An accessible introduction to an embodied spiritual practice for anyone seeking profound and lasting self-transformation.
"Mussar practice aims to help us become more whole in our lives. It is focused on helping us move from partialness or even brokenness toward wholeness. Yoga embodies a similar concept.... By marrying Mussar practice and yoga practice, this book opens a new pathway to developing greater wholeness.... The wholeness that comes of our efforts in turn affects both body and soul, and we experience the fruit of our efforts in the form of inner peace."from the Foreword
In this clear and easy-to-use introduction to Mussar Yogaa blending of Jewish and Eastern spiritual practicesyou will learn how to explore the physical dimension of ethical behaviors and attitudes such as humility, generosity, enthusiasm and gratitude through yoga poses and the yogic practice of breath work. Intended for the novice as well as the yoga expert, and for people of all faiths, each exercise is accompanied by step-by-step instructions, helpful photographs, mantras and journaling exercises.
With practice, Mussar Yoga can help free you from bad habits and self-destructive behavior, increase your capacity for compassion and acts of goodness, and help you develop a more fulfilling, meaningful life.
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About the Author
Edith R. Brotman, PHD, RYT-500, an experienced educator and highly trained yoga teacher, is passionate about finding, creating and sharing meaningful spiritual connections in Judaism. Founder of Kavvanah/Mussar Yoga, she shares her belief in the transformative power of yoga in all spheres of lifephysical, mental and spiritualthrough her popular embodied Jewish learning workshops and retreats. She is a graduate of the Wexner Heritage Leadership Program for Jewish lay leaders and a recipient of the Dorbrecht Grant for Judaic Yoga. She was named one of Baltimore's favorite yoga teachers in Baltimore Magazine's "Best in Baltimore."
Alan Morinis is the founder and dean of the Mussar Institute. A leading contemporary interpreter of Mussar teachings and practices, he is the author of Climbing Jacob's Ladder: One Man's Journey to Rediscover a Jewish Spiritual Tradition, Everyday Holiness: The Jewish Spiritual Path of Mussar, and other books.
Table of Contents
Foreword ixAcknowledgments xiA Note to the Reader xiii
Introduction Mussar and Yoga: A Brief History • Why Combine Mussar and Yoga?• Is the Mussar Yoga Path for You?
How to Practice Mussar Yoga 9Awareness: How Do You Measure Up? • Accountability: FromAwareness to Action • Getting Started • The Fundamentals of YogaPoses: Easy Pose • Mountain Pose • Forward Fold • DownwardFacing Dog • Warrior II
1 Truth 25Why We Lie • To Thy Own Self Be True• Be True to Others: Six GuidelinesPoses: Mountain • CamelMeditation: Ten-Minute Mindfulness Meditation
2 Courage 37Play Your Edge • The Contagion of Courage• Courage versus RecklessnessPoses: Triangle • Handstand • CrowBreathwork: Lion's Breath
3 Humility 49The Challenge of Ego • Balancing Ego • Managing EgoPoses: Warrior I • Humble Warrior • Half Moon • Headstand
4 Order 63Creating Order Is Spiritual Work • The Beauty of ChaosPoses: Side Plank • Flipped DogBreathwork: Alternate Nostril Breathing
5 Nonjudgment 73Honoring Others, Honoring Ourself • Finding BalancePoses: Eagle • Warrior III • Seated Forward Bend
6 Zeal 85Your Patterns of Energy • Obstacles to Living with Zeal• Staying InspiredPoses: High Push-up (Plank)/Low Push-up • Warrior IIBreathwork: Breath of Joy
7 Simplicity 95Six Ways to Simplify Your Life • Finding Balance with SimplicityPoses: Revolved Lunge • Half (King) Pigeon • Corpse PoseBreathwork: Skull Brightening Breath
8 Equanimity 109Put Yourself in a Storm • Be the Inner Witness • Stay withEquanimity • Equanimity for Ourself and Others • Ups and DownsPoses: Chair • Bound Extended Side Angle • Reverse WarriorBreathwork: Victorious Breath
9 Generosity 123More Than Money • The Abundance Cycle• Widening the Circle of Giving • Letting Others GivePoses: Boat • Partner BackbendsBreathwork: Breath Retention
10 Silence 133Silence Is Golden • Silence and ConflictPoses: Upward Facing Dog • Tree • Supine Twist
11 Gratitude 143Gratitude as Perspective • Gratitude and Impermanence• Gratitude for Life's Challenges • Gratitude and Memory• Gratitude as Domestic Currency • Environmentalism asGratitude • Blessings PracticePoses: Downward Facing Dog • Child's • Bridge
12 Loving-Kindness and Compassion 155Finding Oneness in the Midst of Differences• Loving-Kindness: A Two-Step Approach• Compassion: Responding with Understanding and ActionPoses: Pyramid • LocustMeditation: Loving-Kindness (Metta)
13 Trust 167Limits on Human Control • How to Surrender• The Lightness of Letting GoPoses: Forward Fold • Seated Twist • Frog
Conclusion 179Begin Again • Creating a Mussar Yoga Practice Group
Notes 184Glossary 188Resources 190