Book Review: Yoga Girls’ Club by Tiffani Bryant

Review copy graciously provided by publisher through NetGalley.

Yoga Girls Club would be a great resource for any student or adult sponsor looking to start a yoga club at a school or after-school program. I think, and there is research to support the idea, that yoga can be very helpful in educational settings.  Calm and methodical stretching as a “brain break” is a common classroom management tool and helps not only with students’ self control but brain function, as well.  This book would be a neat way to introduce the a yoga practice to interested students as an after-school club or something similar.  Overall, it has many merits, but I do have a few hesitations about it, as well.

Yoga Girls Club by Tiffani Bryant.  Review copy provided by publisher through NetGalley.

Yoga Girls Club by Tiffani Bryant. Review copy provided by publisher through NetGalley.

Yoga’s benefits are not limited to girls, so I would like to see an edition of this book that is not so gender specific. I like the workbook elements incorporated into the book and that it incorporates more than just postures and breathing into its instruction. The book also guides girls to explore their own creativity and goals. The book goes into nice detail about many of the beliefs behind the practice of yoga. I think that this is valuable information to include, but it does elevate the reading level of the text. Additionally, it would be nice if this information was presented in a way that allowed a little more room for readers to consider and explore a yoga practice within their own system of beliefs.  I think that this background could be presented more as informational context rather than things inherent to a yoga practice. The instruction of poses and movement is accurate and detailed, but may be more accurate if reorganized and labeled steps. More pictures in this portion of the book may also be helpful.

Overall, the I think the book is a fantastic concept that has been pretty well executed save for the few recommendations made here.

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