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A longtime yoga teacher and Buddhist meditation practitioner, Charlotte Bell describes in passionate detail how she applied the eightfold path of the Yoga Sutras and the Buddha’s heed for mindfulness to her hectic Western life. The path is often rough; she writes of self-doubt and struggles, of trying too hard and discouragement, and of learning to accept the life she has—imperfections and all. But with grace and guts, she navigates the eight limbs of yoga, using the Yoga Sutras and insight meditation as her compass. She shows each limb at work in her relationships, music, asana, meditation, and even in writing this book. Her discussion of each limb includes practical ways that readers can bring mindfulness into asana itself, and in a section called "Reflections," Bell encourages readers to experience even the most ordinary activity as extraordinary, whether it’s washing dishes, making tea, or rolling out their yoga mat.
|Publisher:||Shambhala Publications, Inc.|
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About the Author
Charlotte Bell began practicing yoga in 1982 and began teaching in 1986. Following a 1989 trip to Pune, India, she recieved teacher certification from B. K. S. Iyengar. She blends the practice of yoga with Insight Meditation. A lifelong musician, she plays oboe and English horn with the Salt Lake Symphony and performs with Scherzando Winds, blue haiku, and Red Rock Rondo. She lives in Salt Lake City. For information about her yoga classes and workshops, visit www.charlottebellyoga.com.
Table of Contents
Foreword Donna Farhi xi
Introduction: Stepping onto the Path 1
What is Yoga?
Yoga: The Settling of the Mind 13
The Flowering of Mindfulness: Five Benefits of Mindful Living 24
The Path of Practice: Making Practice Your Art 35
Right Effort: Not Too Tight, Not Too Loose 40
Walking your Path
The Eight Limbs of Yoga: A Roadmap to Freedom 49
The First Limb: Yama: Living in Harmony with All Beings 54
Ahimsa: Dynamic Peacefulness 59
Satya: Impeccable Truthfulness 67
Asteya: Practicing Abundance 74
Brahmacharya: Caring for Our Creative Energy 79
Aparigraha: The Freedom of Letting Go 85
The Second Limb: Niyama: Conscious Everyday Living 90
Saucha: Cultivating Purity 94
Santosha: Awakening Contentment 99
Tapas: The Self-Generating Power of Discipline 103
Svadhyaya: Refining Wisdom 109
Ishvarapranidhana: Surrendering to Grace 113
The Third Limb: Asana: Abiding in Ease 117
The Fourth Limb: Pranayama: Expanding Life Force 126
The Fifth Limb: Pratyahara: Detaching from the Senses 136
The Sixth Limb: Dharana: Collecting the Mind 145
The Seventh Limb: Dhyana: Witnessing Presence 152
The Eighth Limb: Samadhi: Entering the Timeless 160
Afterword: No Expectations: You Can't Always Get What You Want 165
From the Publisher 171
About the Author 172