We bring this month’s health books to inspire you to believe in the power of yoga, practice meditation, eat meaningful diet, and increase your motivation

Yoga of Rehabilitation – The Twelve Sutras for Overcoming Addiction

From Anjali Talcherkar, Garuda Prakashan

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This book is an open confession from an Indian-American woman, Anjali Talcherkar, who practiced yoga to help her overcome her addiction. It’s about her courageous transformation from a teenage boy in the United States caught in the nexus of alcohol, drugs, and a state of denial. Years later, a course at the Art of Living Ashram in India helped her regain her sense of direction, but hit rock bottom again after the death of her husband, who, ironically, was suffering from a drug overdose. Yoga gave her the courage to get up again, she writes.

Over the years of her rehabilitation, learning, and emergence, Anjali completed her PhD in Integrative Medicine to back up her experience with scientific research. The book describes specific asanas, mantras and healing mottos. “Transcending addiction requires a deep search within, and as we work through the 12 sutras we go through a complete psychological and spiritual change,” she assures us.

Science of Yoga: Understand the anatomy and physiology to perfect your practice

By Ann Swanson, Dorling Kindersley

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This easy-to-understand, comprehensive guide delves into the science behind yoga and its benefits. The well-researched book includes annotated artwork to demonstrate the different types of yoga how it affects breathing and blood flow to various organs in the body. Readers learn about muscle and joint actions in every posture.

The author has highlighted 30 important standing and sitting asanas and also included an extensive chapter in a Q&A format that clears up many doubts for those looking to incorporate yoga into their daily lives.

Intrinsic

From Sharath Jeevan, Hachette India

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Sharath Jeevan, founder of the startup STIR Education, says that society today is in a motivational chaos. Virtually everyone at some point in life feels jaded, dissatisfied with the organization they work for or the academic institutions their children attend. Many feel alienated from the society in which they live in the face of many individual, family or community problems. But it doesn’t have to be like that, writes the author and shows how motivating thinking is the key to changing our state of mind.

Applying the concepts of purpose (how and what we do to help others), autonomy (our ability to transform a negative thought or situation into a positive one), and mastery (the continuous urge to get better and better) and examples from around the world, the author helps readers gain a fresh perspective on their motivational crisis.

The book inspires you to rediscover yourself, to reorient yourself and to fall in love with life because it tries to get you out of the malaise you find yourself in.

Lose Fat, Get Fit: The Simple Science of Staying Healthy for a Lifetime

From Jitendra Chouksey, Rupa publications

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This book challenges readers to begin their fitness journey without further delay. It leads the way with step-by-step instructions that are based on scientific research and debunk many myths surrounding diet and fitness.

Jitendra Chouksey, founder and CEO of Fittr, seeks to educate readers about quantified diet (carefully measuring the nutrients you consume) and exercise, which he describes as the two cornerstones of good health. He says that the principles he shares, if followed correctly, will help even the most stubborn of people make lifestyle changes and take small steps toward fitness. It is an opportunity to start a new life, he writes.

The key to good health

from Dr. HV Sardesai, Ink innovations

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In this informative and interesting reading, the author shows how we can take our health into our own hands and manage it better for our own good. Today people rely on information from WhatsApp redirects or other social media and it can lead to misunderstandings about illnesses and diseases.

Given the amount of irrelevant information floating around, the author felt compelled to write the book to reiterate the importance of hygiene, diet, and exercise in everyone’s life. He covers key issues like anemia, micronutrient deficiencies, lack of cleanliness and sanitation, and how that can affect us. He writes that there can be no compromises when it comes to proper nutrition, regular exercise, diagnosis and the timely treatment of ailments. We alone are responsible for our health and quality of life. Instead of falling into fancy diets and expensive alternatives, we should understand what is good and important for our body in order to keep it healthy, he writes.

soma.basu@thehindu.co.in

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