One of my favorite things about the yoga community in Cleveland is the multi-talented the teachers who make it up. Tamsin Astor, who teaches at Yoga Roots, holds a PhD in cognitive neuroscience, as well as her RYT500 yoga teacher certification.
Tamsin just released a book called “Force of Habit: Unleash Your Power by Developing Great Habits.” The book blends Tamsin’s scientific background with yoga, Ayurveda, and meditation principles to help you cultivate habits that serve you.
The book’s foundation is tools to build good habits – sleeping, eating, exercising, and working on your relationships with yourself and others. From everything to sleep patterns to healthy eating, Tamsin addresses ways that modern life makes us stressed, tired, and unhappy.
But rather than suggesting we flee to a desert island, Tamsin suggests ways to improve our habits within the construct of our modern life. With lots of practical tips on sleep schedules (they’re not just for Jeffrey apparently), meditation, recipes, and even journal pages and prompts, the book is filled with helpful, easy-to-implement takeaways.
The book is also peppered with quotes from philosophers and authors, letting you know that these ideas aren’t really all that new. But Tamsin presents the ideas in her book in a fun, playful, accessible way (much like her yoga classes, by the way.) Her goal is to help you find your overarching “why,” so that you can cultivate habits that support it.
I’m someone who struggles to keep it all balance (we all do, right?) and would love to find ways to reduce my stress and not just by throwing out the baby with the bathwater. “Force of Habit” is a fabulous way to incorporate some of the yoga philosophies beyond the mat and cultivate healthier, less stressful habits.
“Force of Habit” is currently on sale online and Tamsin teaches regularly at Yoga Roots, so check her out both in her book and on the mat!
***Disclosure: I was asked to review Force of Habit and received a complimentary copy of the book. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***