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HOW YOGA WORKS ~Geshe Michael Roach and Christie McNally

Yoga Pose

Last night our book group met at my house.  This was right after my first day of work – for this month long grant evaluating job I have …so I bought dinner.

Pear Gorgonzola Salad and Gluten Free  “Squirrel Master *”  pizza and Margherita  wheat crust pizza, from the organic restaurant  i.talia I did not take pictures of the food, because I wanted to focus on the book  – “ Oh like that is so NOT  true, Patricia!”

After we checked in about our day and admired Deb’s new puppy,  Hendericks,  we indulged in a conversation about how hard it was to get a copy of this book.  The Library only had one copy and it disappeared in route to the building.  I borrowed a copy from Ada, my Yin Yoga friend, and her copy fell apart, literally during the second readers turn – it had been well used and loved before we borrowed it. (We are purchasing a new copy for Ada, because after reading the book we know that one will want to keep a copy of this book)  And one large chain store informed Liz that it was a 400 page exercise/workout book and Liz kept saying , “ I was told it is a novel.”

It is a novel, and it is a lovely story about a teacher walking into India in the historic B.C.s.  It is a gentle, loving story with many twists and turns.   It is a slow read because universally we all found ourselves stopping to take an extra deep breath and just think about what we had just read.   Each chapter moves the story forward and teaches a small particulate lesson about YOGA.

It is a story about healing and energy.   It is a story about how we can become incarcerated in our thinking and manifesting our daily living.   It is a story about pain and healing.  There is a boundless supply of joy.

There are many different kinds of YOGA and Yoga Practice.  It has been around for thousands of years and has experienced a period recalled as the Dark Ages of Yoga.   Warrior Yoga and Athletic Yoga are very competitive forms.  Whereas Yin Yoga is restorative and ancient folks would have gone to a Yoga Master like we think of the general practice physician now.

All members of the book group enjoyed the book and thanked me for choosing it and “making them read something new and different”.   Some members had not had time to finish the book and were still intending to get to the end of it.  My Husband is going to take the book with him on the train for the American Institute of Architects (AIA) regional learning conference this week and he is enjoying the book very much.   He also enjoyed the Gluten Free Pizza…!

I give this book 5 stars and hope you will take the time to enjoy this read.  I do not think there will be a movie version ever.  If you order this book from this post, I need to tell you I will get a few beans in my bucket.

5 Ladybugs

The most amazing part of this book to me is how old Yoga is and that humans are still fascinated by what it teaches us and that we are just now starting to understand its truly healing properties and how energy works;  A very special read.

*Squirrel Master Pizza = pine nuts, roasted garlic, thin sliced honey ham, caramelized onion, and three kinds of organic, locally made cheeses – very, very light on the cheese.  Very, Very thin crust.

A reminder to keep making comments even if just to say hello on the GIFTS OF IMPERFECTION post because the drawing for a free copy will be October 30th 2010  – Another book you will find amazing.

Have you read something you found fun and interesting that you would like to share?  Do you practice yoga?   Do you know what kind of yoga you practice?   Why do you think all the copies of yoga books are going missing from our Library?   Your turn, looking forward to your comments!

No  company or individual paid me any fee  or  compensation for reviewing this book.

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26 Responses to “HOW YOGA WORKS ~Geshe Michael Roach and Christie McNally”

  1. Dot Says:

    Sounds like quite ajourney!

    Patricia Reply:

    It is a great read and a lovely journey Thanks Dot

  2. vered | blogger for hire Says:

    Pear Gorgonzola Salad sounds so good!
    .-= vered | blogger for hire´s last blog ..Kid Friendly Food- I Hate To Admit It- But Sometimes It IS Necessary =-.

    Patricia Reply:

    The salad had fresh blackberry vinaigrette , it was a great success.

  3. Sara Says:

    Patricia — Excellent book review. I will have to look this one up my library. I have to admit, I know very little about Yoga, but the book does sound like something I would enjoy.

