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Over 20 years ago, Gertrud Hirschi distributed a little accessible guide to yoga as a newspaper supplement. It was a big hit. Tens of thousands were distributed, and here, by popular demand, is a revised edition of her guide. This little book provides basic 7-minute yoga exercises for each day of the week. The exercises are organized by the mythological and planetary significances of each particular day. For example, Sunday’s focus is on light, energy, and expanding one’s heart; Monday is the day of the moon and its focus is on cleansing, introspection, and planning; Tuesday is the day of Mars and its focus is on expression, action, and pursuing goals; and Wednesday is the day of Mercury and is a more volatile time in which the focus is on the power of thought and finding balance. The gentle daily exercises, each including a mantra and a meditation, focus on various parts of the body-from the heart and shoulders to the pelvis and the digestive tract. By the end of the week, the practitioner will have experienced full-body yoga, and every part of the body will feel energized and strong. This is more than a book for the body; Hirschi has constructed a program that aims to heal and energize the soul and spirit. She encourages a practice that promotes a greater sense of purpose, embraces of the richness of life, and provides a sense of total peace and harmony. Clear, gentle, and affirming, this simple guide will be a hit with those new to yoga and longtime practitioners alike.
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