For modern yogis feeling challenged in our efforts to remain deeply spiritual, contemplative, and centered amid the stresses and complications of urban life, this book serves as both inspiration and guide. Darren Main's fresh, down-to-earth approach to the time-tested practice and philosophy of yoga shows us the way to apply the ancient wisdom of India to every moment and every breath so that even our busiest days can be powerful and mystical adventures, filled with all the wonder and magic that was once reserved for those living as monks and nuns. Yoga for the twenty-first century, this is the fulfilling and joyful path of the urban mystic.
The Mystics from ancient India did not create yoga with our busy modern lives in mind. In fact yoga was originally developed for people who would renounce the world. Therefore, learning to look at yoga in a new way is essential. In "Yoga and the Path of the Urban Mystic," Darren Main explores the time-tested practice and philosophy in a new way. By using modern examples from more than a decade of experience with this ancient practice, Darren brings the principles of yoga into clear focus making them user-friendly for yogis living in the modern world.
Using contemporary examples from his own practice and his expertise from more than a decade of teaching various meditation techniques, the author of The Findhorn Book of Meditation provides an overview of seated meditation, explaining how and why it works and how to cultivate a daily practice, with the aim of making the experience enjoyable. Original.
The practice of meditation is one of seeking a profound inner stillness. Every culture and religion from around the world and throughout history has promoted meditation in one form or another because a quiet mind and an open heart are the foundation of a rewarding life.
An Annotated Bibliography of Works in English, 1981–2005
Author: Daren Callahan
Category: Sports & Recreation
Millions of people practice some form of yoga, but they often do so without a clear understanding of its history, traditions, and purposes. This comprehensive bibliography, designed to assist researchers, practitioners, and general readers in navigating the extensive yoga literature, lists and comments upon English–language yoga texts published since 1981. It includes entries for more than 2,400 scholarly as well as popular works, manuals, original Sanskrit source text translations, conference proceedings, doctoral dissertations, and master’s theses. Entries are arranged alphabetically by author for easy access, while thorough author, title, and subject indexes will help readers find books of interest.
Hip Tranquil Chick addresses that huge but unacknowledged demographic of fashionistas equally at home at Bergdorf’s and the yoga studio. The book is divided into two major sections that cover all bases for the style-minded seeker. "On the Mat" shares seven must-have modern-girl yoga sequences, such as "Healing Hip Openers" and "Negativity Releasing Heart Openers,” and explains yoga philosophy in hip chick language. "Off the Mat" showcases nine ways to become more fabulous and balanced by incorporating yogic qualities like introspection, strength, and flexibility into daily life. The nine lifestyle chapters reveal how to turn on-the-mat wear into on-the-town style, how to create soulful surroundings at home and work, mindful money management, finding a passion-filled career, how strategic soiree-throwing creates community, tips for practicing social consciousness, and more. Each chapter is accompanied by helpful "OMwork" to translate these concepts into reality. Abundant illustrations accentuate the text, and a "savvy sources" section encourages further exploration.
Especially oriented toward those in 12-step programs, this comprehensive wellness guide describes how yoga can stimulate recovery from addiction by bringing the mind and body closer together. The supportive and understanding text presents a 21-day yoga regimen using dynamic affirmations, relaxation techniques, nutrition and lifestyle suggestions, aerobic activities, and journal writing, all of which are geared to incorporate the 12-step philosophy into yoga practice. The featured poses are drawn from the popular hatha yoga tradition, while the complementary contemplations are applicable not only to addicts, but to anyone seeking physical and spiritual enrichment. Newly updated and revised, the guide includes beautiful, professional photographs throughout to demonstrate the wide variety of asanas.
This work is an indispensable guide for making tough choices in an often chaotic and confusing world. Despite the assertions of modern day fundamentalists, there are few easy choices in life, particularly moral choices. This work utilizes the wisdom from many of the world's great spiritual traditions, and the best of modern behavior science, to help you the reader make your best choices as you are pulled along by the "tugs of war" of life. SEE WHAT OTHERS "IN THE KNOW" KNOW! "Every once in a while, a book comes along that is filled with one epiphany after another. Tugs of War is one such book. It is a deeply moving and personal look at spirituality that presents ancient wisdom in a fresh and modern way. It is a remarkable sign post on the path of spirit."-Darren John Main, author of Yoga and the Path of the Urban Mystic and Spiritual Journeys Along the Yellow Brick Road "Mike's message is mixed with a poignant humor and a passionate intelligence that leaves a lasting impression upon people."-John McCrite, Geffen Playhouse, Los Angeles "Mike is a wonderful writer and speaker. Tugs of War skillfully threads humor, pathos, and human psychology which makes his message relevant. As my 11 year old son would say 'Mike's the bomb'!"-Louis Ramirez, Founder/Director PRYSM, Los Angeles
Drawn from the deeply personal reflections of a formerly depressed person, this uplifting story shows how a cat taught meditation and allowed the mind to heal. This lively, magical, and enlightening book revolves around a wise Maine Coon cat, his kitten muse, and the author Kat Tansey as they take the reader on a challenging and often amusing journey from the disorienting haze of depression to the freedom and clarity of the Buddha mind. The narrative is both inspiring and essential for gaining an understanding of the inner self, reducing stress, finding inner peace, and knowing the joys and comforts of answering to a cat master.
Homosexuals and their friends, family, and supporters wishing to engage in meaningful and heartfelt discussions with conservative Christians will appreciate this resource of facts and inspirational essays, as will Christians striving to be compassionate and tolerant. By confronting one of this generation's most volatile social issues with civility and respect, the book shifts the emphasis away from political arguments toward gently changing religious attitudes, utilizing methods such as daily spiritual practices and figurative Bible study. Fully supported by biblical references and rounded out by recommendations for further reading and helpful websites, the extensively researched discussions on display make for the perfect tool to promote profound healing and reconciliation between two communities who often misunderstand one another.