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your spine, your yoga

Your Spine, Your Yoga

Developing stability and mobility for your spine
$38.95 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Wild Strawberry Productions
Publication Date: November, 2018
ISBN: 9780968766552
In stock now: 0

Your Spine, Your Yoga is arguably the first book that looks at the spine from both the Western anatomical/biomechanical point of view and the modern yoga perspective. It is filled with detail, discussion, illustrations, and practical advice for spines of all types. This emphasis on variety is welcome and necessary: no two spines are exactly alike, and no two people have the same biology and biography. What your spine is able to do may be vastly different from what other yoga students or teachers spines can do.

Just as all tissues and areas of the body need a healthy amount of stress to regain and maintain optimal health, so too our spine needs the appropriate levels of stress to remain functional throughout our lives. How we choose to exercise the spine makes a difference, though. Knowing the way the spine is built, specifically, how your spine is built, will allow you to tailor your exercises wisely to match your goals.

Your Spine, Your Yoga focuses on the axial body—the core, from the sacral complex, which includes the pelvis, sacrum, and sacroiliac joint, through the lumbar and thoracic segments of the spine, to the cervical complex, which includes the neck and head. The structural components of each segment are examined: from the bones, to the joints, ligaments, fascia, tendons, muscles, and even the neurological and blood systems. The range and implications of human variations are presented, as well as the ways these variations may affect individual yoga practices.

Whether the reader is a novice to yoga, anatomy, or both, or a seasoned practitioner with an in-depth knowledge in these fields, this book will be valuable. For the novice, there are easily understood illustrations and photographs, as well as sidebars highlighting the most important topics. For the anatomy geek, other sidebars focus on the complexity of the topic, with hundreds of references provided for further investigation. For the yoga teacher, sidebars suggest how to bring this knowledge into the classroom. Your Spine, Your Yoga can be used as a resource when specific questions arise, as a textbook to be studied in detail, or as a fascinating coffee-table book to be browsed at leisure for topics of current interest.

Also by Bernie Clark are Your Body, Your Yoga and Yinsights.

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Bhagavad Gita

$14.95 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Shambhala
Publication Date: October, 2018
ISBN: 9781611806397
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“All there is is Krishna.”

Upon hearing this famous and enigmatic line from the Gita’s seventh chapter when he was a boy, Ravi Ravindra embarked on a journey to understand its deep meaning. The search led him far beyond the tradition from which the text originally arose to an exploration of world mystical wisdom, including Zen, Christianity, Yoga, and particularly the teachings of J. Krishnamurti and G. I. Gurdjieff.

Dr. Ravindra’s fresh prose translation is the fruit of that lifelong process. It stands out from the many other versions with its assertion that the Bhagavad Gita is at heart a universal guide to navigating the battle of life required of each and every one of us. It is through that navigation, he shows, that we can discover and connect with the Krishna deep within ourselves: the Eternal Witness who is above the battle, and who is, ultimately and joyfully, all there is.

Holding the body, neck, and head erect and motionless, with gaze fixed on the tip of the nose, not looking in any direction, steadfast in the view of dwelling in the Vastness, with a calm spirit from which fear has been driven out, with a mind under control and a heart absorbed in Me, a yoga should sit steadily devoted to Me. Thus practicing yoga, with the mind controlled, the yogi finds the supreme peace of Nirvana which abides in Me. —Bhagavad Gita

This Shambhala Pocket Edition includes only the translated text of the Gita, not the extensive commentaries that are included in the larger edition.

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Inner Tradition of Yoga

A Guide to Yoga Philosophy for the Contemporary Practitioner (Revised Edition)
$24.95 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Shambhala
Publication Date: July, 2018
ISBN: 9781611805918
In stock now: 6

“There is no daily practice without some formal training; and there is no deep spiritual training without the mess of relational life. The two are one,” says Michael Stone. This wise, accessible guide—now revised and updated—makes the spiritual and ethical teachings of the yogic tradition immediately relatable to our practice on the mat and in our everyday relationships and activities. Stone draws from numerous disciplines—including Buddhism and psychotherapy—to provide an in-depth, completely clear explanation of yogic philosophy, along with teachings on how to work with the conditions of our life and fully appreciate yoga as a practice of being intimate with moment-to-moment reality.

 Yoga is a practice that helps us be more present with the actual, fluid life we are living right now—and there is no yoga without the conditions of your life.

