You learn that Iyengar was born with certain infirmities that ignited his passion for therapeutic yoga. He took up teaching yoga against the wishes of his family, causing him to feel embattled and defensive. He adopted stern mannerisms to ward off the advances of students and to keep his vow of brahmacharya , or sexual continence. The book also contains a mix of practice advice and philosophy.
More approachable than a technical manual or a philosophical treatise, Light on Life is a memoir to enjoy from the couch, not to study on the mat. As Iyengar recounts his experiences, he offers his take on the essence of yoga, rather than the asana details he so famously teaches. The book's only practice sequence comes at the end: Asanas for Emotional Stability.
This is, it would seem, what Iyengar has decided is most important: Build your body all you want, but without an open, steady, loving mind and heart, yoga is nothing. Clearly, there are many great how-to practice books and many great works on yoga philosophy, but as Iyengar himself suggests, it's not always easy for us to see the connection between our physical practice and inner transformation.
As a bridge between the two, Judith Hanson Lasater, a longtime teacher and physical therapist with a PhD in East-West psychology, shows us how yoga applies to our daily lives and enables us to act more skillfully in the world. For those seeking to connect their work in forward bends to the work of commuting, managing a career, raising children, and taking care of the small stuff that does sometimes make you sweat, Living Your Yoga is filled with moments of inspiration and opportunity drawn from Lasater's experience as a teacher, shopper, mother, and more.
In sharing her stories, she shows how you, too, can let your practice seep into every corner of your life. Although her book contains a pastiche of inspirational quotes from the Yoga Sutra and Bhagavad Gita, parables, anecdotes, and suggestions for off-the-mat practice, it is mostly a guide to simply noticing your thoughts, feelings, and reactions to the life unfolding around you. Lasater arranges chapters around life's big issues—courage, fear, compassion, faith, impermanence, and love—but she looks for clues in mundane places: in the waiting room at her dentist's office, at the sandbox, in a Calvin and Hobbes cartoon, within a Father's Day card, and even inside a store-bought pie.
When she uncovers a bit of truth, it's often funny, profound, and wholly relatable—as when Lasater's toddler daughter informs a family friend that her stressed-out mommy is practicing "traumayama. Her message is that life, as it is, provides everything you need to guide you to your own enlightenment. Her stories are ones we can all relate to, and you can really get the point: This is all part of the journey. Yoga is everywhere.
One of Lasater's students also has ideas about how yoga can help you on your journey. New Zealand yoga teacher Donna Farhi assisted Lasater for years. Naturally, Farhi too is interested in the intersection between the yoga mat and the "ground" it meets—which is to say, real life. In Bringing Yoga to Life , Farhi uses her experiences as both teacher and student to build a case for getting on a mat.
The first section, "Coming Home," examines the various reasons we practice. The next section, "On the Means," details what's required: slowing down, purifying and disciplining yourself, embodying awareness, observing prana life force , trusting your inner teacher , applying yourself, surrendering, and setting an intention. In a tone that's compassionate but firm, she explores the width, depth, and breadth of the path and addresses the possible pitfalls and stumbles.
The last section, "Roadblocks and Distractions," lets you know what to look out for along your yoga journey and gives advice for dealing with its inevitable snags. Farhi's writings on sloth and resistance will resonate with modern practitioners who allow competing priorities to sink their practice. Farhi combines fun fables and anecdotes from class with questions that any serious practitioner should ask. And she's a vocal advocate of practicing—using your time on the mat to examine your physical and mental patterns every day. Farhi makes it clear that, really, the only thing standing between you and a happy, whole, and healthy life is your own self.
You'll want to come back to her words for inspiration again and again. But to honor the spirit of Farhi's effort, you'll have to put down the book and get on your mat.
Because yoga is for practicing, after all—not just reading about. Gary Kraftsow, the founder of Viniyoga, may be remembered as the author of Yoga for Wellness , a seminal book about applying the tools of yoga in a therapeutic context. But one might argue that Yoga for Transformation, which makes profound practices and abstruse ideas readily available to readers, is an even greater work. In Yoga for Transformation, Kraftsow offers a path to enlightened living—not transcending the human experience, but transforming it into one of connection, love, and happiness.
