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Living yoga : creating a life practice
Turlington, Christy, 1969-
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Hyperion, [2002]

Physical Description:
ix, 276 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
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Christy Turlington discovered yoga at the age of 18 and has been a serious practitioner for 15 years. Suited for practitioners at all levels, Living Yoga explores the eight tenets of yoga, including the various postures. The book also includes 60 beautiful color photos of Christy in positions both basic and advanced.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Supermodel Turlington, whose angelic face has graced the pages of Vogue, Elle and other fashion glossies since the 1980s, has lately been lending her image to a more profound pursuit: yoga. The 33-year-old has been practicing yoga for 15 years, has her own yoga clothing line, is a Yoga Journal contributing editor, and-with the publication of this book-becomes the first mainstream celebrity to write a book about yoga and how it's affected her life. There's a lot to digest here, between the historical and technical explanations about yoga and Eastern philosophy and the anecdotal asides from Turlington's life, but the book's clean, Zen-like layout and simple prose help make it accessible. Turlington's aim is to help students who may be overwhelmed by the unlimited information available on yoga and to emphasize reasons to practice that go beyond getting a nice butt. She attempts to understand yoga's universal spiritual appeal, examining the basics of Hinduism (Turlington is a practicing Catholic), and draws parallels between chanting and saying the rosary. She shares a bit of personal information about her modeling career, her father's death from lung cancer and her relationship with her sisters, and includes the obligatory photographs of her scantily clad self doing salamba sirsasana (headstand) and bakasana (crow pose). The combination of serious yoga talk with memoir-like reminiscences make for an engrossing and inspiring overview of yoga. (Oct. 8) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Table of Contents

Robert Thurman
Forewordp. vii
Introductionp. 1
The Big Picture
1 Why Yoga Now?p. 4
2 Gracep. 12
3 The Origins of Yogap. 20
4 Asanas (Postures)p. 40
5 The Pathp. 60
6 Karma Yogap. 70
7 Pranayama (Breath Control)p. 76
8 The Breathp. 84
9 Dhyana (Meditation)p. 92
10 Spiritual Initiationsp. 110
11 Compassionp. 118
12 Faithp. 124
13 Communityp. 134
14 Impermanencep. 140
15 Dharma (Teachings)p. 146
16 Beauty Is in the Heart of the Beheldp. 154
17 What Is Ayurveda?p. 168
18 What Is Vastu?p. 180
19 Metamorphosisp. 194
20 Pilgrimagep. 204
Personal Journeys
21 Intentionsp. 220
22 Global Consciousnessp. 226
23 Ash Wednesdayp. 232
24 A Day Dedicated to the Heartp. 238
25 Non-Attachmentp. 244
26 Be Here Now, Wherever You Arep. 254
Glossaryp. 260
Endnotesp. 263
Yoga Directoryp. 264
Bibliographyp. 274
Credits and Permissionsp. 276