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Title:
Do your om thing : bending yoga tradition to fit your modern life
Author:
Pacheco, Rebecca.
Personal Author:
Edition:
First Edition.
Publication Information:
New York City : HarperWave, 2015.
Physical Description:
xv, 264 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Language:
English
Contents:
Making of a modern yogi -- Eight limbs: walking an ancient path in modern life -- What do you want to embody? -- Chakras: feeling light from the inside out -- Koshas -- Why meditate? -- How to meditate: 5 essential elements -- Make it your om: finding your meditation style -- OMG, is yoga religious? -- Suggestions for spiritual sustenance -- Love.
ISBN:
9780062273376
Format :
Book

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Summary

From an acclaimed master yoga teacher and creator of one of the most popular yoga blogs on the Internet comes a contemporary guide to the full mind-body practice, combining intention and enlightenment with athleticism and physicality.

While the practice of yoga encourages fitness, its benefits extend far beyond the physical. In order to have a beautiful, fit body, a yoga practitioner must understand and respect its inextricable link to mind and spirit.

Yet for those who want a deeper connection with their practice, who seek enlightenment, there are few resources to provide guidance. Master yoga teacher, athletic model, and writer Rebecca Pacheco is the ultimate twenty-first-century yoga ambassador. In Do Your Om Thing, she shows readers how to benefit from the ancient wisdom and philosophy of yoga without repudiating its modern attributes.

Divided into four parts--Philosophy, Body, Mind, and Spirit--Do Your Om Thing explores the traditional practice of yoga, from the eight limbs of the ancient path to the five koshas and the seven chakras of the yoga body. Pacheco translates these ancient texts for modern readers and puts them into the context of our everyday lives. Complete with a practical overview of the many different styles of yoga, simple poses, and sequences for daily balance, plus helpful tips on meditation, Do Your Om Thing is the ultimate guidebook for anyone who wants a workout that benefits the body and the mind.


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Booklist Review

Yoga teacher and blogger (OmGal) Pacheco pays tribute to the roots of yoga and touts its many physical, mental, and spiritual benefits in this inspiring book. Each student, according to this personable instructor, must sift through the pop-culture trapping of modern yoga to find the teachings and truths that ring true for her or him. Pacheco talks about the need to focus inward by using meditation to improve concentration and to, as she explains, protect life force. Pacheco isn't afraid to introduce some complex principles related to Buddhism, chakras (the body's seven energy points), and koshas (five spiritual and physical aspects of the body). She taps into the lessons of ancient sages, discusses ethics as well as principles, and offers practical suggestions on how to apply these teachings in How You Can Do It and Doing Your Om Thing sections found at the end of each chapter. Her gift is her ability to weave traditional yoga wisdom into everyday life and to make the principles so accessible and nonthreatening that even beginning students can be enlightened without feeling overwhelmed.--Smith, Candace Copyright 2015 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

Vinyasa yoga teacher and Omgal.com blogger Pacheco presents a balanced view of how yoga aligns with modern life. The author began yoga at age 16 and has been practicing for 18 years; she and contemporary yoga "grew up together." The text comprises four parts, all emphasizing yoga's more spiritual aspects: "Yoga: Ancient and Modern," "The Body," "The Mind," and "The Spirit." Pacheco stresses that there's much more to it all than asana (yoga postures), celebrity practitioners, and pricy clothing. She delves into the practice's roots, exploring each of the foundational Eight Limbs, or tenets, of yoga in a present-day context. For example, Pacheco urges readers to practice ahimsa (non-harming) in their thoughts and words as well as deeds, and to engage in aparigraha (greedlessness) by "flexing" their sense of gratitude and generosity daily, as they would flex muscles. Though the section on "Body" includes photos of Pacheco in various advanced poses, it focuses more on explaining elusive concepts like chakras and koshas (layers). Elsewhere, in a particularly intriguing section, she proposes that Hindu deities can serve as archetypes in modern readers' individual spiritual journeys. Pacheco's thoughtful approach to yoga's ancient underpinnings is applicable to new and seasoned practitioners alike. Agent: Kathryn Beaumont and Katherine Flynn, Kneerim, Williams & Bloom Agency. (Mar.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Table of Contents

Introductionp. ix
Part 1 Yoga: Ancient and Modern
Chapter 1 The Making of a Modern Yogip. 3
Chapter 2 The Eight Limbs: Walking an Ancient Path in Modern Lifep. 13
Part 2 The Body
Chapter 3 "What Do You Want to Embody?p. 79
Chapter 4 The Chakras: Feeling Light from the Inside Outp. 85
Chapter 5 The Koshas: Balancingthe Layers of Your Beingp. 123
Part 3 The Mind
Chapter 6 Why Meditate?p. 147
Chapter 7 How to Meditate: Five Essential Elementsp. 153
Chapter 8 Make It Your Om: Finding Your Meditation Stylep. 163
Part 4 The Spirit
Chapter 9 OMG, Is Yoga Religious?p. 181
Chapter 10 Suggestions for Spiritual Sustenancep. 193
Chapter 11 Lovep. 245
Acknowledgmentsp. 253
Glossaryp. 257
Recommended Resourcesp. 261
Bibliographyp. 263

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