He takes you through a guided tour of the five koshas energetic sheaths , with the aim of engaging and maximizing the functioning of the self at every level. Viniyoga is a personalized form of practice modeled on the teachings of Sri T. Rather than teach large classes, Viniyoga instructors typically teach privately or in small groups and offer you a sequence to do on your own, based on your particular situation or on a therapeutic approach to a specific condition. So it is surprising to find that Kraftsow offers five ready-made sequences, each linking asana, pranayama, chanting, ethical intention, and meditative practices.
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Email Sign Up. Flag as inappropriate. It syncs automatically with your account and allows you to read online or offline wherever you are. Please follow the detailed Help center instructions to transfer the files to supported eReaders. More related to yoga. See more. Donna Farhi. Barbara Stoler Miller. Dating from about the third century A. It is the core text for any study of meditative practice, revered for centuries for its brilliant analysis of mental states and of the process by which inner liberation is achieved. Yet its difficulties are legendary, and until now, no translation has made it fully accessible.
This new translation, hailed by Yoga Journal for its "unsurpassed readability," is by one of the leading Sanskrit scholars of our time, whose Bhagavad Gita has become a recognized classic. It includes an introduction to the philosophy and psychology underlying the Yoga Sutra, the full text with explanatory commentary, and a glossary of key terms in Sanskrit and English. Stuart Ray Sarbacker. A clear, concise guidebook to the essentials of yogic thought and practice Many people think yoga simply means postures and breathing.
Susanna Harwood Rubin. Yoga presents a year's worth of daily readings that invite yoga lovers of every skill level to bring the inspiration they experience on their mats into their everyday lives. Each entry explores a mind-body theme such as balance, strength, and resilience in a short, illuminating paragraph that can be enjoyed in the morning or at bedtime, incorporated into a yoga session, or read on the go.
Featuring a serenely beautiful hardcover and a spacious, color-washed interior, the package is as calming in the hand as the readings are to the eye. Yogis will find it to be a motivating tool for personal growth and a lighthearted way to share the joys of their practice with others. Internationally renowned and bestselling author Donna Farhi moves yoga practice beyond the mat into our everyday lives, restoring the tradition's intended function as a complete, practical philosophy for daily living.
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Now one of America's leading scholars of yoga psychology--who is also a Western-trained psychotherapist--offers this marvelously lively and personal account of an ancient tradition that promises "the soul awake in this lifetime. In this irreverent modern-day Pilgrim's Progress, Cope introduces us to an unforgettable cast of contemporary seekers--on the road to enlightenment carrying all the baggage of the human condition: confusion, loss, disappointment, addiction, and the eternal conflicts around sex and relationship. As he describes the subtle shifts of energy and consciousness that happen at each stage of the path, we discover that in yoga, "liberation" does not require us to leave life in the world for some transcendent spiritual plane.
Life itself is the path.
Above all, Cope shows how yoga can heal the suffering of self-estrangement that pervades our society, leading us to a new sense of purpose and to a deeper, more satisfying life in the world. Iyengar--hailed as "the Michelangelo of yoga" BBC and considered by many to be one of the most important yoga masters--has spent much of his life introducing the modern world to the ancient practice of yoga.
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Yoga's popularity is soaring, but its widespread acceptance as an exercise for physical fitness and the recognition of its health benefits have not been matched by an understanding of the emotional, intellectual, and spiritual development that the yogic tradition can also offer. In Light on Life, B. Iyengar brings readers this new and more complete understanding of the yogic journey. Here Iyengar explores the yogic goal to integrate the different parts of the self body, emotions, mind, and soul , the role that the yoga postures and breathing techniques play in our search for wholeness, the external and internal obstacles that keep us from progressing along the path, and how yoga can transform our lives and help us to live in harmony with the world around us.
For the first time, Iyengar uses stories from his own life, humor, and examples from modern culture to illustrate the profound gifts that yoga offers. Prozac Diary. Lauren Slater. The author of the acclaimed Welcome to My Country describes in this provocative and funny memoir the ups and downs of living on Prozac for ten years, and the strange adjustments she had to make to living "normal life.
In this rich and beautifully written memoir, she describes what it's like to spend most of your life feeling crazy--and then to wake up one day and find yourself in the strange state of feeling well. And then to face the challenge of creating a whole new life. Once inhibited, Slater becomes spontaneous. Once lonely, she finds love with a man who adores her. Stephen Cope says that in order to have a fulfilling life you must discover the deep purpose hidden at the very core of your self.