Book Review: Yoga for Witches by Sarah Robinson

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About the Author

Sarah Robinson is a yoga and meditation teacher based in Bath, UK. Her background is in science; she holds an MSc in Psychology and Neuroscience and has studied at Bath, Exeter and Harvard Universities. Sarah has practiced yoga since the age of seven. Weaving in her love of all things myth, magic and goddess, Sarah is passionate about creating magic to inspire and transform. Through yoga, meditation and ritual she aims to help everyone connect to their own special magic and inner power.

About Yoga for Witches

Witches who practice yoga, even casually or occasionally, have likely felt that there is an inherent magic in such movement; a 30-minute session of intentional engagement on your mat can sometimes prove far more transformational than a much longer session of any other type of mere exercise. It may be as simple as noticing that a previously low mood has been lifted ever-so-slightly, or something more profound – perhaps feeling as though a uniquely powerful energy is coursing through your body at the conclusion of a practice. Yoga for Witches is a beautiful exploration of the interconnectedness of these two practices, brimming with creative ideas for integrating them within a magical lifestyle.

“Yoga and witchcraft share an element of surrendering to the process, to the flow. And it is through that flow that we may discover a little more of who we are.”

Yoga for Witches

As a witch whose “gateway” into the world of magic was strongly influenced by the study and practice of yoga, I was particularly excited to have the opportunity to explore this book. I certainly fall into the above-mentioned category of someone who has always felt that yoga is a unique magic in and of itself, yet have been unsure at times exactly how to articulate that connection. Yoga for Witches does exactly that, while providing an abundance of detailed information that lays a solid foundation for anyone new to witchcraft, yoga, or both. This, of course, is not to say that the book is purely written for beginners. Even after teaching yoga and meditation myself for over six years, I still found some new information that I look forward to trying out on my own – the “Earth Salutation” is a great example of this.

New Witches will Love…

…the extremely detailed foundational discussion of energy magic. The chakra system in particular is something that is frequently referenced in magical discussion, spellwork, rituals, and meditation – yet it is a subject that some other “Witch 101” type texts gloss over, or simply give a 1-2 sentence explanation of each. Not only does Robinson dedicate a large portion of the “Energy Magic” chapter to the chakra system, she approaches the discussion from the angles of both witchcraft and yoga. Each chakra has a dedicated page with detailed correspondences, and a handy chart follows, outlining the associations between the different chakras and various tools often used in witchcraft (essential oils, herbs, and crystals, specifically). 

Experienced Witches will Love…

…the myriad suggestions for ways to incorporate a yoga practice into your craft – whether you are a seasoned yogi, or have never touched a yoga mat in your entire life. I found it especially interesting that Robinson likened prana (life-force) to magic moving around our bodies, and mudras (symbolic gestures performed with the hands and fingers) to spells. The yogic sequences provided for sun, moon, and earth salutations may also prove powerful tools to enhance any established sabbat celebrations and / or esbat rituals that you may have!

Yoga for Witches may be purchased here.

About Briony: Briony Silver is an eclectic witch based in the Pacific Northwest, and the host of the Eclectic Witchery podcast. A proud Cancerian, water and the moon heavily influence her individual Craft – so you can almost always find her wearing something lunar-inspired, while toting a variety of jars, bottles, and vials in her bag. With a background teaching yoga and mindfulness, she enjoys weaving those two practices into her magic, and vice versa. You can connect with her on Instagram at @eclectic_witchery to talk water magic, crystals, moon magic, divination tools, and witchy books galore!

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