Mindfulness Yoga: The Awakened Union of Breath, Body and Mind

Mindfulness Yoga: The Awakened Union of Breath, Body and Mind

by Frank Jude Boccio
     
 

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"It's about time somebody wrote this!" —Jon Kabat-Zinn, author of Wherever You Go, There You Are

This groundbreaking book introduces an entirely new integration of yoga and meditation: Mindfulness Yoga. Mindfulness Yoga emphasizes the spiritual side of yoga practice, a dimension too often overlooked. In a manner unlike any book before it,

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"It's about time somebody wrote this!" —Jon Kabat-Zinn, author of Wherever You Go, There You Are

This groundbreaking book introduces an entirely new integration of yoga and meditation: Mindfulness Yoga. Mindfulness Yoga emphasizes the spiritual side of yoga practice, a dimension too often overlooked. In a manner unlike any book before it, Mindfulness Yoga presents the two disciplines as a single practice that enlivens the body, liberates the spirit, and awakens compassion, equanimity, and joy.

Whether you're a beginner or have been practicing for years, Mindfulness Yoga is for you. User-friendly, easy-to-follow sequences are laid out with over 100 accompanying photos in this innovative presentation of mindfulness meditation and yoga. Special lay-flat binding makes this book even more useful as a practice aid.

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"EDITOR'S CHOICE! Boccio shows that Buddhist practice is itself a form of yoga, presenting a meditational approach to asana practice."—Yoga Journal

"A must-have for all mindfulness practitioners who also practice or teach yoga. "—The Mindfulness Bell

"The author invites practitioners of yoga and meditation to experience yoga's poses as occasions for mindulness meditation. This relationship is both novel and logical. .. A welcome and ambitious synthesis. "—Publishers Weekly

"I highly recommend this book...elegant, lucid, astonishingly comprehensive, thoroughly accessible, designed -- refreshingly -- for real human beings! Bravo!"—Stephen Cope, senior Kripalu Yoga teacher and author of Yoga and the Quest for the True Self

"It's about time somebody wrote this!"—Jon Kabat-Zinn, author of Wherever You Go, There You Are

"In Mindfulness Yoga, Frank Boccio inspires us to join those who have walked the integrated path of yoga and mindfulness with a true teacher's voice of clarity, compassion and common sense."—Cyndi Lee, author of OM Yoga and founder of OM Yoga Center

"A terrific book for both meditators and new yoga students. Highly recommended." —Josh Baran, author of 365 Nirvana Here and Now

"Clear, intelligent, and much-needed. I'm delighted Frank Jude Boccio wrote this book. I now have something to recommend to my students."—Larry Rosenberg, Founder of the Cambridge Insight Meditation Center and author of Breath by Breath

"A wonderful and invaluable book!"—Wendy Cook, Yeshe Yoga instructor and director of Kurukulla Center for Tibetan Buddhist Studies

"A book to be savored."—Martha Stoodley, Yoga Instructor

"Anyone seeking to live a richer and more awakened life will be served by this wise and gentle book."—Melissa Blacker, MA, co-director of Professional Training and Senior Teacher, Stress Reduction Program, Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care and Society, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, MA.

"Boccio persuasively argues that Buddhism IS yoga. His explanation of the Four Noble Truths is the best I have read, and his advice, in general, is sound and subtle. Mindfulness Yoga helped my practice."—Chronogram

"Boccio reminds us to focus not just on the physical postures but also on what they teach us about the deepest truth of our lives. This is a welcome approach at a time when yoga is too often seems as just another way to get fit. ... The most erudite of the recent offerings."—Tricycle

"Mindfulness Yoga, with its warm, accessible style, is the first good introduction to yoga from a Buddhist standpoint, seamlessly integrating the Buddha's teachings on the Four Foundations of Mindfulness with traditional asana yoga practice."—Branches of Light

"GRADE: A. A delightful introduction to the Buddhist spirituality which has enhanced yoga through the centuries. Boccio's lessons are clear, cogent and precise, and Mindfulness Yoga is a highly recommended guide to self-empowerment."—EDGE Boston

"Mindfulness Yoga is a great inspiration for any yoga practitioner."—Mountain Record: The Zen Practitioner's Journal

