By Donna Farhi
Internationally well known and bestselling writer Donna Farhi strikes yoga perform past the mat into our daily lives, restoring the tradition's meant functionality as an entire, useful philosophy for day-by-day residing.
increasing upon the lessons of Patanjali's Yoga Sutras, the center textual content of the yoga culture, Donna Farhi describes yoga's reworking energy as an entire lifestyles perform, some distance past its universal aid to mere work out or tension administration. this can be the philosophy of yoga as a route to a deeper understanding of self. Drawing upon her years of educating with scholars, Farhi courses readers via all of the pitfalls and offers of navigating a religious perform.
Farhi's attractive and available variety and huge event provide very important teachings for rookies and professional practitioners of yoga alike. and since her teachings of yoga philosophy expand into each nook of lifestyle, this e-book is an both available advisor to these looking non secular assistance with no studying the pretzel bendings of the actual perform itself. As one of many best academics around the globe, Farhi's exploration of the center philosophy of yoga is destined to develop into an speedy classic.
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There is a delightful parable about the sage Ribhu and his disciple Nidagha in which the teacher challenges his student’s habitual perceptions and in doing so opens the window for the student to see the unity that lies behind the veil of appearances. It is the challenge we all face when we avert our gaze from a homeless person, when we omit a difficult relative from the Thanksgiving dinner roster, or when we se- A Larger Life 25 cretly deride an obese person. Although Nidagha had been taught the truth of oneness, he lacked the conviction to follow the path of Yoga, so he settled instead on leading a life devoted to religious ceremony and ritual.
Even a little effort toward spiritual awareness will protect you from the greatest fear. (2:40)3 When we begin Yoga practice in earnest, we are signing up for a lifelong apprenticeship with our Self and to the Self. And as in any apprenticeship, many skills can be learned only over a long period of time. There are no shortcuts and no crash courses, and there is no replacement for the satisfaction and richness that follow in the wake of such wholehearted commitment. The very idea of a lifelong apprenticeship has become quite foreign in our culture, invested as it is in securing immediate benefits as a wedge against uncertainty.
Because our false identity has been created through the ministrations of our habitual mind, we cannot solve a problem with the same mind that created it. Therefore, we have to change our mind. If you have ever had an argument with a loved one and found yourself and your beloved proceeding along a well-worn track that will lead to one or the other of you slamming a door, you know that as long as each of you holds to a point of view, nothing can change. Thus it is not until we are able to change our point of view that we can consider an alternative to the limited life we may be leading.