By Melody Lima
As soon as this sweet, petite book arrived at my home I flipped through several pages and tossed it in my bag with a smile.
Immediately, Yoga 365: Daily Wisdom for Life, On And Off The Mat become a tool for my practice, as a student and as a yoga teacher both on & off the mat. Its daily structure of inspiration reminded me of Judith Hanson Lasaster’s A Year of Living Your Yoga—a mainstay on many yogi bookshelves.
In Yoga 365, Susanna Harwood Rubin shares a yogic rhythm of daily practice with inspirational bits and pieces that include asana, myths, mantras, mudras, meditation, breath work and more.
Ms. Harwood Rubin is a fixture of the New York City yoga community. She first arrived in the 1990’s as an artist studying for her Master’s and showed her artwork in the downtown galleries. While working at the Museum of Modern Art giving lectures on art history, she found herself in a yoga class seeking to manage her stress from the competitive art world.
These classes introduced Ms. Harwood Rubin to some of Anusara’s most popular yoga teachers. Continuing her interest and education of yoga, she slowly began to blend her love of art history with her newly found passion for yoga philosophy and Hindu deities. She began to write about these passions on popular yoga blogs.
In a recent podcast with J of J. Brown Yoga, Ms. Rubin talks about how Hindu deities are a “collection of metaphors” within ourselves to call to the surface during our yoga and chanting practices.
Yoga 365: Daily Wisdom for Life, On And Off The Mat feels like a collection of Ms. Harwood Rubin’s passions that are shared with the reader, connected with a thread of compassion. These daily offerings provide a glimpse into Ms. Harwood Rubin’s well-traveled path like the many stamps in her passport. A blending of cultures woven together to support any yogi’s practice on and off the mat.
This writer and yoga teacher loves the ease of wisdom right at my fingertips that this book offers simply by reaching into my yoga bag. I have followed along daily to observe these teachings for my personal practice. Also, I have randomly opened the book to any page to share its wisdom or inspiration with students.
There are many yogic gems in Yoga 365: Daily Wisdom for Life, On And Off The Mat, and it will become an essential prop for practice many days after the initial year. It’s must have for the yogi book shelf.
Editor: Dana Gornall