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Five Essential Beginner Yoga Books For Women To Buy And Start To Their Yoga Education (Video)

21 Aug

Ladies! Build Your Yoga Education At Home 🙂

I know when I first got into yoga the FIRST thing I did was to buy a book. I’m a fiend when it comes to books 🙂

The thing is that there are so many yoga books out there and I had no idea which were the best yoga books to buy, let alone yoga books that were accessible and not too full of yoga jargon with concepts that at that time, I wasn’t ready to digest.

I’ve decided to offer you some of my favorite yoga books for you to buy (or borrow from the Library. I’m a huge Library proponent) in order to enhance your yoga and health know-how! I have to disclose fully that they do have a bit of a female bias, but for my male subscribers, you’ll still find a wealth of information applicable to both men and women.

This whole thing was inspired by the crazy amount of emails that I get asking for advice about this very subject 🙂

Here’s the latest email from one of you lovely folks:

I am a beginner at yoga and just subscribed to your podcasts. I am interested in reading more about yoga and was wondering if there are any books you would recommend?

You can refer to the video above for a more in depth description of why I chose these books, but I’m linking to all the books that I mention below. All links to these books are using my Amazon Affiliate links, which will give me a little bit of cash to buy even more yoga books 😉 Wouldn’t you like to support my yoga reading habits?

yoga for women's health

The Women’s Book of Yoga and Health by Linda Sparrowe and Patricia Walden

This is one of my all time favorites! I use it for reference all the time. This is a MUST for your yoga library.

relaxation and stress relief yoga book

Relax and Renew by Judith Lasater

I was able to build a restorative yoga practice at home following some of her sequences. So much great information.

Anusara Yoga philosophy book

Yoga From The Inside Out: Making Peace With Your Body Through Yoga by Christina Sell

I have more sticky notes in this book than in any other book in my Yoga Library! Sometimes I just open it and use one of Christina’s sentences to inspire an entire class 😀

ayurveda for women's health

Ayurveda For Women by Dr. Robert Svoboda

This was the first Ayurveda book that I bought. I now a own a bunch more by Dr. Svoboda and have learned tons about this incredible way of life.

mother and daughter wisdom

Mother-Daughter Wisdom: Creating a Legacy of Physical and Emotional Health by Christiane Northrup

I bought this book when I found out I was pregnant. At first I thought that it was meant to be a book for mother’s of daughters but then I realized that it was a book for daughters. All women are daughters. All women have mothers, living, dead or absent. I guarantee that you will be inspired by what you read in this book and how it can help you be as healthy as you can be.

Do you have any books to add to this list?

Please share them in the comments below! I’m sure I’m not the only one that’s looking to build her yoga library 😉


EYK 5: Interview With Donna De Lory, Inspiring Yoga Books and West Africa

8 Jun

donna de lory sanctuary

Hello everybody and welcome to EYK Episode 5!

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Just in case you are a new listener, the Elsie’s Yoga Kula Episodes are all about community. There are times when I want share with you guys more than the 5-7 minute intro to my Yoga Class Episodes will allow me 😉 This is where I share some of the feedback that I’ve gotten from you guys, plus answer some questions I get, or anything else that I desire to put out. As with Episode 4 of EYK, this episode also has an interview!

This episode is brought to you by Elsie’s Yoga Class Podcast App for the iPhone and iPod touch, you can find it in the iTunes App Store for $3.99. I’m finally being more digilent at making sure that I do add the extra content to the app, so if you look at the extras, you’ll find a PDF of the class sequence, and for this one, a free MP3 from our guest Donna De Lory 🙂 Have you had a chance to check out her music? Well if you haven’t I’m going to intersperse her music from her latest album Sanctuary throughout our interview. She is a FASCINATING woman. I cannot wait to share her story with you guys. Did you know that she worked with Madonna. THE Madonna, on tour…for many years? Pretty cools stuff…

I’ve been using her music before my public classes and during my private sessions. I love the way it lingers in the background and inspires and yet stays out of the way. My FAVORITE track on the album is called Bathe in These Waters. It gets me every time!

