My Body Is a Temple

Author: Christina Sell
Publisher: SCB Distributors
ISBN: 9781935387411
Release Date: 2012-10-23
Genre: Health & Fitness

With the freshness of a memoir, author and yoga teacher Christina Sell draws upon her first visit to an extraordinary temple in southern India to present basic principles of yoga. Beyond the ordinary aims of yoga as a means of stretching and strengthening, or even for being happier or more centered, My Body is a Temple is an instruction manual for dedicating oneself to a life of the spirit, in and through the vehicle of the human body. The body as a temple is a common metaphor within many spiritual traditions. In this book, Christina Sell delves into the "how" and "why" of this widely accepted comparison. My Body Is a Temple will encourage readers to listen to and honor the body; and to enter more fully into their everyday lives to see that each activity contains a Divine blueprint for success. It will help any yoga student to reclaim the raw materials and energy, always already present, to build his or her body as a temple—to provide refuge and sanctuary for themselves and inspiration for others. While the author's tradition is that of Anusara Yoga, a strongly heart-centered approach, the book is written for any hatha yoga aspirant or practitioner. Her commitment is to traditional yogic practices and ideals, without being rigid. My Body Is a Temple is a vital and realistic treatment about the process of human change and transformation. Beyond Fitness ... Yoga is a Means of Self-Honoring and Spiritual Transformation This book will be well-used by both students and teachers of yoga. It should be included in all yoga and fitness centers and in popular library collections.

The Making of a Yoga Master

Author: Suhas Tambe
Publisher: Suhas Tambe
ISBN: 9781935387244
Release Date: 2012
Genre: Health & Fitness

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali were compiled in 300 BCE, predating all other religions of this world. To this day they form the basis of all yogic philosophy, despite the fact that their reference to the asanas (or physical postures), associated with hatha yoga practice at studios throughout the U.S. and all other the world, are mentioned only rarely. Instead, the Sutras (the word means "thread") are a series of wise aphorisms meant to serve as transformational instruction. They design a way of thinking, a method of practice, a type of relationship to life and others, and practical guidance in both meditation and action. Their goal is union of the individual with God, or atman, which is the ultimate goal of all forms of yoga. Suhas Tambe was introduced to the study and life of yoga through his Indian spiritual master in 1993. The Sutras were integral to this initiation, and he is now a scholar, teacher and long-term practitioner of their esoteric wisdom. He is also the first Westerner to reveal his teacher's knowledge of these sutras' hidden sequence. From the time of Patanjali onward, Tambe claims, the scrambling of the sequence of sutras was a respected tradition. Such deliberate confusion was done with a view to preserving the sanctity of these precious teachings. Since interpretation of any sutra must bear reference to and consistency with the previous and the following sutra, proper sequence becomes a critical factor, a fundamental to the use of this time-honoured scripture. The key to the real sequence of Yoga Sutra was handed down verbally by the guru only to the eligible disciple. Far more than an instruction manual, this book is also about one seeker's progression. The author, who began his search entrenched in materialism (he was an accountant with an MBA working in IT), was "transformed" into a devoted practitioner. This path thoroughly changed his life's priorities, evolved his purpose and dissolved old habits in a way that will be inspiring to many. "Yoga not just entered my life", he writes, "but now, it is my life". The clear progressive stages of transformation through yoga are documented here. as nowhere else. This new sequence unfolds a practical road-map for knowing and practising the elevation of the seeker's awareness -- from the physical, to the astral, and to finally to the mental levels-and designates observable milestones to determine one's progress on the path. It marries the philosophy of Yoga with clear "how-to" instruction.

Yoga Wisdom

Author: Stephanie Spence
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing Inc.
ISBN: 9781510737105
Release Date: 2018-10-23
Genre: Health & Fitness

