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If you have ideas for how you’d like to see the club grow and transform, or wish to be more closely involved in the book club in any way feel free to email Nancy and I at the previously mentioned email address.
Book #4 starts Nov. 1, 2009
The Wisdom of No Escape: AndThe Path of Loving Kindness by Pema Chodron
We are very excited to start book #3 this week: Hatha Yoga Pradikipa. Be sure to join us for a chat about the first chapter this Sunday, 6-8 pm CST at our Ning Site: namastebookclub.ning.com
Here’s a recent book review by co-founder Nancy Alder
Seven Spirals: A Chakra Sutra for Kids
Congrats to @yosoykia @bikerunyoga and @bobweisenberg for winning the contests!
We love how yoga has gained acceptance because of its health benefits and know many of our members enjoy the physicality of their practices. But sometimes we all need to remember that part of yoga is spending time looking inward as well. With that in mind, we are encouraging our members to engage in one month of a daily meditation practice. We ask you to tweet the hashtag phrase #ncbmm once daily along with a tweet about your meditation. Everyone can follow the other participants by searching for #ncbmm, which will encourage us all to meditate as well. We plan to collect the names of tweeters who do this for a month and throw them into a yoga mat bag for some prizes.
Winners: Everyone who participates will win by including meditation in their daily lives. We will all take a moment to slow down and look inward.
Yet, two lucky and randomly chosen tweeps will win either (random as well)
1. Your browser may not support display of this image. Yoga Dork T-shirt (donated by @gomelissago) from @yogadork ‘s site http://www.yogadork.com
2. A paperback copy of The Blooming of a Lotus: A Rev. Ed. Of the Classic Guided Meditation for Achieving the Miracle of Mindfulness by Thich Nhat Hanh
The contest will run officially from Sept. 10 – Oct. 10 although we hope to make it a perpetual trending topic and practice for all our members. Look inward, take time and meditate on this idea. Thanks to the lovely and fantastic Melissa for getting the meditation timer started for all of us!
Here are some discussion questions for Chapters 11-14, Chat #5. More to come…
How has yoga changed your awareness of your interactions with others? Has yoga changed only your awareness of these interactions, or has it also changed the interactions themselves? In what ways has it done so? In what ways has yoga changed your relationship with your self?
In your own life, do you incorporate an awareness of the Yamas and Niyamas? In what ways? Is there one in particular upon which you focus?
How do you attempt to ready your ind for Dharana? (Asana, meditation, etc). Do you have a meditation practice? If so inclined, describe it to us.
Which of the 9 obstacles is most present in your life or recurs most often? In what ways to do you attempt to overcome this obstacle? What has proven most helpful in doing so?
Chat #4 Transcript is available on the http://namastebookclub.ning.com site in the Forums section. Once again it was an enlightening, inspiring conversation. Thanks to all that joined and to those who had technical difficulties we hope they can be ironed out by next week.
Next chat Sun Aug 2 6-8 pm CST on Chapters 11-14. Namaste, Nancy and Jenny
Congrats to our two tweet contest finalists (you know who you are)! You will each win a copy of Yoga in America, our second book. For the rest of you, you still have a chance to vote for which of these two gentlemen will be the lucky grand prize winner and selector of book #3. Their tweets are listed below, please vote A or B in the poll to the right by Aug 1.
To the grand prize winner: Your choice must be a book that is style specific from one of the following styles (or another approved by us first). After picking a style please give us an email w/ two books, your first choice and an alternative so we can make sure it is accessible for all club members and available to get worldwide. If you are interested, you can also be in charge of leading chats and discussion questions for your chosen book.
The tweets to vote on are here:
A.) heart of yoga gets to the heart of it in a simple easy to read style a must read for any yoga practitioner or teacher
B.) The knowledge of Yoga is infinite like the Universe Desikachars ‘Heart of Yoga’ reveals its true essence by inspiring the practice of Yoga
Here are some discussion/thought questions for chapters 8-10. Feel free to add your own in the comments section. Happy reading! Namaste, Nancy and Jenny.
1.) How do you define yoga? If all of TKVs definitions of yoga contain “change,” how have you seen change become present w/doing yoga?
2.)How are parninamavada and satvada present in your practice? How do you encourage them?
3.) Which of the four forms of avidya dogs you most? How do you counteract it and is yoga a part of that process?
4.) Do you find yourself focusing on the steps to something, or merely the results? For example, do you relish the thought that you have done a headstand successfully, or do you enjoy the power, strength and presence that got you to that pose?
5.) TKV does not think gurus/swamis are the way, he definies “dhyana” as strengthening self-sufficiency and says that “Yoga makes us independent.” (pg 83) How does this conflict/compliment your approach? How can yogis that follow gurus/swamis work within this defininition/description?
6.)How in your practice do you work to reduce tamas and rajas?
7.) Have you noticed an increase in your sensitivity to suffering/issues as a result of your practice and dhuka? In other words, TKV says that those that are aware are more sensitive, do you find this about yourself and has yoga changed/helped/hurt this? (pg. 88)
8.)How do you encourage parivrtti in your practice? Do you go to different teachers? Do you go to different studios? Do you change your location w/in the studio/home?
9.) How does your practice allow you to see the difference between purusa and praktri? Do you suffer from samyoga? (pg 94) What can you do in your practice to clarify things?
Chat # 3 transcript is now available in the forum section of the ning site (http://namastebookclub.ning.com) . We did not post it here because it is so long. Chatting was terrific! Next chat is next Sun 7/26 6-8 pm CST on chapters 8-10. Hope to see you there! Namaste’