Some people are just born to practice yoga. Darren Rhodes comes from a family of yogis and studied with some of modern yoga’s pioneers before becoming the director of YogaOasis in Tucson in 1999. He has been teaching for over twenty years now. His book, Yoga Resource Practice Manual, is one of the most valuable assets for your yoga library. It includes detailed practice instructions of over 360 poses.
Darren may be most known for Yogahour®. He developed this practice to skillfully pack as much asana as possible into a 60-minute class without losing important alignment instructions. Set to an upbeat soundtrack, these classes are fun and powerful. He trains people to teach this unique style and also offers several Hatha Yoga programs each year.
Our motto is to make the difficult doable, and the doable more difficult. (Yogahour) isDarren Rhodes in a 2013 elephant journal article
thehardest thing I’ve ever taught, and a synthesis of everything I’ve been influenced by from Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Iyengar and Anusara.
In 2008 Darren was named one of Yoga Journal’s “21 Talented Young Teachers Shaping the Future of Yoga.” He teaches internationally but calls Tucson home. You can pop into YogaOasis Downtown or YogaOasis Central to catch a class with him or check out one of his online courses.
What is Yoga Resource Practice Manual about?
Yoga Resource Practice Manual is a comprehensive guide for yoga practitioners of all levels. All rolled into one, it is a reference manual, an instruction guide and a photo library of 360 poses (425 photos).
Who should read it?
Whether you are a beginner interested in learning step-by-step practice instructions, or a seasoned practitioner looking to take your practice to the next level with advanced tips and techniques, this book has something useful for you.
What was your reason for writing it?
These poses were initially used for a yoga poster called “Penchant for Practice”. While all those poses were still fresh in mind and body I figured why the hatha-hell not. Since I was confident it would offer something of sadhana (practice) significant value to practitioners, it became a dharma imperative.
What is one thing you hope people take away from reading your book?
Inspiration to continue to practice. Please practice.
Do you have plans for another book?
I have plans to not write a book. This book says all I have to say when it comes to getting into and out of the full gamut of asana (postures).
Darren teaches locally at YogaOasis. Learn more at yogaoasis.com
Yoga Resource Practice Manual by Darren Rhodes (photography by Michael Longstaff) is available online at amazon.com