 “Intense, poetic, wise, practical, intimate, and visionary—the mind-body connection has never been better explored or explained.” —Sharon Gannon, cofounder of Jivamukti Yoga

This book is about how to cultivate a yoga practice, what constitutes a yoga practice, how to recognize and work with the different stages on the path, and how to keep the tradition of yoga a living tradition through committed practice and critical engagement. On a heart level, this book is about the cultivation of patience, honesty, nonviolence, wisdom, and the ability to meet life as it occurs from moment to moment without habitual forms of clinging. Whether you are just beginning your practice or you have studied deeply in a particular system, you should be able to find here some suggestions and encouragement for deepening your practice.
 

There are two themes in this book: (1) The essence of yoga teaches us that all forms of clinging create suffering. Nothing can be owned as “I, me, and mine.” And (2) a disciplined and appropriate practice leaves no stone unturned… It brings yoga off the mat, out of the meditation hall and into the tangled world of our interpersonal relationships, our habitual psychological holding patterns, and the complexity of ethical action. This book moves back and forth between these two themes—practice and letting go—by weaving together theory and responsive action.

Also by Michael Stone (1974-2017) are Freeing the Body, Freeing the Mind and Awake in the World.

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Spiritual Teaching of Ramana Maharshi

$14.95 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Shambhala
Publication Date: July, 2018
ISBN: 9781611806250
In stock now: 3

Ramana Maharshi (1879-1950), was one of the greatest spiritual teachers of modern-day India. At age 17 he attained a profound experience of the true Self without the guidance of a Guru and thereafter remained conscious of his identity with the Absolute (Brahman). After six years of silent seclusion he finally began to reply to questions of spiritual seekers from all over the world.

He followed no particular traditional system of teaching, but rather spoke directly from his own experience. He wrote virtually nothing; his teaching took the form of conversations with visitors (transcribed by followers), brief instructions and a few songs. His method of instruction was to direct the questioner again and again to her true self and to recommend, as a path to realization, a tireless form of self-inquiry featuring the question “Who am I?”

The transcribed conversations of Ramana Maharshi are known among spiritual seekers the world over; their great inspirational power transcends all religious differences. This classic book of Sri Ramana’s instructions draws together three works in question-and-answer format which contain the essence of Maharshi’s teachings: Who am I, Spiritual Instruction, and Maharshi’s Gospel. A biographical sketch and glossary are also included.

Truly speaking, pure Consciousness is indivisible; it is without parts. It has no form and shape, no “within” and “without.” There is no “right” and “left” for it. Pure Consciousness, which is the Heart, includes all, and nothing is outside or apart from it. That is the ultimate Truth…
 

But the experience of Consciousness can be with bodily awareness as well as without it.

“Sri Ramana Maharshi can be appreciated by any tradition. He was perhaps the brightest light, East or West, in the modern era, and his words never fail to enlighten. He is really unique in so many ways, and this book is a wonderful glimpse of his intense radiance, which blinds the ego and discloses the Divine in every word and gesture.” —Ken Wilber, author of No Boundary

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Hip-Healthy Asana

The Yoga Practitioner's Guide to Protecting the Hips and Avoiding SI Joint Pain
$24.95 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Shambhala
Publication Date: June, 2018
ISBN: 9781611805512
In stock now: 5

The mind and body benefits of daily yoga practice are unquestionably positive, but as yoga has become more popular, an increasing number of yoga practitioners are suffering from hip and lower back pain and intense sacroiliac joint discomfort. The urge to push yourself too far, too fast, along with forceful “adjustments” by well-meaning yoga instructors, can result in hip pain caused by hypermobility—too much flexibility or excessive range of motion. Because of the nature of the hip joint, these enthusiastic practitioners often do not feel the effects of their practice until they wake up one day with immobility and debilitating pain.

Hip-Healthy Asana is a concise, practical guide that will teach you how to protect your hips as you practice—and will help you adapt your practice as necessary if hip problems do develop. Yoga and meditation teacher Charlotte Bell gives a complete, accessible explanation of the hip structure, and offers practice tips, modifications, and sequences that enhance hip strength and stability for a sustainable practice that can last through every age and stage of life.

I’ve learned a whole lot about what poses and alignment beliefs might contribute to hip joint degeneration. When you’ve got no cartilage, the feedback is immediate, definitive, and at times, shockingly painful.
 

That is why I’m inspired to share the information in this book. Yoga practice continues to grow, for lots of good, healthy, inspiring reasons. But many practitioners feel pressured to perform, to push ever further into poses, ignoring their better judgment and their body’s own signals. My hope is that this book will help yoga practitioners begin to think about partnering with their bodies as they are, rather than using practice as a way to “conquer” them.

