I would like to begin this article by letting you know that I’ll be presenting you some reads that inspire me. Generally, those types of articles will of course be about a book on yoga or Ayurveda, but not every time, because yes, there are also other things that inspire me, even if you can easily believe otherwise by reading my works.
Today, I would like to present a very nice book that is especially for those people who are “a bit” into yoga. And yes, everybody has to start somewhere.
“Downward facing dog” by Clémentine Erpicum, Édition la plage.
This is a very fresh book and very different from others on yoga. For once, it’s not a “how-to” for posture-practicing, but it is about the “why” of what we do. And we do not speak here of the “why” at the one of the physical benefits, but its symbolic scope.
Through the reading process you will not only discover the most famous asanas, but you will also be launched into the history of sages, divinities or sacred animals whose name and symbolism was used in the asanas.
As described in the ”Downward facing dog”, each posture has its associated spiritual myth. Reading it not only allows us to perfect our philosophical studies, but also understand their symbolic significance, so we too can benefit from a four-dimensional practice.
The book offers a great journey through time and postures as imagined by the traditional philosophy of yoga.
It may be a nice gift idea for your friends, yoga fans!
For me, the “Downward facing dog” also offered a great way to teach yoga to children in a slightly different light. Kids love it and me too!