September 20 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
This group is for anyone interested in reading (or re-reading!) a broad range of books relevant to our yoga practice and exploring themes related to yoga. Our intention is to create a stronger sense of community at Yoga in ME and to broaden our understanding of yoga beyond the physical practice.
Since our book club is not dissecting literary concepts, there is no need to be intimidated. It will be like hanging out and talking through your ideas on life with great company who help you to expand your ideas. We are less interested in whether you’ve read the book than in your participation in stimulating discussion about any issues the book might raise.
Don’t miss one of the best conversations and opportunities for discussion with others interested in deepening their understanding of yoga, enlightenment, healthy eating, and life in general.
No registration required and there is no fee.
Please bring a healthy snack and/or beverage to share.
This Month’s Book
Beyond Power Yoga
8 Levels of Practice for Body and Soul
Beryl Bender Birch
Beyond Power Yoga presents and explores the complete journey of the classical astanga yoga system, from power yoga to meditation and liberation. Bender Birch’s first book, the groundbreaking Power Yoga,introduced one level of astanga yoga to mainstream America—a high-heat, high-energy mind/body workout. Now, Beyond Power Yoga presents all eight levels, or limbs, of this ancient method—a total practice for body and soul.
Drawing a parallel between astanga yoga’s eight limbs and the mind/body energy centers (chakras) of Eastern philosophy, Bender Birch shows us how we can balance and heal our body, focus and relax our mind, amplify and direct our energy (prana), and ultimately reclaim our spiritual connection to Universal Consciousness. Each chapter offers specific practices to help the reader uncover and experience the insights of the astanga yoga journey.
The YAMAS: Exploring the Fundamentals
The NIYAMAS: Doing the Work
ASANA: Practicing the Postures
PRANAYAMA: Breathing Mindfully
PRATYAHARA: Turning Inward
DHARANA: Developing Concentration
DHYANA: Experiencing Meditation
SAMADHI: Living Joyfully
Presented in the down-to-earth illuminating style and inspiring voice of the author, illustrated with easy-to-follow photos, plus a special wall chart of the asana sequences, Beyond Power Yoga offers a short form of the dynamic mind/body power yoga method, then journeys through the deeper levels of spiritual practice.