Journey to Joyful: Transform Your Life with Pranashama Yoga


In this uplifting guide packed with health tips, dietary recommendations, and inspirational affirmations, Dashama introduces her own brand of yoga for self-transformation. The book introduces Pranashama Yoga, developed by Dashama as a combination of arts that works with the physical and spiritual energy of the body. Pranashama Yoga draws on various styles of yoga (Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Kundalini, Anusara, and Power), martial arts (T’ai Chi, ...

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In this uplifting guide packed with health tips, dietary recommendations, and inspirational affirmations, Dashama introduces her own brand of yoga for self-transformation. The book introduces Pranashama Yoga, developed by Dashama as a combination of arts that works with the physical and spiritual energy of the body. Pranashama Yoga draws on various styles of yoga (Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Kundalini, Anusara, and Power), martial arts (T’ai Chi, Qigong), and Thai yoga therapy.
Dashama includes clear explanations of the yoga philosophy underlying her program and shares her own journey to her present success as a leading yoga teacher. Tackling the problem of addiction and its impact on family and individual happiness, Dashama presents alternative visions of healing and mental peace through the time-tested, drug-free path of yoga. She concludes the book with useful exercises to help students on their own journeys to joyful living: self-assessment writing assignments, quizzes, and a four-stage diet and weight-loss program that incorporates yogic breathing and positive-thinking exercises. Illustrated throughout with black and white photographs, Journey to Joyful is designed for readers interested in yoga, natural food, weight loss, and positive thinking.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Any time we talk about Yoga, we're talking about a practice interwoven with a personal journey. Dashama generously shares her story from the prison of pain to the jubilation of finding joy as a backdrop for understanding how the ancient practice of Yoga is relevant in the modern world for addressing the various issues of everyday life. Dashama writes with humor and, most importantly, with an infectious sense of joy."
—Felicia Marie Tomasko, editor in chief of LA YOGA Magazine and president of the California Association of Ayurvedic Medicine

“Dashama has the gift of inspiration.  She is greatly inspired by the practice of yoga and her message will open your eyes to your true potential and leave you inspired too. Journey to Joyful is a wonderful book for all people interested in creating a life of health and happiness.”
—Baron Baptiste, author of Journey Into Power: How to Sculpt Your Ideal Body, Free your True Self and Transform your Life with Yoga

“Dashama is a rising star in the field of mind/body/spiritual health and personal development. She embodies a bright light and is an inspiration to everyone she meets. She has the unique ability to make complex and profound concepts very simple and approachable for everyone to learn, while keeping it light and fun.”
—Sirah Vettese, PhD, author of Spiritual Makeovers: 10 Practices for Falling in Love with Your Life

“Dashama is an exquisite example of beauty, love, integrity, professionalism, health, inquisitiveness, and yearning for learning that all future yoginis can strive for.”
—Mark Becker, yoga pioneer and CEO of NY Yoga Magazine and NewLife Magazine

"This book is a good intro to the benefits of yoga and yogic philosophy. Dashama writes about how to cultivate radiant health through nutrition, yoga and positive lifestyle habits, based on her own personal experiences. She also includes lots of pictures and descriptions of yoga poses!"
—Jenny Sansouci, Healthy Crush

"I have read a lot of books on yoga programs and ‘self-help,' and am pleased to say this book is one of the best I've encountered. ... [Dashama] describes ways to assess and change emotional habits that might keep people stuck, as well as eating habits, yoga philosophy and time management. This is a book about changing your life. ... I found it a thoroughly great and uplifting read."
—Alaina Zipp, New Consciousness Review

“[Journey To Joyful] shares the author's secrets of Pranshama Yoga and how it blends positive thinking and fun with yoga and approaches to overall nutrition and exercise. … An inspiration for any who would move beyond basic yoga practices.”
Midwest Book Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781583943229
  • Publisher: North Atlantic Books
  • Publication date: 9/6/2011
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 1,440,961
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Dashama Konah Gordon, simply known as Dashama, is a yoga teacher, author, performing artist, and inspirational speaker. She cofounded the 30-Day Yoga Challenge, partnering with National Yoga Month (, and is the star of five yoga DVDs. She lives in Santa Monica, CA.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 My Body Is My Temple 1

