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The Power of Myth

July 1, 2013

Yoga Book Club continues this month with The Power of Myth by Joseph Campbell.  We meet the last Tuesday of every month at 8 p.m. at the Sacred Thread Ashram.  You can join us at anytime – whether you read the book or not.  Hope to see you at our July 30th meeting!

 

Amazon.com review:

Among his many gifts, Joseph Campbell’s most impressive was the unique ability to take a contemporary situation, such as the murder and funeral of President John F. Kennedy, and help us understand its impact in the context of ancient mythology. Herein lies the power of The Power of Myth, showing how humans are apt to create and live out the themes of mythology. Based on a six-part PBS television series hosted by Bill Moyers, this classic is especially compelling because of its engaging question-and-answer format, creating an easy, conversational approach to complicated and esoteric topics. For example, when discussing the mythology of heroes, Campbell and Moyers smoothly segue from the Sumerian sky goddess Inanna to Star Wars‘ mercenary-turned-hero, Han Solo. Most impressive is Campbell’s encyclopedic knowledge of myths, demonstrated in his ability to recall the details and archetypes of almost any story, from any point and history, and translate it into a lesson for spiritual living in the here and now. –Gail Hudson

The Power of Now

June 5, 2013

This month for Yoga Book Club we are reading The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle.  This book was highly recommended to me by a dear friend and I am excited to dive in!  Join me on Tuesday, June 25; we will meet at the Sacred Thread Ashram from 8 – 9 p.m. to discuss our thoughts on the book.  All are welcome (even if you didn’t read the book!).

 

About the book: “It’s no wonder that The Power of Now has sold over 2 million copies worldwide and has been translated into over 30 foreign languages. Much more than simple principles and platitudes, the book takes readers on an inspiring spiritual journey to find their true and deepest self and reach the ultimate in personal growth and spirituality: the discovery of truth and light. 

In the first chapter, Tolle introduces readers to enlightenment and its natural enemy, the mind. He awakens readers to their role as a creator of pain and shows them how to have a pain-free identity by living fully in the present. The journey is thrilling, and along the way, the author shows how to connect to the indestructible essence of our Being, “the eternal, ever-present One Life beyond the myriad forms of life that are subject to birth and death.”

This month’s Yoga Book Club selection is The Way of Passion: A Celebration of Rumi by Andrew Harvey.  Since Passion has been on my mind lately, this seemed like an appropriate choice!

On Tuesday, May 28, we will meet at the Sacred Thread Ashram from 8 – 9 p.m. to discuss our thoughts on the book.  All are welcome (even if you didn’t read the book!).  Join me!

About the book:

A powerful interpretation of Rumi and his message of divine love and union. The Way of Passion, a penetrating antidote to today’s spiritual crises, presents Rumi’s magnificent visions of spiritual surrender and mystical union.

We are kicking off our inaugural book club with one of my favorite authors: Stephen Cope.  Join me in reading Yoga and the Quest for the True Self this month.  On Tuesday, April 30, we will meet at the Sacred Thread Ashram from 8 – 9 p.m. to discuss our thoughts on the book.  All are welcome (even if you didn’t read the book!).

Yoga Book Club Selection for April 2013

About the book:

Millions of Americans know yoga as a superb form of exercise and as a potent source of calm in our stress-filled lives. Far fewer are aware of the full promise of yoga as a 4,000-year-old practical path of liberation—a path that fits the needs of modern Western seekers with startling precision. Now Stephen Cope, a Western-trained psychotherapist who has lived and taught for more than ten years at the largest yoga center in America, offers this marvelously lively and irreverent “pilgrim’s progress” for today’s world. He demystifies the philosophy, psychology, and practice of yoga, and shows how it applies to our most human dilemmas: from loss, disappointment, and addiction, to the eternal conflicts around sex and relationship. And he shows us that in yoga, “liberation” does not require us to leave our everyday lives for some transcendent spiritual plane—life itself is the path. Above all, Cope shows how yoga can heal the suffering of self-estrangement that pervades our society, leading us to a new sense of purpose and to a deeper, more satisfying life in the world.

Yoga Book Club!

March 11, 2013

I am so excited to share this news with you: This month I am starting a Yoga Book club at the newly opened Sacred Thread Ashram in the Old Fourth Ward (more details on the Ashram coming soon)!  You are cordially invited to join me the last Tuesday of every month, starting March 26, from 8 – 9 p.m. in the Telephone Factory Lofts.

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We’ll get started on March 26 by meeting other participants, sharing some chai and choosing our first book.  Then, each month we’ll meet up to share our thoughts on the book, discuss how yogic concepts play out in our everyday lives and have a little fun in the process.

This book club is FREE for Ashram members and only $5/meeting for non-members.  Hope to see you on Tuesday, March 26!

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Yoga & Ayurveda

January 7, 2013


I’ve had this book on my shelf for about 3 months now but I’ve finally plucked it from its hidden spot and put it on my bedside table. Want to read this one together? Let me know if you pick it up; I’m starting it this week!

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