Every January we see New Year’s resolutions that include starting a regular yoga practice. Making a New Year’s Resolution is about embracing change. Change is powerful, exciting and fulfilling, but ultimately difficult. Yoga is the ultimate agent for change.With the publication of her new book “The Art of Feeling Good: The Power of Àse Yoga” (iUniverse, $14.95), Dr. Robbin Alston extends her yoga instruction beyond the studio and targets female African American readers. As the founder and owner of Àse Yoga Studios and Tea Room in Philadelphia, the longtime master and yoga practitioner’s experience
is compelling and aids her mission to bring yoga to those who might otherwise bypass it. “The perception becomes I can’t do the poses, so I can’t do yoga,” Alston says. “ ‘The Art of Feeling Good’ dispels that myth with emphasis on thought, communication, relating and activating readers’ vital energy centers.”
Alston earned a BA in psychology from LaSalle University and a master’s degree and PhD from Temple University. She is an Adjunct Professor at Lincoln University in Lincoln, Pa. With an advanced training in classical yoga, her yoga practice extends on the mat as well as off the mat. Alston’s emphasis on the uniquely African American and specifically female aspects of her book.
“Women have endured a history of subjugation and limitation, but African-American women endured a history of enslavement, rape, torture, lynching and dehumanization. It continues to affect how we see ourselves,” explains Alston, who says her intent is to introduce a “… healing practice that respects and responds to our diverse direct experiences in this world.”
The balancing power of Àse Yoga, a blend of personal energy, healing asanas, healthy lifestyles, breath connection, rhythmic movements and guided meditations are designed to activate vital energy centers and engender authentic relationships with yourself and others. The book encourages African American women to begin embracing and re-claiming yoga as practice for healing. “I want people to realize that yoga is just not about poses, but indeed a practice in healthy living,” says Alston. “I want them to see that my personal life speaks to the power
“The Art of Feeling Good” is available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble Booksellers.