Yoga 3

Ten Golden Rules of Pranashama Yoga 4

My Body Is My Temple 4

Getting to Know Your Body 5

The Seven Chakras and Your Energy Centers 5

Five Bodies (Koshas) 9

The Spine 11

Cultivating Radiance 14

You Are What You Eat 14

You Are What You Think 15

Your Body Is a Map of Your Past 16

Your Body Is Sacred 17

Your Body Needs Rest 18

Play Like a Kid and Have Fun! 19

Sexuality, Sensuality, and the Physical Body 21

Your Body Was Created to Move 22

The Renew You Three-Stage Energy Diet 24

Stage 1 Eliminate Junk! 24

Stage 2 Integrate Superfoods 25

Stage 3 Cleanse Your System 26

Optional: Stage 4 Detoxify Your Internal Organs 27

Recipes from the Renew You Program 35

PranashamaYoga Asanas 38

Is Yoga Spiritual or Physical? 39

It's All Yoga 39

The Power of Asana Practice 40

Pranashama Yoga Asana Sequences 41

Sun Salutations: Rise and Shine with Yoga 43

Six-Pack Yoga Abs 47

Neck-Healing Sequence: Self-Healing and Stretch 51

Five Tibetan Rites: Discover the Fountain of Youth 57

A True Transformation Story: The Healing Power of Yoga 63

Chapter 2 Navigating the Sea of Emotions 67

Five Steps to Gain Control of Your Emotional Body 70

Pranashama Yoga for Healing 74

Three Keys to Eliminating Addiction 81

The Three Emotional Prison Keepers 83

Expectations 83

Attachment 85

Judgment 88

Loving Myself 91

Pranayama Breathing Exercises 93

Strengthening Your Chakras 96

Affirmations to Strengthen Your Solar Plexus 96

Chakra/Personal Power

Chakra Empowering Practices 93

Chakras, Mantras, and the Power of Chanting 97

Chanting and Working with Mantras 99

Healing the Inner Child 102

Short Inner-Child Guided Meditation Practice 105

A Personal Example of Inner-Child Issues 107

Embrace Your Shadow 108

Awakening the Heart Centers 108

The Connection Between the Three Heart Centers 109

Three Levels of Love 111

Accessing the Bliss Channel 115

Connecting with Nature to Access the Bliss Channel 117

The Meaning of Namaste: A True Story of Transformation 117

Chapter 3 Taming the Monkey Mind 119

Your Belief System 124

Witness Consciousness 127

Three Levels of Meditation 128

Dreams Becoming Reality 129

My Personal Example 130

Karma 132

Controlling Our Minds 137

Your Mindset: It's Up to You 138

Bull in a China Shop: A True Transformation Story 141

Chapter 4 Spiritual Liberation 143

Are You Ready to Break Free? 145

Eight Limbs of Yoga 147

Tantra Yoga and True Liberation 152

Enlightenment Is Bliss 153

Love Is My Religion 158

Bodhichitta and the Gateway between Heaven and Earth 159

Bodhisattva 161

Seva 162

Finding Your Life Purpose 162

Gratitude and Appreciation 167

Stay Inspired and Live with Passion! 168

Poetic Inspiration by Dashama 171

Appendix A Self-Assessments 173

Chakra Quiz: Where Am I Right Now? 173

FindingTime for Yourself 177

Appendix B Finding a Teacher 185

Notes 189

Illustration Credits 191

Index 193

About the Author 197

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  • Posted October 17, 2011

    You deserve to treat yourself!

    I tend to have alot of buyers remorse with books since it's so hard to find an author I really connect with - this book has absolutely exceeded my expectations! I LOVE IT. I'm just in the middle of it now, and am taking my time to savor each section. Reading this book instantly inspired me to get moving. That's what I was looking for; inspiration, motivation, along with the how-to-do-it. Dashama's "imperfect" upbringing has given me great encouragement for my own potential. Her wisdom and compassion is brought forth by this labor of love.

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