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8 Things I liked about Gregor Maehle’s “Ashtanga Yoga, The Intermediate Series”

I liked Gregor Maehle’s second book Ashtanga Yoga The Intermediate Series a whole lot.  I had liked his first book too and even wrote a review on it, but it must have been in my old blog, which unfortunately no longer exists.

In true 8 limb form, these are the 8 things I can say surprised me and delighted me about it, here they are:

1 – Dedication/Acknowledgments
The first thing that called my attention in a big way is the dedication to “Mother India”, and his acknowledgment to the “modern master of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga Shri T. Krishnamacharya and those who studied under him and continue his work”.… Read the rest

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Keeping Quiet

Pablo Neruda, Poet, Chile

Keeping Quiet

And now we will count to twelve
and we will all keep still.
For once on the face of the earth
let’s not speak in any language,

let’s stop for one second,

and not move our arms so much.

It would be an exotic moment
without rush, without engines,

we would all be together

in a sudden strangeness.

Fisherman in the cold sea
would not harm whales

and the man gathering salt

would not look at his hurt hands.

Those who prepare green wars,
wars with gas, wars with fire,

victory with no survivors,

would put on clean clothes

and walk about with their brothers

in the shade, doing nothing.… Read the rest
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Science of Breath

Reading “Science of Breath” I find myself noticing the nostril through which air is coming in, how long are the inhalations, how long the exhalations, how is my posture.

I never really think about these things, and all of a sudden they come to the center of my awareness, and then, just like that, my awareness is gone, I fall into unconsciousness thinking about work, or that email I have to write for the performance contract, or the long-distance conversation I had with my father which I did not particularly enjoy.

Coming back to the book, to what is on the page, takes something like determination.… Read the rest

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A Course in Miracles

I finally got the book on the course in miracles. I have been reading Marianne Williamson and I like her work, but I wanted to go to the source of it all.

The book is packed with little phrases that can be meaningful and require lots of thinking, so I was only able to read a little, but the interesting thing is that it has a workbook where it provides you with 365 exercises to be done throughout a whole year, so you actually learn to apply the principles of the course.

Lesson number one starts with: “Nothing I see in this room (on this street, from the window, in this place) means anything“.… Read the rest

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