Virtual Yoga Student Feedback and Questions

Along with this interview I I’ll be reading some feedback from you lovely folks and address some questions so that everyone may benefit!

So listen to the full episode! It’s 58 min long 😀

Also a little reminder: Give it up for my awesome sponsors Prancing Leopard Organics 🙂 Their clothing is off the hook. If you haven’t had an opportunity to check out some of their stuff, DO IT! I’m also in the process of getting a few more reviews out there letting you know about some other pieces from their line. I ADORE their stuff! And special for you all….You guys get a 15% coupon code at checkout by using the coupon code that I mention on the podcast!

Speaking of reviews…like I mentioned before, I’m going to be doing more and more of them, and I would love to include you guys in the whole thing! Soooooo, if you have a favorite yoga mat, yoga prop, yoga clothing, that you adore please submit a review! I have a little form that you can submit OR you can use the form as a guideline, write your own thing and send it one in! eyogaclass (at) gmail (dot) com.
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Links mentioned in this episode:

Donna De Lory’s Website (you can subscribe to her email list there for her upcoming shows)



Yoga From The Inside Out: Making Peace with Your Body Through Yoga – Christina Sell

Christina Sell’s Blog

Living Your Yoga: Finding the Spiritual in Everyday Life- Judith Hanson Lasater

Meditations from the Mat: Daily Reflections on the Path of Yoga- Rolf Gates and Katrina Kenison

Waking: A Memoir of Trauma and Transcendence- Matthew Sanford

Dave Stringer

Rod Stryker

The Boddhi Tree Bookstore

Donna De Lory’s Upcoming Concert Dates:

Saturday, June 12th, 2010 8:00 PM

Benefit for Jason Frahm
Exhale Center for Sacred Movement
245 South Main Street
Venice, CA 90291
310 450 7676
Price: $25 Suggested Donation

Wednesday, July 7th, 2010 3:30 PM

Lilith Fair
Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre
San Diego (Chula Vista), CA
For tickets go to:

Saturday, July 24th, 2010 2:30 PM

Lilith Fair
Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
Toronto, ON
For tickets go to:

Thursday, July 29th, 2010 5:00 PM

Music Festival and Yoga Retreat
Squaw Valley
North Lake Tahoe, CA
July 29-August 1st, 2010.
More information to come!

Thursday, September 9th, 2010 3:00 PM

3-Day Kirtan Festival
Bhakti Fest
Twenty-Nine Palms Highway
Joshua Tree, CA 59700
Bhakti Fest is a three day music festival celebrating devotion
through chanting, yoga, meditation and community, September 9-12th

Thank you tons for listening every body. I hope that this was at minimum helpful to you in some way. If you have any questions, problems or feedback please feel free to email me at eyogaclass (at) gmail (dot) com or call me 310 651 6238!!! I LOVE to play some voice feedback from you guys!!!

If you do have a chance please head on over to iTunes and review the podcast or the podcast app. I cannot tell you how much it helps to keep the podcast visible. Oh and while on the subject of reviews…I got a pretty negative one the other day…It was kinda sucky, but hey, it happens and it really taught me a bunch, which I wrote in a blog post.

Looking forward to hearing from you and already editing Episode 81! It’s gonna be an awesome class 😉 Bye bye!

Organic Yoga Clothing Review: Prancing Leopard Organics The Jumpsuit Aix-en-Provence (with Video)

2 May

Prancing Leopard Organics

I sooooo wish that the weather would have cooperated with me just a tiny little bit more, as the reason I’ve been taking so long to review the Prancing Organics clothes is simply cause it’s been a tad too chilly!

I tend to run cold….


We begin with the loveliest of the lovely The Jumpsuit Aix-en-Provence!

My review guidelines are simple: efficacy, economy, exigency and aesthetics

You can either watch the 5 min review video below, or you can simply read the post 😀 It’s all up to you!