Also by Charlotte Bell (who’s been teaching for over 30 years) are Mindful Yoga, Mindful Life and Yoga for Meditators.

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Meditations

$14.95 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Shambhala
Publication Date: April, 2018
ISBN: 9781611806045
In stock now: 2

Krishnamurti (1895-1986) went from his origins in a small south Indian village to become one of the great spiritual teachers of our time. He taught that the only way to peace on earth is the transformation of the human psyche—and that there is no path to this transformation, no method for achieving it, no gurus or spiritual authorities who can help. The transformation is a truth each of us must discover within ourselves.

This classic collection of brief excerpts from Krishnamurti’s books and talks presents the essence of his teaching on meditation—a state of attention, beyond thought, which brings total freedom from authority and ambition, fears and separateness.

The empty mind cannot be purchased at the altar of demand; it comes into being when thought is aware of its own activities—not the thinker being aware of his thought.

 

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Meditation is just to be sensitive—like a newborn blade of grass open to the wind, the rain, the sunlight… just to be sensitive.

This book is now published in the Shambhala Pocket Library series.

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Life of Yogananda

The Story of the Yogi Who Became the First Modern Guru
$26.99 CAD
Hardcover Book
Publisher: Hay House
Publication Date: April, 2018
ISBN: 9781401952181
In stock now: 5

He was called “the 20th century’s first superstar guru” (Los Angeles Times), and today, nearly a century after he arrived in America, he’s still the best known and most beloved of all the Indian spiritual teachers who have come to the West. Now, finally, Paramahansa Yogananda has the authoritative biography he deserves.

Yogananda, considered by many to be the father of modern yoga, has had an unsurpassed global impact thanks to the durability of his teachings, the institutions he created or inspired, and especially his iconic memoir, Autobiography of a Yogi.
Since its publication in 1946, that book has sold millions of copies and changed millions of lives. But it doesn’t tell the whole story.

Much of Yogananda’s seminal text is devoted to tales about other people, and it largely overlooks the three vital decades he spent living, working, and teaching in America. Huge chunks of his life—challenges, controversies, and crises; triumphs, relationships, and formative experiences—remain unknown to even his most ardent devotees. This captivating biography fills the gaps, charting a journey that spanned six decades, two hemispheres, two world wars, and unprecedented social changes. The result is an objective, thoroughly researched account of Yogananda’s remarkable life in all its detail, nuance, and complex humanity.

 I sincerely hope that every reader will find something of value in the book, and that even Yogananda’s most earnest students will learn something they did not know before. More important, as a highly practical guru, Yogananda would, I believe, want any book about him to not only inform but transform. It is my hope that readers will be enriched, expanded, and deepened by this humble account of his life. 

“Sympathetic yet critical, the book brings to light an enormous number of facets of Yogananda’s life, times, spiritual realization, culture clashes, and personal dimensions… I highly recommend you read this book, and get a profound reminder of what the spiritual search is all about.” —Ken Wilber, author of The Religion of Tomorrow

“Deeply informed by Phil Goldberg’s years of practice and study… A  delightfully written, juicy, and inspiring portrait that takes us right into the heart of the yogic experience.” —Sally Kempton, author of Awakening Shakti

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Yoga & Psyche

Integrating the Paths of Yoga and Psychology for Healing, Transformation, and Joy
$21.95 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Sounds True
Publication Date: February, 2018
ISBN: 9781622036561
In stock now: 5

Has yoga improved your health and expanded your awareness, but emotional and relationship issues continue to challenge you? Have you found psychotherapy helpful, yet yearn for further spiritual discovery?

With Yoga & Psyche, Mariana Caplan explores how these domains of transformation complement each other, laying the groundwork for a new merging of the two.

Even among the most dedicated of followers, neither yoga nor psychology alone offers a complete approach to integrated psychological and spiritual transformation. As Mariana explains, yoga by itself “does not heal relational wounds, increase self-esteem, enhance communication, reveal or change self-destructive patterns, or end addictions.” While Western psychology does address these problems, by itself psychology “can’t offer the contentment, joy, and life-altering experiences that yoga and other spiritual practices can.” It’s easy to see how either path alone can lack something crucial, and how both—when integrated—can generate something remarkable, fresh, and uncommonly beneficial…. She also elucidates how yoga and psychology can be informed by the related fields of somatics, neuroscience, and trauma studies, and she does so with an accessible voice that offers hands-on practices. —Don Hanlon Johnson, from his foreword

Through original research, clinical findings, Caplan's own experiences, and actual practices, Yoga & Psyche takes us on an in-depth exploration of this emerging new terrain.

