HOW YOGA WORKS ~Geshe Michael Roach and Christie McNally
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.
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!
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