The ease of movement in this jumpsuit is awesome. Doing a full practice is pristine. It moves with the body seamlessly…and speaking of seams…it feels like there aren’t any! My experience practicing with this thing on was blissful. I holds sweat pretty well and does not get in the way, just the opposite, it really feels like you aren’t wearing anything because it’s so loose 🙂

The Jumpsuit Aix-en-Provence is quite effective as a dressier type of outfit.. The material is high quality and paired off with some high heeled boots or some sweet platform sandals or heels, add some funky jewelry and it would be a pretty delectable outfit. Bonus, you’d be crazy comfortable wherever you went 😀

The pockets! It has the coolest pockets! Those puppies come in very handy.

How does owning this jumpsuit make your life easier? If you’re traveling for a yoga workshop/conference, it’s easily packable and light weight. It’s also one piece of clothing, so you don’t have to waste time trying to match tops and bottoms. Putting it on is a breeze. Now, specifically for me, having a jumpsuit is a bit of a challenge while going potty as often times I have my 18 month old daughter with me, and well…let’s just say that it’s not as efficient for me at this point in my life 😉

Very important observation: you MUST wear a sports bra or something else underneath the thing if you are practicing yoga, as my lovelies kept on popping out!


Prancing Leopard Organics The design is effective and I would venture to say very artistic. It was very easy to get in and out of it. There are no buttons or tags anywhere and it feels like a dream! This is not your random piece of clothing. It is unique. It is well thought out and beautifully made. It is without a doubt a fashionable garment. Given all of that the price tag reflects that level of workmanship and artistry.

There are 2 types of Jumpsuit Aix-en-Provence: The cotton jersey, which is $147 and the fine cotton which is $163. The insights I share with you about this garment are regarding the Jumpsuit Aix-en-Provence cotton jersey, which absolutely feels like fine cotton! I do believe that it is appropriately priced, especially when you take into account the values of the company and their commitment to sustainability . Even if you do get your money’s worth this garment may be out of some people’s price range.


The Jumpsuit Aix-en-Provence doesn’t try to be anything that it is not. Like I mentioned before this is a very unique piece of clothing. It is luxurious, it is feminine, it is special and it may not be for everybody. I believe this is the sort of garment that if it’s meant to be yours it will be. It requires commitment to pull off it’s style.

Prancing Leopard OrganicsThe need that this garment fills is that of beautiful clothes that can be worn for an array of occasions. This is a piece of clothing that you could feasably go to work in, practice yoga, dance, pilates in and then go out on the town in. You may or may not wanna do all this in one day…but I digress 😉 What I’m saying is that you are not just purchasing a work out outfit, you are investing in an outfit that will work in a lot of different ways.

Insight: lovely and luxurious clothing such as this is more challenging to wear if you are a Mom of little ones. The first time that I put on my jumpsuit, within a few minutes, my daughter had peed on it and I got some Burt’s Bees Diaper Ointment on it *sigh*. Believe me, I was NOT happy.


I love, love LOVE my jumpsuit. I feel great in it. I feel feminine. I feel pretty in it, and absolutely comfortable to boot! When I wear it, I feel a bit more dressed up than with my usual yoga gear. It just feels soooo darn good on my body! I adore the fact that it’s all flowy and falls so beautifully. I had a fellow yoga teacher ask me if I’d lost weight ( I hadn’t). I told her “nope, it’s the outfit”. And that was the truth. 😀 It falls just perfectly while accentuating all the ‘right’ parts.

When I stepped out wearing my jumpsuit for the first time (after I cleaning up the sprinkle pee and diaper ointment) within 10 minutes I had another woman comment on how cool my outfit was. It really is a cool outfit.

One of the main reasons that I love prancing leopard is their philosophy. Here’s a bit:

Love, care and organic cotton: this is our passion. Our dream is really great clothing that intelligently supports a dynamic lifestyle and a company that endeavors to give back to the society, culture and the earth in every way. Balance.

To benefit both the wearer as well as the world, we chose organic fabrics. Our goal was to find the most beautiful fabrics, combining natural organic fibers with comfort and performance. Made with sustainable fibers to support organic farmers and sustainable farming practices.