Essential and uplifting advice that will help you get from where you are to who you hope to become. Often referred to as The Traveling Yogini, beloved yoga teacher Stephanie Spence explores what it means to become our truest selves. Weaving her experience as a writer, mother, and PTSD survivor, Spence affirms that not only is the soul’s messy and unpredictable journey inevitable, it is essential to our quest to live a life we thrive in. Yoga heals—not just the body, but the heart and soul. Whether you’ve only dabbled with the idea of trying yoga, or have practiced for a long time, yoga is about you. Physically, it increases endurance, strength, and flexibility. Mentally, it reduces stress and helps you find stillness in a chaotic world. Spiritually, it helps you evolve to your highest potential and live in a space of gratitude and peace no matter what’s happening around you. Here, Spence has gathered the wisdom of eighty-five acclaimed yogis to enable readers to live their life to the fullest. Real and raw wisdom from global leaders in the yoga community—from classic yoga superstars to today’s rock-your-daily-asana hipsters—will motivate you to live a life beyond your wildest dreams. Filled with universal insights, intimate, comforting stories, and spiritually practical tips, Yoga Wisdom is here to help keep you on the road to truth, authenticity, and balance in all aspects of your life.

Women Challenge the Lie

Author: REGINA SARA. RYAN
Publisher: SCB Distributors
ISBN: 9781942493310
Release Date: 2017-02-09
Genre:

This book invites women of all ages into a conversation that challenges the pervasive lie of "never good enough." This common subtext of modern life undermines a woman's appreciation of her own inherent beauty and goodness. The authors recommend 8 Radical Moves that women can make, alone or ideally in the good company of other women, to take on this challenge, to deepen this conversation. The Moves are radical because they aim directly at the center of a woman's being, the inner space of her true nature, her basic goodness, rather than because they require any extreme actions. Nonetheless, the conviction that "never good enough" is a lie requires more than lip service. The authors guide readers in identifying the courage, strength and love they already possess, but habitually deny, to embrace and live by this conviction of self respect, day to day in mind, body and heart. They further encourage women to make this stand with and in the presence of other women to increase everybody's likelihood for success. Regina Sara Ryan, author of numerous books in wellness, women's studies and spirituality (Wellness Workbook; Woman Awake; Igniting the Inner Life) is an elder in her seventies. Shinay Tredeau, a yoga teacher, lifestyle coach, dancer and emerging writer is a "millennial" in her twenties. Together, they bring to this warm and personal treatment a synergy of years of experience in contemplative spiritual practice and dynamic body discipline. Their message is addressed to their sisters, mothers, friends and students, of all ages; to any who suffer from the dis-ease of self-hatred in some form. Each of the 8 Radical Moves provides a slightly different access to clearer self-understanding, leading to self-compassion. For some, the Move to "Inhabit Your Body" will be key to claiming (or reclaiming) a more loving relationship with themselves. For others, the Move called "Learn to Fly" will be just the encouragement needed to refine a spiritual search. Other topics include: - the danger of comparisons with other women - the need to face dark emotions, with compassion - the power of friendship in the quest for self-acceptance - the use of journal writing to articulate developing truth - gratitude as a way of life. This straightforward and challenging narrative is filled with dozens of personal stories, making it ideal for women's groups and book clubs to study and practice.

The Body Temple

Author: Ramdesh Kaur
Publisher: Spirit Voyage
ISBN: 9781912022595
Release Date: 2016-09-16
Genre: Self-Help

The Body Temple: Kundalini Yoga For Body Acceptance, Eating Disorders & Radical Self- Love has the power to transform lives by gently guiding you on a path of discovery through a variety of yogic practices that will allow you to approach your emotional and physical health from a holistic perspective. If you have struggled to love your own body, been crippled by feelings of low self- esteem and self-worth, or battled an eating disorder, this book is a gift to heal you and your sense of self. Written for both the total beginner and the advanced yogi, The Body Temple: Kundalini Yoga for Body Acceptance, Eating Disorders, and Radical Self-Love guides you through a nurturing practice of yoga, meditation, mantra, and miracles. In these pages you’ll discover: • Yogic techniques to reset your body’s systems and restore your health and well- being • Meditations and breathing exercises for self-confidence and body acceptance • Simple tools to empower you to overcome your food addictions and eating disorders • Recipes and lifestyle tips for living a healthier, more balanced life • A daily practice to help change your life and begin your healing journey Your body is a temple. If you've ever wanted to feel good, love yourself, and heal your relationship with your body, this book is for you.

