“Yoga Through the Year is a beautiful combination of yoga history and philosophy as well as practices and meditations that invite readers to harmonize with the wisdom of the seasons and discover the power of living in alignment with mother nature and her intelligent, nurturing, and powerful energy. I recommend this book to yoga practitioners of all levels as well as those interested in studying the majesty of the natural world and expanse of the human experience." -
"As both a yoga teacher and yoga student, I found ‘Yoga through the Seasons’ a genuine delight to read. Part yoga guide, part life coach, this book shares in an accessible way some of the key principles of yoga philosophy and marries them with beautiful, flowing yoga practices, sensitive visualisations and thought-provoking meditation questions. The thread binding all of these elements together is the cycle of the seasons. By aligning ourselves to the prevalent energy of the current season, we can bring our lives into balance, achieving just the right amount of activity, rest and contemplation. Jilly is a wise and reassuring presence throughout the book, encouraging us to be present – to this breath, to this moment, to this season – to live and to practise yoga in a way that is respectful of both our bodies and Mother Earth. The book holds a particular resonance at this time, when we are becoming ever more aware of the damage we humans are causing to the planet. Jilly’s inspiring words and thoughtful suggestions can only lead us towards a more compassionate, harmonious and healthier life. I recommend this book whole-heartedly – I loved it."
Judy Brenan, British Wheel of Yoga Teacher
“This book encourages the yoga practitioner to tune in to the subtle changes each Season brings in. It is enriching to stay open and receptive to the moods and modes each season suggests as it comes into being.
When yoga is perceived and practised as a constant adjustment to what “there is now”, our dialogue with Nature and the seasons adds more liveliness, and lightness to the practice. It stimulates a more penetrating sensation of extension into the Earth and expansion into Space until, with time, they become our beloved teachers.
We often expect that long years of practice will take us to a magic land called meditation.
One day as we stop in a wood and lean and touch the bark of a tree...as we listen to the wind playing with its leaves and branches we are overwhelmed by the miracle of its strength and beauty. That inner smile of joy that follows holds the real essence of meditation. In that instant we are reassured that meditation is inside each and every gesture like a very precious gem. Always within reach, always available.”
Sandra Sabatini, author of "Breath the Essence of Yoga", and her forthcoming book "The Whole Body Breathing"
"The essence of this book is integration, mind and body, male and female, life and death by using the analogy of the seasons. The techniques of yoga form the primary thread, but mindfulness and compassion and poetry also woven throughout the narrative. In this age of increasing fragmentation, I can recommend this book as unifying force."
Professor Janet Treasure PhD FRCP FRCpsych
"Yoga Through the Year, brilliantly reclaims yoga as a nature-based and female-centered practice that is perfect for every body! Author Jilly Shipway incorporates the wisdom of trees to guide seasonal specific poses, offers personal questions to meditate on, and provides activities designed to internally integrate us into what Nature powerfully teaches us throughout the year. Based on the legend of Gonika, mother of Patanjali, that the origin of yoga was born from the womb of the earth, Shipway powerfully demonstrates that “When we connect with the earth though our seasonal practice we are united with yoga itself”. While Yoga Through the Year is written for everyone, it is refreshing to finally have a yoga practice that speaks to me a woman, a witch, and lover of Nature!"
- Ruth Barrett, author of "Women’s Rites, Women’s Mysteries – Intuitive Ritual Creation"
“This is an inspirational book; drawn from the breath of life experience & yoga practice on & off the mat. Jilly Shipway’s ‘Yoga Through the Year’ invites us to go on a yoga journey of exploration; to see the yoga world from different perspectives, travel through the yoga year in four seasons & explore different ways of ‘doing’ yoga. It is a guidebook of yogic connections which endeavours to link our yoga practice with the natural world outside. Jilly Shipway steers us safely through an annual spirit-nature trail, with thought provoking yoga asana practices, meditations, visualisations, creative projects, poetry & tree wisdom inspired thoughts.
This book is also part of an important movement in the yoga world in recent years; to address & redress the male bias historically inherent in the yoga world. Linking our yoga practice with the seasons & nature, offers a way to integrate & balance the male & female elements in us all. ‘Ha-tha’ yoga means ‘sun-moon’ yoga. This has traditionally related to male-female, light-dark, spirit-nature... If we can creatively engage with & integrate these elements in our yoga practice, then these practices & connections can develop new pathways of mutual respect, harmony & balance over time.
This is no ordinary book! I found it immensely interesting, thought & practice provoking. I thoroughly recommend for anyone wishing to explore new territory in their yoga practice throughout the year!”
Lindy Roy, Viniyoga teacher, and Whole Woman practitioner.