Misadventures of a Garden State Yogi: My Humble Quest to Heal My Colitis, Calm My ADD, and Find the Key to Happiness [NOOK Book]

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As a college freshman business major suffering from a variety of anxiety-related maladies, Brian Leaf stumbled into an elective: yoga. It was 1989. All his classmates were female. And men did not yet generally “cry, hug, or do yoga.” But yoga soothed and calmed Leaf as nothing else had. As his hilarious and wise tale shows, Leaf embarked on a quest for health and happiness — visiting yoga studios around the country and consulting Ayurvedic physicians, swamis, and even (accidentally) a prostitute. Twenty-one years...
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Misadventures of a Garden State Yogi: My Humble Quest to Heal My Colitis, Calm My ADD, and Find the Key to Happiness

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Overview

As a college freshman business major suffering from a variety of anxiety-related maladies, Brian Leaf stumbled into an elective: yoga. It was 1989. All his classmates were female. And men did not yet generally “cry, hug, or do yoga.” But yoga soothed and calmed Leaf as nothing else had. As his hilarious and wise tale shows, Leaf embarked on a quest for health and happiness — visiting yoga studios around the country and consulting Ayurvedic physicians, swamis, and even (accidentally) a prostitute. Twenty-one years later, he teaches yoga and meditation and is the beloved founder of a holistic tutoring center that helps students whose ailments he once shared.
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

“Leaf’s tale unfolds like a trail of delicious bread crumbs leading to the heart of yoga practice. Whether you choose to scarf them down mindlessly or savor every morsel is up to you. But definitely take time to savor Leaf's brilliant self-inquiry.”
Yoga Journal

“Throughout this entertaining and enlightening memoir, Leaf demonstrates that he is a yogi with a great sense of humor....[His] joyful embrace of life is contagious.”
Booklist

“Leaf examines every situation with a fearless and trenchant wit, placing each in the context of his search for better health and happiness in part through yoga.”
Yoga International

“From its first hilariously humiliating image to its closing words of grace, Brian Leaf’s memoir is an unfolding miracle.”
Rebecca Pepper Sinkler, former editor of The New York Times Book Review

“[Brian Leaf] writes in an utterly winning voice — by turns as neurotic as Woody Allen, as irreverent as Huck Finn, and as serious as Jack Kerouac. It’s a fun romp — and much, much more.”
Stephen Cope, director of the Kripalu Institute for Extraordinary Living and author of Yoga and the Quest for the True Self

“Brian Leaf clearly spent his formative years seated before masters like Obi Wan Kenobi and Seinfeld. Misadventures of a Garden State Yogi follows the path of yoga wherever it leads, from the sublimely ridiculous to the ridiculously sublime. It is ultimately a heartfelt testament to yoga’s power to heal body, mind, and spirit.”
Timothy McCall, MD, author of Yoga as Medicine and medical editor of Yoga Journal

“Brian’s writing is funny and accessible and clearly reflects his personality and life experience. Check it out!”
Noah Levine, author of Dharma Punx

“This awesome book made me laugh out loud. I kept thinking, it’s high time that a man told his Eat, Pray, Love story.”
Desirée Rumbaugh, creator of the Yoga to the Rescue DVD series

“Brian Leaf is like the Bill Cosby of yoga — recounting common emotions and situations on a yogi’s path in a way that makes you laugh with acknowledgment. His story is so graphic, I felt like I was practically holding his hand!”
Kathryn Budig, author of The Women’s Health Big Book of Yoga

“Brian Leaf’s charming and engaging account of his yogic journey is sure to strike a chord with readers who are embarking on their own adventures toward health and self-discovery.”
Leslie Kaminoff, coauthor of Yoga Anatomy

