Book Review: 1,001 Pearls of Yoga Wisdom

1,001 Pearls of Yoga Wisdom

My favorite yoga book right now is 1,001 Pearls of Yoga Wisdom: Take Your Practice Beyond the Mat by Liz Lark. This chunky little reference book is my go-to book for quick inspiration and random yoga facts. Plus, it’s a steal at $9.95 because it’s one of those books that you’ll refer to thousands of times.

The book is divided into seven sections:

  1. Starting Your Day Well
  2. Throughout Your Working Day
  3. Time for Yourself
  4. Relating to Others
  5. In Times of Trouble
  6. Winding Down
  7. Ending Your Day Well

Each of the 1,001 yoga pearls of wisdom in this handy-dandy guide are numbered and highlighted with cute illustrations and modern colors. I often grab it and open it to a random page; sometimes I land on an illustrated yoga pose with a description and sometimes I land on an inspirational quote or a factoid about yoga history. Here are some of my recent favs:

  • #137 – Morning blessing Before leaving the house or beginning your daily yoga practice, open yourself up to what this day can bring you by repeating the following Sanskrit blessing for peace: Loka samasta sukhino bhavantu – “May happiness be unto the world.” (p. 82)
  • #192 – Simply be yourself “When you are content to be simply yourself, And don’t compete or contend, You will gain true respect.” Lao Tzu (c.604-c.531BCE), China (p. 99)
  • #907 – Lengthening the out-breath To induce a tranquil mind, watch the flow of your breath through your body. Notice how this diverts your mind from other distractions. Then, gradually lengthen each out-breath, or recaka, until it becomes twice the duration of the inhalation, or puraka. After a few minutes, notice how much more relaxed you feel. (p. 340)

I have found that if I allow my mind to go on and on with its own thinking, it will obsess on unfruitful thoughts. When I replace those thoughts with something interesting or inspirational like those found in this book, my mind takes off on a lighter path and my whole day is better.

P.S. While you’re ordering one for yourself, you may want to add a few to use as hostess gifts this holiday season. It’s a fun and affordable little gift that is sure to please.

Darla Brown

By Darla Brown

Darla Brown is the founder of Share Yoga and a certified yoga teacher. Darla's love of yoga started over 20 years ago. She has taken teacher training and intensives with master teacher Max Strom as well as Jamie Elmer, Kyra Haglund, Luke Ketterhagen and Nancy Goodstein. Darla's practice focuses on breath and healing.

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  1. I love this book also. I keep it in the bathroom and read a few entries in the morning. Then I have some fresh ideas in mind to try during the day.

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