Be Your Spirit: a guide to health and happiness based on the yoga sutras
Be Your Spirit is a book of the times; in an era where mindfulness is making its way into academic classrooms and physical education curriculum, intervention therapies, and corporate wellness plans, Randy Niederman is heading steadfast in the radical action. With an all-around impetus for mental health awareness campaigns and social cooperation, there comes this here book to keep the movement going and the masses thinking. One need not be fluent in yoga poses to appreciate and adopt the literature of its life teachings and meanings—Be Your Spirit achieves exactly that and more. Randy Niederman brings authenticity back to the modern, hipster fad through bite-size visuals and sections that introduce the yoga sutras for positive being and happiness. There’s a verbal ease to an otherwise hard subject, and the chapters read like a natural progression in stream of consciousness and understanding. The text is entirely applicable, accessible, and grounded in illustrations and figures that aid in balancing the spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical muscles, such as the Yin and Yang of Change, the conflict-peace relationship in yin and yang energy, the combinations of yin and yang in a hexagram, the anatomy of the OM symbol, breathing and hand positions, then the six points with energy channels in the body. Be Your Spirit is ambitious and trendy without sounding pretentious in its instructional delivery; the overall communication is high-minded and methodical, but still maintains an unobtrusive and usable tone about an audience seeking a greater sense of fulfillment in their daily existence. Sprinkled throughout are mini exercises to remind the reader to take a moment and practice an awakened state like a happiness questionnaire, a graphic organizer for self-development coined the “Medicine Wheel,” and physical movement drills to stimulate concentration, relaxation, energy restoration, and bliss. Be Your Spirit is a comprehensive yogi manual for the everyday reader to approach the humdrum.