    I was very pleased that you put the ingredients of your pizza at the bottom of the post. I wasn’t sure given the name, “Squirrel Master Pizza,” whether or not one of my favorite little furry friends might be included in the pizza. Whew…what a relief:~)
    .-= Sara´s last blog ..Recipe for a blog post =-.

    Patricia Reply:

    Thank you for your kind words Sarah…we all loved this book and it was a very different read for many of the group. It is a lovely story even if you are not interested in Yoga.

    I thought I should put the toppings on the post, because it is the chef’s own concoction…but no squirrels were harmed in the writing or this post or the dining of book group!!!

  4. Tony Single Says:

    Great review here, Patricia. I think it’s a good sign when a book is practically falling apart. It has, as you say, been well loved and read by that point. Funny but true, but those the kind of books I always wondered about whenever I searched through the shelves at the local library as a kid… those books that were almost in tatters! 😛

    Patricia Reply:

    Yep, this is one of those books Tony,,,thank you for coming on by – I loved your words today…

  5. Talon Says:

    Sounds a lovely book, Patricia. I’ll have to put it on my list. A 5 ladybug review tells me it’s definitely worth reading!
    .-= Talon´s last blog ..Scripted =-.

  6. Patricia Says:

    It is a lovely book and IT Girl did me proud on the rating! Thank you

  7. suzen Says:

    Hi Patricia! I have an old Ali McGraw yoga video I swear by – tho don’t use “daily” if I’m honest! haha! I love the breathing and relaxing of yoga – it REALLY clears the mind. My daughter goes in for classes at the sweating yoga – yucck – she loves it but I hate to sweat that much unless I’m in a sauna. McGraw’s video is still available I think, and I’ve tried a lot of them but like hers the best. It’s a great workout – sans the sweat! :)

    Patricia Reply:

    I have done yoga for many years too, I truly got into it when I was pregnant and so enjoyed that instructor – brilliant.

    There are so many kinds of yoga to explore and right now I love the internal massage of Yin-yoga…it is no sweat too!
    Though I get lots of detox.

    This novel is just a delightful story and a lovely read…each chapter was like a no sweat work out!

  8. marlon @ productivity bits Says:


    I’ve been always fascinated with oriental philosophy. Although I have accumulated some knowledge about the oriental culture and practices, I never really did dive deep in it.

    Yoga is one of the most popular practice from the east. It is now slowly being adapted into the west culture.

    This post gave a me a peak to that topic.
    .-= marlon @ productivity bits´s last blog ..8 Ways To Eliminate Distractions When Working On A Computer =-.

    patricia Reply:

    Welcome and thank you for your good words about this post. I think this is the first book that I have thoroughly enjoyed reading about yoga and philosophy. I believe that it is so loaded with symbolism and teaching it is just amazing and I believe that it addresses the Western mind graciously and with wisdom.

    It is simply a wonderful story.

  9. Davina Haisell Says:

    LOL, I love your 5-star ladybug rating :-)

    I don’t do yoga nearly enough! I used to practice 1.5 hours 3 to 4 times a week. I miss it and yet I can’t *make* myself practice it these days. I managed 30 minutes last week and that was it. It’s just not my thing right now. Walking is and that is a meditation in itself.

    Your pizza sounds wonderful! You have the greatest sounding recipes — “Squirrel Master”?
    .-= Davina Haisell´s last blog ..The Write Impact Writers’ Workshop =-.

    Patricia Reply:

    I can only afford to do one class a week, and I do 5 very long walks a week – a walking meditation…I do about 15 minutes of yoga before I do reading or writing as a meditation too…When the weather outside is lovely I rather be outside…

    The pizza is wonderful…thanks about the recipes…the Squirrel Master I thought I should put the ingredients in because it is the chef’s own recipe and it is lovely…

    IT Girl really out did her self with the ladybug rating – It was a wonderful treat…

  10. Hilary Says:

    Hi Patricia .. great review and another book I’d like to read in a quiet time in the future .. sounds so interesting – and sometimes we just need to absorb what we’re reading .. you and your readers are so right.

    The Pizza sounds delicious .. not sure what Jasmine squirrel over at Jannies would think about it .. or the various squirrels topping up their own larders in and around the place?! But sounds a good mix of goodies – useful bit of info for other places to put toppings.