A Deeper Yoga

Author: Christina Sell
Publisher:
ISBN: 1942493452
Release Date: 2019-06
Genre: Health & Fitness

Christina Sell knows the difference between a surface buzz in the yoga business (for a better, more beautiful "ME"), and its roots as an ancient practice of ethical life and spiritual transformation. With over twenty-five years "on the mat," her voice of courage and sanity has never stopped urging yoga students and teachers alike to take a deeper dive: to confront media hype about body-image and the promise of any quick-fix in favor of a lifelong commitment to wholeness and freedom. This book is both an epitome of that call, and a practical guide to ongoing self-discovery. As the author of two previous books: Yoga From the Inside Out (2003) and My Body Is a Temple (2013), Christina Sell holds an international reputation as a gifted and compassionate teacher and trainer of yoga. As a former gymnast who dealt with eating disorders and addictions in her early years, Christina knows how to redirect thoughts and habits of negative body image toward spiritual practice and inner-awakening. A Deeper Yoga is for any practitioner or teacher who wants tools and support in finding a loving, expanded relationship with his or her body, mind, emotions and spirit. Her book is for anyone on the path of yoga. Newer yoga students will benefit from the compassionate explanations of the inner journey and find direction in building a stronger foundation of practice. Experienced yoga practitioners will find a refreshing and honest exploration of both the hype and the heart of the work. Teachers of all traditions will benefit from the ongoing reminder that yoga is not only for the body, but for transformation of consciousness and spiritual unfolding. This is a book for the long haul! A Deeper Yoga is uniquely aimed at practitioners who initially found help from yoga, but who are now experiencing impatience, discouragement or even disillusionment. It leads the reader to yoga's more esoteric teachings, using language without jargon or unnecessary details. The tone is compassionate, yet strong and authoritativeinviting us to empower our own deeper knowing, yet without watering down the traditional teachings. Topics of body image, self-hatred, eating disorders, addiction and emotional imbalance are considered throughout. Christina skillfully dismantles the illusions and early conditionings that lead to unrealistic norms of perfection and empower a media-driven standard of beauty. A Deeper Yoga offers an alternative view of genuine beauty.

The Path of Modern Yoga

Author: Elliott Goldberg
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9781620555682
Release Date: 2016-07-18
Genre: Health & Fitness

A history of yoga’s transformation from sacred discipline to exercise program to embodied spiritual practice • Identifies the origin of exercise yoga as India’s response to the mania for exercise sweeping the West in the early 20th century • Examines yoga’s transformations through the lives and accomplishments of 11 key figures, including Sri Yogendra, K. V. Iyer, Louise Morgan, Krishnamacharya, Swami Sivananda, Indra Devi, and B. K. S. Iyengar • Draws on more than 10 years of research from rare primary sources and includes 99 illustrations In The Path of Modern Yoga, Elliott Goldberg shows how yoga was transformed from a sacred practice into a health and fitness regime for middle-class Indians in the early 20th century and then gradually transformed over the course of the 20th century into an embodied spiritual practice--a yoga for our times. Drawing on more than 10 years of research from rare primary sources as well as recent scholarship, Goldberg tells the sweeping story of modern yoga through the remarkable lives and accomplishments of 11 key figures: six Indian yogis (Sri Yogendra, Swami Kuvalayananda, S. Sundaram, T. Krishnamacharya, Swami Sivananda, and B. K. S. Iyengar), an Indian bodybuilder (K. V. Iyer), a rajah (Bhavanarao Pant Pratinidhi), an American-born journalist (Louise Morgan), an Indian diplomat (Apa Pant), and a Russian-born yogi trained in India (Indra Devi). The author places their achievements within the context of such Western trends as the physical culture movement, the commodification of exercise, militant nationalism, jazz age popular entertainment, the quest for youth and beauty, and 19th-century New Age religion. In chronicling how the transformation of yoga from sacred discipline to exercise program allowed for the creation of an embodied spiritual practice, Goldberg presents an original, authoritative, provocative, and illuminating interpretation of the history of modern yoga.

The Yoga Book A Practical Guide to Self realization Through the Practice of Ashtanga Yoga

Author: Stephen Sturgess Author
Publisher: Duncan Baird Publishers
ISBN: 9781780287003
Release Date: 2013-01-01
Genre: Health & Fitness

The Yoga Book explains the true meaning of Yoga, and demonstrates the practices and postures of Ashtanga Yoga which will enable you to achieve mastery over the mind and body which will eventually lead to Self Realization. Through the practice of yoga we can directly bring stillness to the restless mind and body, giving a true, lasting happiness, from inner peace and contentment. This is a book that will help you learn more about the sprituak dimension of Yoga, as well as its practical instruction.

