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enLIGHTened: How I Lost 40 Pounds with a Yoga Mat, Fresh Pineapples, and a Beagle-Pointer

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Meet your new healthy best friend and yoga guru: Jessica Berger Gross. For years, Jessica struggled with fluctuating weight and bouts of unhappiness. Then she took a yoga class. It changed her life. Not because she suddenly became a human pretzel, but because yoga gave her an entirely new way of looking at the world, and at what she was eating and why she was eating it.

The core principles of yoga philosophy offer guidance that leads to eating smartly, living right, and losing ...

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Overview


Meet your new healthy best friend and yoga guru: Jessica Berger Gross. For years, Jessica struggled with fluctuating weight and bouts of unhappiness. Then she took a yoga class. It changed her life. Not because she suddenly became a human pretzel, but because yoga gave her an entirely new way of looking at the world, and at what she was eating and why she was eating it.

The core principles of yoga philosophy offer guidance that leads to eating smartly, living right, and losing weight. In a step-by-step process, this new paperback edition will teach you how these principles, or sutras, can help you to lose the physical weight and gain the emotional wisdom to keep it off. For example:

• Truthfulness, or satya, requires the yogi to be honest. Maybe you already eat salad for lunch, but if you're throwing in chunks of breaded chicken and cheese, you're not really watching your weight.

• Moderation, or brahmacarya, suggests that you make being only three-quarters full the new “I'm stuffed.” You'll be surprised at how well it works.

• Nonviolence, or ahimsa, sets out a compelling case for a vegetarian diet, or at least the need to eat only free-range, ethically-produced meat, and less of it.

Go beyond trendy diets, unsustainable exercise routines, and the quest for the “perfect” figure. With spiritual philosophy and an inspiring personal story, enLIGHTened will set you on a journey to self-acceptance, peace, and long-term health.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781616088316
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/18/2012
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 821,010
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Jessica Berger Gross is a longtime yoga devotee and editor of the award-winning anthology About What Was Lost: 20 Writers on Miscarriage, Healing and Hope. Originally from Long Island, New York, Jessica lives with her husband and son and their dog, Salem. She teaches creative writing at the University of British Columbia.

Bobby Clennell is the author and illustrator of The Women's Yoga Book, and teaches at the Iyengar Yoga Institute of New York.

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Table of Contents

Preface ix

A Note to the Reader xv

1 why i needed to get enlightened 2

2 the rinse cycle 20

3 truthfulness (satya) 36

4 moderation (brahmacharya) 60

5 discipline and zeal (tapas) 90

6 purity, cleanliness (sauca) 126

7 nonviolence (ahimsa) 144

8 self-study and introspection (svadhyaya) 168

9 touching enlightenment (santosa, samadhi) 182

an enLIGHTened reading list 191

an enLIGHTened resource list 195

an enLIGHTened playlist 197

an enLIGHTened restaurant guide 199

an enLIGHTened author 203

acknowledgments 205

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  • Posted December 29, 2011

    Nothing New Here

    This is a whiny and incredibly pretentious ode to the author's neurosis. If you're already on the yogic path you will probably really appreciate how she validates your choices. I, however, do not view a whole wheat organic veggie pizza as a diet 'splurge' so it was hard for me to relate to. It's chock full of what a liberal earth mother would consider 'supposed-to' type advice. As I said, nothing new here, but it was interesting enough to read from cover to cover and kept me interested and even slightly entertained.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 31, 2011

    Good book

    Enjoying the book, but the Nook version is riddled with typos. The stories injected into the chapters are particularly bad. The section that I'm reading now has no periods. Typos aside, it is in interesting, thought-provoking book.

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  • Posted February 13, 2011

    a book to come back and read again

    down to earth, fun to read and insightful. i've faced so many of the same challenges and she taught me how to succeed with yoga, healthy eating and the people who love me.

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  • Posted December 30, 2010

    great book

    i really enjoyed this book. it was inspiring and had some great tips to follow.

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  • Posted August 13, 2009

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    A must-read for anyone determined to make a positive change in their lifestyle!

    Part spiritual memoir, part how-to manual for diet and lifestyle change, the words filling these pages are both relevant and inspiring. Jessica Berger Gross succeeds in making friends with her readers by doing something we rarely get the chance to see- she exposes her very real past pain for all to see, and allows herself to remain real and accessible as she does so. Sharing hurt from a dysfunctional and abusive childhood, emotional over-eating, ineffective coping strategies, getting on and falling off the diet wagon, and eventually making a sustainable change in her own life, Berger-Gross reaches out a compassionate hand to us all, cheering us each on in our own path to happiness and health, with pages and pages of touching and humorous anecdotes along the way. I have tried nearly every one of the recipes she has included in her book- all to wild success and a huge hit for several dinner parties I've thrown since. She peppers the book with yoga poses- all intended to be used by real people- no impossible poses intended for those perfectly sculpted, impossible hollywood bodies. With the poses, she gives the traditional title, along with meditations to ponder and integrate with the practice itself. Her recommendations for music, books, websites and more was tremendously helpful for me, and I have happily used several of these resources to support myself in my own food/yoga life.
    Since reading her book, and the few books she recommends in her pages, I have moved from a committed vegetarian to a passionate, and compassionate vegan. I have never felt healthier, happier or looked better. Reading EnLIGHTened, I felt I had made a friend for life, and will enjoy every re-read of Jessica Berger Gross' words. I have purchased this book for friends and family, and highly recommend it to everyone and anyone!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2009

    Inspirational

    I really loved this book! EnLIGHTened is a perfect mix of the practical and inspirational. It is written in a very user-friendly manner. The descriptions and pictures of the yoga poses are clear and helpful. Ms. Gross also highlights important take-aways in each section that can serve as great references. But in addition to being useful, Ms. Gross' story is motivating, candid, funny, and touching. As I read it I felt as if I was talking to a girlfriend. Her journey to wellness can serve as a motivation for all of us.

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