    I’m surprised that you get a few beans for a purchase .. I’d have thought a few extra ladybirds would be on the cards ..?!

    Hope your hubby enjoys the book .. and hope the work goes well and you don’t get square eyes .. cheers Hilary
    .-= Hilary´s last blog ..Spaghetti anyone Made in China or does it grow on trees =-.

    Patricia Reply:

    Thank you Hilary for you kind words – I think when it is a great book it is easy to write the review. I do not like to outline the plot of a story rather talk about themes – often a synopsis will ruin a book for me.

    The chef invented this pizza and it does not contain squirrel, but I think it does get topped with a number of things that are part of the Autumn routine for a squirrel.. Ha ha

    I am working at be more upfront about my reviews, as to whether or not I was compensated in any fashion for writing the review….Naked in Eden, I just did on my own nickel and bought the book myself… just as this book, no one sent me a copy or paid me to write this review…a disclaimer is getting to be necessary these days…

    If someone goes to the book retailer from my site I will get a couple of coins for the referral….


  11. Jannie Funster Says:

    Oooo, I love how the 5-lady bugs look all together.

    Yeah — what about that squirrel master pizza?? Jasmine (BB’s “frend”)is asking?? She and Blue Bunny are all in a tizzie but I told them I’m sure its very very animal friendly. :)

    Shoot, I missed my friend’s free yoga class again, darnit. She just got her license and is interning. Boo hoo.

    oh well…


    Patricia Reply:

    Hi Jannie,
    No squirrels are harmed in the making of this particular pizza…it is nearly vegetarian except for the honey ham…it is organic but filled with organic good Autumn foods.

    Once again, the chef created the name for this pizza…and created the combination of toppings.

    I like the ladybug look too!

    Best wishes to your friend’s new yoga workouts…it is worth attending.

  12. J.D. Meier Says:

    How Yoga Works sounds like an incredible journey. I’m a fan of wisdom of the ages … and even more so how that wisdom shape-shifts and adapts to our ever-changing world.
    .-= J.D. Meier´s last blog ..Getting Results Knowledge Base is Ready for Action =-.

    Patricia Reply:

    I think this is quite an amazing book as it is fairly contemporary and a lovely story written about age old practices. I think you would like it very much.
    .-= Patricia´s last blog ..Worship =-.

  13. Barbara Swafford Says:

    Hi Patricia,

    I also LOVE the ladybug rating system. SO appropriate for your blog. And…I see you’re using threaded comments, too. Cool!

    The book sounds fabulous. As for yoga, that’s something I have on my “to do” list as I remember how good I felt when I used it do it. Now I just need to make time to add it to my daily schedule.
    .-= Barbara Swafford´s last blog ..You’re Not A Failure =-.

    Patricia Reply:

    Yes the ladybug rating is a good thing! and I was pleased with It Girl’s follow through.

    I think you might enjoy this book very much…I am finding one class a week and then about 20 minutes of practice daily an excellent match with my time constraints right now. I think you will be happy to return to this practice.

  14. Miles McClagan Says:

    I loved your review mate, but I can’t do Yoga at all. Yogi Bear I can deal with and his hilarious antics, but Yoga, I just can’t do it..

    (Maybe I’m saving it and water aerobics for my transition activities in the retirement village when I go there)

    There’s a Yoga class just near where I work – always packed out. I’m missing out!
    .-= Miles McClagan´s last blog ..Ennui Directed by Chuck Leal =-.

    Patricia Reply:

    Thank you for stopping by and this novel is quite the story. I could never do yoga either until I did pregnancy yoga taught by a physical therapist…nor could my husband with his rheumatoid arthritis – that is until we found a gifted Yin-Yoga certified instructor – this is healing and restorative yoga and I think in another year of practicing Yin Yoga I will be able to do some Hatha Yoga in the future….I know there must be some well trained folks who could guide you to the correct workout for you…not all yoga falls into the athletic style…lots of healing and meditative work to…you just need a good teacher.
    .-= Patricia´s last blog ..Worship =-.