Yoga Journal
Leaf's tale unfolds like a trail of delicious bread crumbs leading to the heart of yoga practice. Whether you choose to scarf them down mindlessly or savor every morsel is up to you. But definitely take time to savor Leaf's brilliant self-inquiry.
Booklist
Throughout this entertaining and enlightening memoir, Leaf demonstrates that he is a yogi with a great sense of humor....[His] joyful embrace of life is contagious.
Library Journal
In 1989, not many people—especially men—did yoga, but Leaf (McGraw-Hill's Top 50 Skills for a Top Score) didn't let that stop him from taking a yoga class as an elective in his freshman year of college. Almost immediately, he became a yoga zealot. After a lifetime of stress, anxiety, and colitis, the deep relaxation that yoga provides was a welcome relief. This memoir follows Leaf as he explores yoga and various related practices including Ayurveda, meditation, energy healing, and more. The numerous pop culture references (e.g., a comparison of his first yoga teacher's beard to Zach Galifianakis's in The Hangover; a cathartic shouting scene referencing Cameron in Ferris Bueller's Day Off) set his story firmly in the 1990s through the present. He focuses on the humor of his experiences, often revealing embarrassing details, but he also offers advice at the end of most chapters. Several appendixes explain the basics of yoga and meditation. VERDICT Anyone with an interest in transformational memoirs and open to New Age ideas will gravitate to this story.—Mindy Rhiger, Mackin Educational Resources, Minneapolis
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781608681372
  • Publisher: New World Library
  • Publication date: 10/19/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 264
  • Sales rank: 275,402
  • File size: 951 KB

Meet the Author

Brian Leaf, MA, is the director of the New Leaf Learning Center, a holistic tutoring center in Massachusetts. In his work helping students manage ADD and overcome phobias concerning standardized tests and math, Brian draws upon twenty-one years of intensive study, practice, and teaching of yoga, meditation, and holistic health. He is certified by the New England Institute of Ayurvedic Medicine and holds licenses or certifications as a yoga teacher, massage therapist, energy worker, and holistic educator. He also incorporates Bach Flower Essences, craniosacral therapy, Reiki, shiatsu, and tai chi into his work.

Brian is the author of eleven books, including Name That Movie! and McGraw-Hill’s Top 50 Skills for a Top Score. His books have been featured on the CW, MTV.com, Fox News, and Kripalu.org.

Brian lives in western Massachusetts with his wife and two sons. His website is Misadventures-of-a-Yogi.com.
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Table of Contents

Preface: The Rolling Incident xiii

Book 1 Turning on

Chapter 1 Moooola Bannnda 3

Chapter 2 Six-Packs 9

Chapter 3 Chicken Sandwiches 15

Chapter 4 Belly Down 19

Chapter 5 O'Malley's Mushroom Caps 31

Chapter 6 Kripalu Yoga 37

Book 2 Touring

Chapter 7 Tea with Oskar 45

Chapter 8 Fearless, Honest, Relaxed 49

Chapter 9 Ruby's 53

Chapter 10 Jerry Garcia 63

Chapter 11 Flatulence 71

Chapter 12 The Yamas and Niyamas 75

Chapter 13 Jemez 81

Chapter 14 White Sands 87

Chapter 15 Sedona, Arizona 99

Chapter 16 Belting Out the Bhagavad Gita 103

Chapter 17 San Francisco 111

Chapter 18 Ayurveda Revisited 117

Book 3 Training

Chapter 19 Cotton Swabs 123

Chapter 20 5:25 AM 133

Chapter 21 Catharsis 137

Chapter 22 Mom and Dad's 143

Chapter 23 What Would Joshua Do? 147

Chapter 24 ADD 153

Chapter 25 Shaktipat 163

Chapter 26 Urine Therapy Virgin 167

Chapter 27 Silence 177

Chapter 28 My Anger Mattress 181

Chapter 29 SLP 191

Chapter 30 Becoming Most Real 201

Chapter 31 What Now? 211

Epilogue: Most Real 215

Author's Note 219

Acknowledgments 221

Appendix 1 Sample Yoga Practice 223

Appendix 2 Sun Salutation 227

Appendix 3 Meditation 229

Appendix 4 Colistening 233

Appendix 5 Guided Relaxation 235

Appendix 6 Ayurvedic Constitutional Survey 237

Appendix 7 Ayurvedic Recommendations 241

About the Author 243

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    There are few books that I wish would not end.  This is one of t

    There are few books that I wish would not end.  This is one of them!  Brian Leaf has a very readable style of writing.  So much of his story resonates with me and my struggles.   I will return to this book as a reminder  of how to &quot;be real&quot;  with myself  and others.   

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