Living Your Yoga: Finding the Spiritual in Everyday Life

Living Your Yoga: Finding the Spiritual in Everyday Life

If you think that you have to escape to a cave in the Himalayas to find the enlightenment that yoga promises, think again. In Living Your Yoga, Judith Lasater stretches the meaning of yoga beyond its familiar poses and breathing techniques to include the events of daily life—all of them—as practice. Using the time-honored wisdom of the Yoga Sutra and the Bhagavad Gita to steer the course, the author serves up off-the-mat practices to guide you in deepening your relationships with yourself, y

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Series of Lessons in Gnani Yoga

This anthology is a thorough introduction to classic literature for those who have not yet experienced these literary masterworks. For those who have known and loved these works in the past, this is an invitation to reunite with old friends in a fresh new format. From Shakespeare s finesse to Oscar Wilde s wit, this unique collection brings together works as diverse and influential as The Pilgrim s Progress and Othello. As an anthology that invites readers to immerse themselves in the masterpiec

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  1. Richard Rosen, deputy director, Yoga Research... says:
    153 of 157 people found the following review helpful:
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    Finding the Spiritual in Your Everyday Life, January 27, 2000
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    This review is from: Living Your Yoga: Finding the Spiritual in Everyday Life (Paperback)

    Though she holds a doctorate in East-West psychology, there’s nothing academic or abstract about Judith Lasater’s approach to “living your yoga.” She writes in down-to-earth language we can all understand, her points illustrated with homespun anecdotes drawn from her life as a student and teacher, wife and parent. The book is divided into three parts, that grapple with an ever-widening circle of contexts and issues, from the intrapersonal (“Yoga within Yourself”) to the interpersonal (“Yoga and Relationships”) to the broadly social (“Yoga in the World”). Each part has seven chapters, with subjects ranging from self-judgment, fear, suffering, impermanence, and greed, to faith, courage, compassion, truth, nonviolence, and love. Each chapter has five sections: an opening quote from either the Yoga Sutra or the Bhagavad Gita, which sets the theme for the chapter as a whole; a pithy essay which expands upon this theme; a simple guided practice that helps us to integrate the theme in our everyday life and so experience its enlightening effects; brief suggestions for further practice; and a list of affirmations, called “mantras for daily living,” that keep us centered, compassionate toward our self and others, and committed to our spiritual work. The English philosopher Francis Bacon once wrote, “Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested.” Living Your Yoga is a feast for the soul that will nourish us again and again with its wisdom.

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  2. louienapoli "louieb" says:
    104 of 105 people found the following review helpful:
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    Making It Real, May 21, 2003
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    This review is from: Living Your Yoga: Finding the Spiritual in Everyday Life (Paperback)

    Here in Manhattan it’s not unusual to go to one of the yoga studios that now seem almost as prevalent as McDonald’s, only to get overpowered by the stench not of sweat but of ego and one-upsmanship (up-yogiship?). It’s like “Any pose you can hold, I can hold better.” Worse, I’ve left class, or home practice, only to wait for the train or bus in a fit of impatience. I’ve meditated only to find myself procrastinating over doing something that needs to be done–six months ago. In short, I’ve practiced a lot of hatha yoga and meditation, and benefited from it, but there was no carry over into my life. Which is what it’s supposed to be about, not an end in itself. And the Sutra’s of Patanjali are nice, poetic semi-haikus but forget about applying them on the A train. Here comes Iyengar veteran Lasater with a book on integrating yoga into everyday life so you don’t leave it all on the sticky mat. Every chapter deals with handling different emotional qualities, from developing courage to conquering fear and impatience. Lasater gives examples from her life. It’s reassuring to read how an accomplished yogi and teacher struggles with the same issues. And the yogic methods she’s found to overcome them. This book is an excellent complement to the standard books on the technique of yoga. Don’t let the title fool you. This isn’t a soft-headed New Age primer full of platitudes. This is a how-to manual full of practical guidance. So good it should come with a karma-back guarantee.

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  3. L. Furbush says:
    29 of 29 people found the following review helpful:
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    Simply inspiring!, August 31, 2000
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    This review is from: Living Your Yoga: Finding the Spiritual in Everyday Life (Paperback)

    This book speaks volumes with a quiet simplicity that is the essence of yoga. It is very easy to read and understand, yet tackles many issues we face in our everyday lives. I find that yoga, although it appears easy from the outside, is a complex practice that gently sinks in every day and subtly changes us from the center outward. I feel this book does the same. I intend to refer to it often. Namaste.

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  4. Andrew Harrell says:
    16 of 16 people found the following review helpful:
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    Lessons on Gnani Yoga, August 11, 2001
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    This paperback contains 12 lessons (266 pages) on Gnani ( a Sanskrit word meaning knowledge, cognizance, wisdom also transliterated as jnana or gyana)yoga. It was first published in 1906 in Great Britain. The title page describes the work as giving the “highest yogi teachings regarding the absolute and its manifestations”. By this it means the principles by which the spiritual creation, evolution, and involution of the world and us happens mentally.After reading it I would not disagree with this claim. In the text there are a lot of rational arguments for monism as a theology and philosophy. There is an explanation of the philosophical basis for the Eastern religious doctrine of karma. This is good and helpful supplimentary material for those studying the fourth chapter of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. There is a clear discussion of some of the ways spiritual creation occurs inside of all of us and each of us (the many to the one and the one to the many). I believe I have benefited by my reading and study of this book and I plan to refer back to its clear presentation of this difficult subject matter in the future. I think there is a good possibiity that if more people understood the teachings in these lessons we would all be happier.

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  5. Godspark says:
    3 of 4 people found the following review helpful:
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    In Depth Lessons in Gnani Yoga!, September 25, 2005
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    This is a well written book explaining the concepts behind Gnani Yoga – some you will recognize as very similar to other Yogi paths – others to be succinctly unique to Gnani. All of it very educational to the inquiring mind.

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