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The following is a list of all entries from the yoga category.

The Yamas and Niyamas: Exploring Yoga’s Ethical Practice, a book review

The yamas and niyamas are the ten guidelines for leading a positive and productive life.  They are described in Patajanli’s Yoga Sutras and can be applied to many aspects of everyday life.  Wading through the Sutras can be a challenge depending upon the translation.  Author Deborah Adele has provided a hands on and easy to grasp compendium on the yamas and niyamas in her book, The Yamas and Niyamas: Exploring Yoga’s Ethical Practice.

Adele devotes a chapter to each of the yamas and niyamas respectively.  She describes how they apply to daily life and often refers to her own experience grappling with each to clarify how one can achieve them.  She clearly defines each of the yamas and niyamas and offers the reader some easy to understand examples to help aid their understanding.  However the best part of this book is the weekly guided tour of yamas and niyamas that Adele offers the readers at the end of each chapter.  She suggests ways the reader can reflect and improve upon their approach to these tenents.  Her guidelines are simple but very thought-provoking and useful.

This book is great companion to anyone studying the Yoga Sutras or other yogic philosphy texts.  Adele has broken down some difficult concepts into easily grasped ideas which are useful to students of both yoga and yogic philosphy.


Meditate on This!

Congrats to @yosoykia @bikerunyoga and @bobweisenberg for winning the contests!

Namaste Book Club and our #yogadork friend @gomelissago are holding a Twitter Meditation Month.

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


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!