3 out of 5 stars
I would like to thank Quarto Publishing Group – Ivy Press for providing me with a free electronic ARC of this book, via Netgalley, in exchange for an open and honest review.
Okay, so this book seems to be similar to ‘Secrets of Aromatherapy’ – which I also read around the same time…. And, sadly, the same issues I had with ‘Secrets of Aromatherapy’ happened with ‘Secrets of Ayurveda’ too.
It is another book that starts out well, and I found the whole history and logic of Ayurveda fascinating… as I’d honestly not heard much about it before. And I totally felt a connection to its logic and holistic approach to health. Has quite a few good principles and ideas.
However, the layout and formatting was another let down. Jumbled, all over the place and, although the book was supposedly broken into the four sections, the jumbled formatting seemed to just go wherever and not really match to the section of the book it was shown in. Perhaps this would have been easier to read as a paper book – where I could flip through the pages easily? Perhaps it would have worked better for me if I knew more about Ayurveda and wasn’t such a newb that the cluttered appearance got me lost and put me off.
I seriously feel someone who has more of an idea about Ayurveda is going to get MUCH MORE out of ‘Secrets of Ayurveda’ than I did. As I got the feeling a lot of its secrets… remained a secret to me.
So, it’s another good book simply given to the wrong reader – me. Gosh I am good at finding these, aren’t I? 😉 Seriously though, it did have a lot of really interesting information in it that has had me start looking into where to find local Ayurveda practitioners… but I strongly feel this book isn’t one for a newb, I should have should me a ‘Dummies guide to Ayurveda’ as this book is far more suited to those already educated in its holistic principles and already practicing some, if not all, of them.
Would I recommend this book to others?
I think I would… but only to those who already know all about Ayurveda and aren’t just learning like me. This is because people as clueless as me may find it as overwhelming and hard to follow the more you read it. Definitely a better guidebook for those in the know.
Would I buy this book for myself?
Probably not. Even if I do look into Ayurveda more and start seeing a practitioner of it… this book is still more for them than me. I think something more on Ayurveda and everyday life would be better suited. The ‘Secrets of Ayurveda’ comes across more as a book for people who wish to practice it on themselves as well as others, where I just was curious in how to incorporate it into my own life. My Ayurveda training wheels still need to be attached!
In summary, a very interesting and informative book… I was just the wrong reader.
Until next time,