Lit from Within: Yoga, Teachings, and Practices to Illuminate Our Inner Lives

Lit from Within: Yoga, Teachings, and Practices to Illuminate Our Inner Lives

by Sarah Powers
Lit from Within: Yoga, Teachings, and Practices to Illuminate Our Inner Lives

Lit from Within: Yoga, Teachings, and Practices to Illuminate Our Inner Lives

by Sarah Powers


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Build an integrated, deeply personal practice to cultivate transformation, self-trust, and awakening with insights and techniques from beloved teacher Sarah Powers.

More than just physical poses on a mat, yoga can be a profound path of self-realization. Lit from Within encourages readers to pursue yoga in its fullness, examining conscious and unconscious habits, connecting to our inner landscapes, and freeing us to relate to ourselves and our world with a sacred outlook.

Sarah Powers helps readers relate to five levels of our human experience—physical, energetic, emotional, mental, and interpersonal. Each section offers an opportunity for self-inquiry and practices to fuel our growth, including yin yoga, meditation, emotional intelligence exercises like creating connection with an inner critic, and interpersonal dynamics drawn from the Internal Family Systems approach. Learning to recognize, reflect on, and at times re-direct these different levels of experience adds a vital dimension to the practice. The book draws on Sarah's many years of practice and teaching, influenced by the rich tapestries of yin yoga, Buddhism, Taoism, and psychology.

In these challenging times, Lit from Within offers a path to health, wholeness, and connection—from the inside out.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781611808506
Publisher: Shambhala
Publication date: 11/16/2021
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 445,171
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

SARAH POWERS is the founder and author of Insight Yoga, which brings together the insights and practices of yoga (yin and yang), Buddhism, Taoism, and transpersonal psychology into an integral practice to discover and enliven the body, heart, and mind. Sarah began teaching in 1987 and leads training workshops around the world. Sarah has completed level 3 of Family Systems Therapy training and has been a student of transpersonal psychology for more than 30 years. She also draws from her in-depth training in the Vipassana, Tantric, and Dzogchen practices of Buddhism.

Table of Contents

Practice List ix

Preface xi

Introduction xiii

Part 1 The Physical Body 1

1 The Tunnel of Health: Gastrointestinal Wellness 3

2 Five Organ Pairs and Yin Yoga Practices 12

Part 2 The Energy Body 89

3 Anatomy of the Subtle Body 91

4 The Three Centers: Belly, Heart, and Head 103

5 The Taoist Map 113

Part 3 The Emotional Body 125

6 Many Parts, One Self 127

7 Working with Our Inner Critic 137

8 Getting to Know Our Parts 152

Part 4 The Mental Body 159

9 The Buddhadharma View 161

10 The Four Noble Truths: Four Inescapable Realities 174

Part 5 The Interpersonal Realm 195

11 Knowing Ourselves, Knowing Others 197

12 The Anatomy of Interpersonal Safety 201


Benefits of an Integral Practice 213

Acknowledgments 226

Appendix 228

Ten Suggestions for Living with Awareness 228

Five Steps to Engage with Yogic Breathing 231

When to Avoid Inversions 231

Resources for Gut Health 232

Selected Bibliography 234

Index 236

About the Author 255

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