Yoga

Author: Tara Stiles
Publisher: Südwest Verlag
ISBN: 9783641182922
Release Date: 2015-12-21
Genre: Health & Fitness

Fühl dich gut und seh so aus Das Geheimnis von Tara Stiles Yogastil? Ein klarer, körperbetonter Ansatz ohne spirituellen Schnickschnack. Denn wie diverse Studien nachgewiesen haben, ist Yoga genau das Richtige für moderne berufstätige Menschen, die zwischen Job, Familie und Freizeit pendeln. Es bewirkt nicht nur Wunder für den Körper (wie eine gute Figur, eine stärkere Immunabwehr oder einen gesenkten Blutdruck), sondern verbessert auch deine tägliche Laune und das sexuelle Erleben! In diesem Trainingsbuch hat Tara Stiles daher über 200 Yoga- und Atemübungen, Meditationen sowie einzigartige Yogaprogramme zusammengestellt, alle ausführlich erklärt und bebildert. Und sie garantiert: Mit nur 15 Minuten Yoga am Tag wirst du dir eine sexy Silhouette formen, unerwünschte Naschgelüste kontrollieren, Stress aus deinem Leben verbannen, deine sexuelle Zufriedenheit erhöhen, eine weiche und reine Haut bekommen, besser schlafen, mehr Energie haben, gesund bleiben und vieles mehr!

Come Home to Your Body

Author: Pamela J. Free
Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide Limited
ISBN: 1567182909
Release Date: 1996-11-08
Genre: Health & Fitness

Working on the premise that one's body is far deeper and wiser than one's intellectual mind, Come Home to Your Body is filled with practical techniques that will free the body's own wisdom. Learn to move from the belly and heart to prevent stiffness, pain, and limitation; to awaken to the first sign of stress or discomfort to make the necessary changes before a disease become a reality; how to slow down one's biological clock, and more. Illustrations.

Journey to Joyful

Author: Dashama Konah Gordon
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
ISBN: 9781583943472
Release Date: 2011-09-06
Genre: Health & Fitness

In this uplifting guide packed with health tips, dietary recommendations, and inspirational affirmations, Dashama introduces her own brand of yoga for self-transformation. The book introduces Pranashama Yoga, developed by Dashama as a combination of arts that works with the physical and spiritual energy of the body. Pranashama Yoga draws on various styles of yoga (Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Kundalini, Anusara, and Power), martial arts (T’ai Chi, Qigong), and Thai yoga therapy. Dashama includes clear explanations of the yoga philosophy underlying her program and shares her own journey to her present success as a leading yoga teacher. Tackling the problem of addiction and its impact on family and individual happiness, Dashama presents alternative visions of healing and mental peace through the time-tested, drug-free path of yoga. She concludes the book with useful exercises to help students on their own journeys to joyful living: self-assessment writing assignments, quizzes, and a four-stage diet and weight-loss program that incorporates yogic breathing and positive-thinking exercises. Illustrated throughout with black and white photographs, Journey to Joyful is designed for readers interested in yoga, natural food, weight loss, and positive thinking. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Mit dem Herzen eines Buddha

Author: Tara Brach
Publisher: O.W. Barth eBook
ISBN: 9783426452257
Release Date: 2018-05-22
Genre: Religion

Wie lernt man, sich so anzunehmen, wie man ist? Wie stärkt man sein Selbstwertgefühl? Tara Brach führt den Leser auf den Weg des inneren Friedens, der zeigt, wie man im eigenen Herzen Zuflucht finden kann. Die berühmte Lehrerin gibt genaue Anleitungen zu Meditation und Reflexion, so dass jeder zu einem positiven Verhältnis zu sich selbst finden kann. »Mit dem Herzen eines Buddha lädt uns ein, uns mit all unserem Schmerz, unseren Ängsten und Sorgen selbst zu umarmen und mit leichtem, doch festem Schritt den Pfad des Verständnisses und Mitgefühls zu gehen.« Thich Nhat Hanh