♥ I adore my jumpsuit ♥

Of course if you want to get your own sweet Jumpsuit head on over to 😀

Do you own this jumpsuit? How about sharing your own insights? The more we share the more well rounded information we can provide!

Are you up for reviewing one of your favorite products for EYK? Just use THIS as a guideline, OR simply submit the questionnaire and I’ll happily post it for you. Enrich the kula, and help us all make choices that line up best to our individual needs.

Review: Green Apple Relaxed Fit Yoga Pants via Sara Lee Cecy

5 Apr

Organic Bambu and Cotton Green Apple Yoga Pant

I am thrilled to bring to you the first review by an online yoga community member. Go virtual kula power 😉 The mighty Sara Lee Cecy is sharing with us her love for some pretty awesome yoga pants from Green Apple a “company… pioneered with the vision to innovate and create new organic products for the active lifestyler.” On the Website the 33″ Relaxed Yoga Flare Pants by Green Apple are described this way:

Streamlined and ultra-comfortable, this flattering relaxed pant is made in a lightweight bamboo support jersey. Self fabric waistband can be folded over to create a lower rise. Contrast scar stitch detail, logo embroidery in front. 33″ inseam with raw edge hems that allow you to cut to your perfect length. 11″ bottom flare. Relaxed Fit.

Fabulous Comfy and Organic Yoga Pants!

And here’s what Sara Lee had to say about this green clothing brand and sustainable fashion!

(if you would like to connect with Sara Lee, you can find her on her sweet blog, and Facebook 🙂

Efficacy: This is all about results RATING = ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

How well did the product do what it was supposed to do? Did it work or not?

The pants work really- on or off of the mat. And they washed beautifully with no shrinkage.

In what way has it made your life easier, more productive, more efficient or not?

As of late my job as a scenic painter for theatre is very physical- I look forward to coming home and relaxing and yoga is a must at the beginning and the end of the day. These pants are so comfortable! I am eager to get to the mat when I put them on and they not only feel GREAT- but I feel great in them!

Economy: The least amount of effort for the greatest amount of results RATING = ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

How clear and simple is the design/layout?

Very simple- not a lot of ‘extra stuff’ in terms of graphics, etc.

Where there unnecessary features/explanations?


Was easy to use/interact with the product?

Yes- I followed the washing instructions and did not shrink them!!

Was it priced appropriately in terms of workmanship and usefulness?

This was a gift. On the website they are priced at 45.00 which might seem like a lot- depending on an individual’s budget. I have found though- that if it is good quality then it is so worth it in the long run- the right tool for the job!

Exigency: Auspicious needs in particular situations. RATING = ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Is this a resourceful solution for a pressing need?

For my individual purposes I would say that it was a great solution for a need- but not a pressing need.

Is this just enough? not more than necessary nor less than necessary.

For my self- yes, if these were the only yoga pants I had I would be still be so happy.

Aesthetics: This is all about Beauty and Goodness! RATING = ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Green Apple Organic Clothing Facts

Use physical and/or internal senses to share the beauty (touching, smelling, seeing, hearing, tasting) Did it inspire your mind, emotions or spirit?

I put them on and I want to be on the mat- I feel good about myself and am inspired to nurture that.

What is the product made of?

60% Certified Organic Bamboo/26% Certified Organic Cotton/14% Spandex

Is the product environmentally sustainable and/or is the company conscious about the world as a whole?


Does it bring more beauty to the world?

YES! These pants feel great- I put them on and want to head to the mat- they help nurture my practice ( a pair of pants!) I also know- having gone to the Green Apple site that they evolved from an individual’s idea to create a line of active wear that was economically and environmentally friendly -nurturing on a bigger scale.

If you want to purchase these lovely yoga pants, head on over to the Green Apple site. Green Apple is also on Twitter: @GreenAppleCND

If you are interested in reviewing one of YOUR favorite yoga products for EYK just fill out this Yoga Product Review Submission 😀 Or you can also use the form as a guideline to write your own creative review and submit the full article to me at eyogaclass (at) gmail (dot) com. Looking forward to hearing from you!