From approximately two hundred studies, we developed the following propositions:

1. The Western psychologist can benefit from insights, practices, and research on yoga.

2. The Western practitioner of yoga can benefit by integrating the larger yogic perspective of breathwork and meditation, as well as somatic psychology, neuroscience, trauma research, mindfulness, and other developments in Western psychology.

3. The long-term integration of these two fields offers the practitioner the possibility of becoming fully embodied — for the consciousness and intelligence that are ordinarily associated with the mind to become awakened throughout the whole body.

4. There is a new field emerging in which a variety of methods that integrate yoga and psychology can be created, researched, and implemented.

Among the other books by Mariana Caplan are Eyes Wide Open and The Guru Question.

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Bhakti Coloring Book

Deities, Mandalas, and the Art of Playful Meditation
$19.50 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Sounds True
Publication Date: January, 2018
ISBN: 9781622039197
In stock now: 5

In the yoga tradition, bhakti is the path of the heart. This devotional branch of yoga is growing in popularity as increasing numbers of practitioners seek greater peace and more heartfelt connections in their personal and professional lives. Artist and scholar Ekabhumi Charles Ellik invites us to cultivate these feelings of love and connection through coloring, meditation, and art in The Bhakti Coloring Book.

Following on the success of The Shakti Coloring Book, Ekabhumi has created 40 brand-new, easy-to-color images from the bhakti tradition. Mandalas, deities, and symbols adorn the pages of this heart-centered book along with guidance for using the images both in spiritual practice and for simple pleasure. Devotional art is an important part of the bhakti tradition, as sacred imagery can shift our consciousness into a naturally meditative state. For experienced artists and novices alike, this book offers an enjoyable entry into this powerful practice.

As you color the images in this book, remember that the goal is to transform your inner experience by expanding your sense of self. The artworks are just documentation, evidence of your inner work, the manifestation of a divine principle you have nurtured in your own heart. If you produce a bunch of colorful images but have not grown wiser and more compassionate as a result, then you were refining a skill, not performing a spiritual practice. Following the suggestions given may make the act of coloring inexplicably more difficult than usual, because creating the artwork is just the tip of the iceberg. The majority of the work is done in your heart, unseen. Be patient with yourself, yet consistent. Complete these images, and your karma will be transformed.

Ellik also created 20 original illustrations for Sally Kempton’s book, Awakening Shakti.

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Kabalah Yoga

Embodying the Hidden Power of the Sacred Hebrew Letters
$27.95 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: New Harbinger
Publication Date: January, 2018
ISBN: 9781626259379
In stock now: 2

Audi Gozlan, a certified yoga instructor and the founder of Kabalah Yoga (also a Canadian TV show!), offers a book that fuses the practice of yoga with the ancient wisdom of Jewish mysticism, teaching you how to awaken the secret energy of each Hebrew letter in order to enliven your practice and experience the hidden powers of the universe.

Kabalah Yoga blends the movement and meditation of Hatha flow yoga with the ancient teachings of Kabalah, incorporating the wisdom of the Hebrew letters, also known as the Sacred Shapes, which are believed by Jewish mystics to be divine templates that contain the creative energy of the universe. This book describes the body, breath, and soul found within each of the Sacred Shapes, and shows that by moving your body into asanas based on each letter of the Hebrew alphabet and meditating on their meaning, you can unlock and embrace their great, empowering, and healing wisdom. Kabalah Yoga brings a new form of awareness to the practice of yoga as a language of the soul, allowing you to journey deep within and discover yourself from the inside out, while tapping into the divine energy of each of the Sacred Shapes. With the explanations, insights, stories, meditations, and photographs in this book, you'll enhance your practice and improve your life.

Audi is an artist, scholar, yoga practitioner, explorer, and true pioneer. With the gift of this book, he is taking us into a path of feeling much more in our movement and breath. Kabalah Yoga encourages us to search inward and be the vessel that holds our soul flame, shining and elevating everything…

 

May we all realize the neshimah (breath) that is breathing us all. May we realize our ko-ach (full potential) as we connect to the ein sof  (eternal light) that embraces all life. —Shiva Rea, from the foreword