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Stretch: The Unlikely Making of a Yoga Dude

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  • Posted October 19, 2010

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    Neal Pollack is a yogaholic. Once trying yoga, he becomes obsessed with doing yoga every chance he gets. This humorous look at his journey in search of his inner self and realization is an enjoyable read but taught me nothing of the principles of yoga. But I still liked this book.

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  • Posted February 19, 2013

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    Getting Hooked On Yoga Neal Pollack began as a skeptic towards y

    Getting Hooked On Yoga
    Neal Pollack began as a skeptic towards yoga. It doesn't seem manly enough, but he soon finds out that, after being called fat and having a mid-life crisis, yoga might be his only choice. Pollack's search for his 'best self," is a journey that leads him all over the world.
    Although it is a common cliché, one of the main themes is letting go to your troubles. Yoga is a way to put focus on the things you live for or even the things you want to bring into your life. This may be your family or religion, and/or joy, awareness, or understanding. Everyone is seeking something different. I Sanskrit it is written, “Yoga is to still the patterning of consciousness.” Yoga is where one is supposed to find pure awareness, or isvara. The nature of modern society tends to do the opposite: to get distracted. Yoga helps us calm the mind and reach that still conscious. These are things Neal comes learns throughout his yoga transformation.
    I usually find nonfiction books to be quite boring because there isn't much emotion. Neal Pollack does a really nice job of keeping you interested the entire time. His zealous nature and the cursing he isn’t afraid to add in, defines his writing style and gives the book personality. You are really able to picture who he is and his real thoughts and feelings as he goes through this journey. I surprisingly enjoyed him talk about farting in class. It was entertaining. What I didn’t like was how he contradicted himself when talking about how politics shouldn’t be incorporated into Yoga. He turns right around and adds his two cents to the political side of things, and chants with other students later in the book about the president. I also didn’t enjoy when a huge history lesson was put into certain spots. It was a little too much. Needless to say, the book as a whole was fairly enlightening into the yoga world but was more of a funny story about Pollack’s transformation into his “best self.”

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  • Posted September 24, 2011

    Really good

    Writer Neal Pollack is at a crossroads in life and yoga saves him. In 2000, he led a glamorous life of book tours and appearances while dishing out his edgy, cutting, wit that the 20-somethings craved. But now, a decade later, he's struggling to support a family while keeping his writing career afloat. He is on a quest to do good things and to be his best self. In this book he bravely dives into some heavy yoga terminology - explaining iashtanga, kundalini and the yoga sutras in layman's terms. The philosophical revelations he uncovers are humbling and inspiring. Such as, "Don't let other people's work ripple your waters. Their business, whether you choose to enjoy it or not has nothing to do with you." Practicing yoga opens doors he never expected. Even if you are not into yoga, the dichotomy of Pollack's wise-ass attitude and his obsession with yoga makes for an enjoyable, humorous and uplifting book.

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