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By Donna Farhi

Internationally well known and bestselling writer Donna Farhi strikes yoga perform past the mat into our daily lives, restoring the tradition's meant functionality as a whole, useful philosophy for day-by-day dwelling.

increasing upon the lessons of Patanjali's Yoga Sutras, the middle textual content of the yoga culture, Donna Farhi describes yoga's reworking energy as an entire lifestyles perform, some distance past its universal aid to mere exercise session or rigidity administration. this is often the philosophy of yoga as a route to a deeper knowledge of self. Drawing upon her years of educating with scholars, Farhi courses readers via all of the pitfalls and offers of navigating a non secular perform.

Farhi's attractive and obtainable kind and vast adventure supply vital teachings for newbies and pro practitioners of yoga alike. and since her teachings of yoga philosophy expand into each nook of way of life, this ebook is an both obtainable advisor to these looking non secular suggestions with no studying the pretzel bendings of the actual perform itself. As one of many best academics all over the world, Farhi's exploration of the middle philosophy of yoga is destined to turn into an quick classic.

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Perhaps we’ve had a vision of what we really want to do, but we come up with a hundred excuses not to pursue our dream. After years of working for an ungrateful boss, one of my students, Liam, felt a deep sense of fear whenever he thought about quitting. Liam was not only an exceptional worker who had been an asset to his company, he was also a remarkably kind and gracious man who had managed to balance his passion for his study of Yoga with the nitty-gritty reality of working as a construction foreman.

While there is nothing wrong with living in a little house with no windows, it is unlikely that we would experience many new freedoms from this vantage point. But the metaphor stretches only so far, for in Yoga the panoramic view we are speaking of is the view in. This view into our selves, however, leads to a more global view outward. As we become bigger, so does the world in which we live. Which viewpoint we adopt—seeing the world from the perspective of connection or separation—will determine all our interactions and how we interpret and give meaning to even the most ordinary moments.

When we are connected to our divinity, how then can we use another for our own selfish desires or hurt another through our inability to contain our desires? Finally, the fifth yama, aparigraha, or “not-grasping,” tells us that letting go of all our embroidered images and identities is a sure way to realize the open nature of the mind. The veritable retinue of foot soldiers we procure in the way of objects, roles, and images, whether they be the right clothes or the right address, simply act A Larger Life 31 to obscure our true nature.

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