Yoga Journal
"EDITOR'S CHOICE! Boccio shows that Buddhist practice is itself a form of yoga, presenting a meditational approach to asana practice."
The Mindfulness Bell
"A must-have for all mindfulness practitioners who also practice or teach yoga. "
Stephen Cope
"I highly recommend this book...elegant, lucid, astonishingly comprehensive, thoroughly accessible, designed -- refreshingly -- for real human beings! Bravo!"
Jon Kabat-Zinn
"It's about time somebody wrote this!"
Cyndi Lee
"In Mindfulness Yoga, Frank Boccio inspires us to join those who have walked the integrated path of yoga and mindfulness with a true teacher's voice of clarity, compassion and common sense."
Josh Baran
"A terrific book for both meditators and new yoga students. Highly recommended."
Larry Rosenberg
"Clear, intelligent, and much-needed. I'm delighted Frank Jude Boccio wrote this book. I now have something to recommend to my students."
Wendy Cook
"A wonderful and invaluable book!"
Tricycle
"Boccio reminds us to focus not just on the physical postures but also on what they teach us about the deepest truth of our lives. This is a welcome approach at a time when yoga is too often seems as just another way to get fit. ... The most erudite of the recent offerings."--
Publishers Weekly
This book by yoga teacher and mindfulness meditator Boccio offers a welcome and ambitious synthesis that is unevenly executed. Relating the Indian sage Patanjali's teachings on yoga to Buddhist teachings, the author invites practitioners of yoga and meditation to experience yoga's asanas, or poses, as occasions for mindfulness meditation. This relationship is both novel and logical. Buddhism grew from Hindu-yoga roots, and yoga, certainly as understood in America, could use a greater appreciation of its spiritual significance. Following a discussion of Buddhist teachings grounded on some central discourses (sutras) and heavily indebted to Vietnamese Zen monk Thich Nhat Hanh, who supplies a foreword, Boccio provides four sequences of poses. The sequences generally repeat poses but are intended to lead the student to new understandings of those poses, thus encouraging growth in the discipline of yoga. As can be the case with yoga texts, this one has problems with its pictures. When poses are given in sequence, the accompanying sequence of pictures can be hard to follow, because not all steps are illustrated. Also, the instructions are not always obvious ("lift your sitting bones up as you drape your torso over your legs"). Because this book tries to do so much, it's not for beginning yoga students or meditators, but those with established practices may benefit from seeing the postures in a surprising and more spiritual light. (Feb.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780861713356
Publisher:
Wisdom Publications MA
Publication date:
03/15/2004
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
320,567
Product dimensions:
8.48(w) x 9.86(h) x 0.99(d)

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From the Publisher
"EDITOR'S CHOICE! Boccio shows that Buddhist practice is itself a form of yoga, presenting a meditational approach to asana practice."—Yoga Journal

"A must-have for all mindfulness practitioners who also practice or teach yoga. "—The Mindfulness Bell

"The author invites practitioners of yoga and meditation to experience yoga's poses as occasions for mindulness meditation. This relationship is both novel and logical. .. A welcome and ambitious synthesis. "—Publishers Weekly

"I highly recommend this book...elegant, lucid, astonishingly comprehensive, thoroughly accessible, designed — refreshingly — for real human beings! Bravo!"—Stephen Cope, senior Kripalu Yoga teacher and author of Yoga and the Quest for the True Self

"It's about time somebody wrote this!"—Jon Kabat-Zinn, author of Wherever You Go, There You Are

"In Mindfulness Yoga, Frank Boccio inspires us to join those who have walked the integrated path of yoga and mindfulness with a true teacher's voice of clarity, compassion and common sense."—Cyndi Lee, author of OM Yoga and founder of OM Yoga Center

"A terrific book for both meditators and new yoga students. Highly recommended." —Josh Baran, author of 365 Nirvana Here and Now

"Clear, intelligent, and much-needed. I'm delighted Frank Jude Boccio wrote this book. I now have something to recommend to my students."—Larry Rosenberg, Founder of the Cambridge Insight Meditation Center and author of Breath by Breath

"A wonderful and invaluable book!"—Wendy Cook, Yeshe Yoga instructor and director of Kurukulla Center for Tibetan Buddhist Studies

"A book to be savored."—Martha Stoodley, Yoga Instructor

"Anyone seeking to live a richer and more awakened life will be served by this wise and gentle book."—Melissa Blacker, MA, co-director of Professional Training and Senior Teacher, Stress Reduction Program, Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care and Society, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, MA.

"Boccio persuasively argues that Buddhism IS yoga. His explanation of the Four Noble Truths is the best I have read, and his advice, in general, is sound and subtle. Mindfulness Yoga helped my practice."—Chronogram

"Boccio reminds us to focus not just on the physical postures but also on what they teach us about the deepest truth of our lives. This is a welcome approach at a time when yoga is too often seems as just another way to get fit. ... The most erudite of the recent offerings."—Tricycle

"Mindfulness Yoga, with its warm, accessible style, is the first good introduction to yoga from a Buddhist standpoint, seamlessly integrating the Buddha's teachings on the Four Foundations of Mindfulness with traditional asana yoga practice."—Branches of Light

"GRADE: A. A delightful introduction to the Buddhist spirituality which has enhanced yoga through the centuries. Boccio's lessons are clear, cogent and precise, and Mindfulness Yoga is a highly recommended guide to self-empowerment."—EDGE Boston

"Mindfulness Yoga is a great inspiration for any yoga practitioner."—Mountain Record: The Zen Practitioner's Journal

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