Mindfulness Yoga: The Awakened Union of Breath, Body, and Mind [NOOK Book]

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Whether you have no background in meditation or yoga or have been practicing for years, Mindfulness Yoga is for you. This groundbreaking book introduces an entirely new form of yoga, Mindfulness Yoga, which seamlessly integrates the Buddha's teachings on the Four Foundations of Mindfulness with traditional asana yoga practice.

Mindfulness Yoga emphasizes the spiritual side of yoga practice, an aspect often overlooked in a culture that tends to...
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Mindfulness Yoga: The Awakened Union of Breath, Body, and Mind

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Overview

Whether you have no background in meditation or yoga or have been practicing for years, Mindfulness Yoga is for you. This groundbreaking book introduces an entirely new form of yoga, Mindfulness Yoga, which seamlessly integrates the Buddha's teachings on the Four Foundations of Mindfulness with traditional asana yoga practice.

Mindfulness Yoga emphasizes the spiritual side of yoga practice, an aspect often overlooked in a culture that tends to fixate solely on the physical benefits of yoga. Unlike any other Buddhism-meets-yoga book, Mindfulness Yoga presents the two disciplines as a single practice that brings health to the body and liberates the mind and spirit, awakening compassion and fostering equanimity and joy. Mindfulness Yoga will appeal to the many people who have an interest in yoga, Buddhism, and meditation, but who may not have been able to find a teacher who could bring these practices together in a meaningful, practical way.

In the first part of the book, author Frank Jude Boccio offers a superb and lively introduction to the Buddha's teachings and locates them within the larger context of the Indian spiritual traditions. Then, in the second half of the book, Boccio offers three complete Mindfulness Yoga sequences, including over 100 pictures, with detailed guidance for body, breath, and mind. Special lay-flat binding makes this book even more useful as a practice aid.
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Editorial Reviews

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: 9780861719754
  • Publisher: Wisdom Publications MA
  • Publication date: 6/10/2005
  • Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 254,005
  • File size: 6 MB

Meet the Author

Frank Jude Boccio, an interfaith minister, integrates the practice and philosophy of yoga, Buddhism, and Ayurveda. He is a certified yoga teacher/therapist through the Bateman Institute on New York City.

Georg Feuerstein is the author of many books about the theory and practice of Yoga, including The Yoga Tradition.
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Table of Contents

Foreword ix
Acknowledgments xiv
How to Use This Book xviii
Some Words about the Asanas xix
A Word about Words xxi
Introduction 1
Part 1 Putting It in Context
Chapter 1 The Buddha's Yoga 13
Chapter 2 The Yoga Practice of the Four Noble Truths 25
Chapter 3 The Eightfold Paths 33
Part 2 Cultivating Mindfulness: Remembering the Present
Chapter 4 What Is Mindfulness? 57
Chapter 5 Beginning Mindfulness Meditation 67
Chapter 6 An Introduction to the Sutras 77
Part 3 The Practice of Mindfulness Yoga
Chapter 7 Body as Body 85
Mindfulness Yoga: Sequence One 93
Chapter 8 Feelings as Feelings 137
Mindfulness Yoga: Sequence Two 145
Chapter 9 Mindfully Aware of the Mind 187
Mindfulness Yoga: Sequence Three 200
Chapter 10 Awareness of Objects of Mind: Dharmas in the Dharmas 251
Mindfulness Yoga: Sequence Four 263
Appendix A The Seven Factors of Awakening 309
Appendix B Text of Sutra on the Full Awareness of Breathing 314
Appendix C Establishing Your Seat: Seated Postures for Meditation 321
Appendix D Alphabetical List of Poses 324
Notes 326
Suggested Resources 330
Index 335
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