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Journey to Joyful: Transform Your Life with Pranashama Yoga
     

Journey to Joyful: Transform Your Life with Pranashama Yoga

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by Dashama Konah Gordon
 

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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

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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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"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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781583943229
Publisher:
North Atlantic Books
Publication date:
09/06/2011
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
874,683
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)

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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 (yogamonth.org), and is the star of five yoga DVDs. She lives in Santa Monica, CA.

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Journey to Joyful: Transform Your Life with Pranashama Yoga 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
sunnsoto More than 1 year ago
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.
Grady1GH More than 1 year ago
Dashama Konah Gordon's newest venture in writing, JOURNEY TO JOYFUL, is one of those reading experiences that is felt internally as well as delighting the eye and brain. One of the reasons her book on the practice of Pranashama Yoga is so poignant is her sharing of her own life journey - an unwanted child of substance abuse parents separated from two of her siblings at age seven, finding her way back into life through the practice of yoga. Throughout the book she graciously shares aspects of her life that cried to be mended and how she found that reconstruction through all aspects of yoga. For those who are new to the practice of this centuries-old form of spiritual and corporal affirmation she offers frequent definitions: 'Pranashama Yoga literally translates to 'prana': sacred life force energy and 'shama': calming of the mind. Sacred life force energy that calms the mind and create union with all of existence.' In a very conversational manner she then leads the reader through the various forms of living by yoga, pausing to share aspects like the three emotional prison keepers (expectations, attachment, judgment), and the importance of caring for the body (our temple) by comfortably discussing diet, meditation, exercises, and ways to transform the quiet energy that comes into the body through these practices into life changes. Yes, there are many very fine books dealing with the practice of yoga, but few are as gently seductive as this very well written and designed book. One aspect of Dashama Konah Gordon's communication of her beliefs is her utter honesty and genuine compassion for the reader. She tackles questions about yoga that many disbelievers have. For instance, she writes 'When people ask me if yoga is a religion, I smile and answer 'not at all'. Although there are certain styles and schools of yoga that embrace and interweave their own religious views, Pranashama Yoga embraces all views while honoring Love and Unity above all else. As you may have noticed, I often quote masters, saints, and enlightened people throughout this book and other teachings. I do this to illustrate the point that they are all brilliant and connected deeply to the Supreme Source. They each have their own spin on this life experience, and much of what they offer is valid and applicable, even after thousands of years. Truth is Timeless. Love is Eternal. Bliss is Infinite. We are All One. United at the Supreme Source.' It is this selfless sharing of information and ideas and experiences that draws the reader to her and engenders the commitment to follow her lead. Grady Harp