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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.
|Publisher:||North Atlantic Books|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)|
About 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 (yogamonth.org), and is the star of five yoga DVDs. She lives in Santa Monica, CA.
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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.
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