I have a library of yoga books, and I really think that Baron Baptiste's "Journey Into Power" is a great book for a more western approach to yoga. It's a great read and has a full practice outlined in the back. I am also reading a book called "Happy Yoga" which is GREAT! Anyway, had to weigh in with the yoga-love!
Thanks for the book recommendations, Nicole! I just picked up "Yoga and the Quest for the True Self" by Stephen Cope from Kripalu in Lenox, MA. You mentioned the western perspective, Cope offers that in this book as well, I'm about 1/2 way through, but I feel I've learned so much already! I'll have to check out the Baptiste book, I don't have many books that outline asanas yet!
It's funny how different areas seem to call yoga class different things. Like, I go to a "heated vinyasa," but I wonder how similar it is to the "power vinyasa" that you teach - is there a difference? That vinyasa class I take is pretty intense, hot, and can be fast paced (we warm up a bit first, then get cranking through usually a variation of sun or moon salutation towards the end). Then I go to "hot power yoga" that they were originally calling "ashtanga" but have since stopped, and it's quite different from the vinyasa class, faster paced for the most part, less focused on breath and alignment it seems, more so just banging out postures. (Yep, since my last writing I've gotten more used to the heat and have taken a stab at more heated classes). Then the Kripalu class that I go to is not heated, but can be very vinyasa-like, but sometimes not, sometimes it's much more gentle. Then, obviously, Bikram is Bikram, you know just what you're going to get everytime!
I'm considering maybe becoming a yoga teacher, too, but I think I have a long way to go. Any advice for a newbie like me?