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Author Kurt Koontz freely admits that he is not wholly guided by his spirit when he first begins to dabble in yoga. An outdoor adventurer, he enjoys the challenging physicality of the exercise, which leads him to try several different types of yoga, seeking both fitness and female company. However, when a friend from afar encourages Kurt to seek new adventures in Rishikesh, India, the self-professed "Yoga Capital of the World," Kurt feels called to the city and its yoga studios. In Practice, his newest memoir, Kurt guides readers through his three journeys to India in vivid, poignant detail. With unfailing honesty and humor, Kurt treats his readers to the visual and cultural richness of Rishikesh. Aware of his great fortune in visiting such a beautiful city, Kurt shares his unbound admiration for his new surroundings, and not only for the lush foothills of the Himalayas and the sacred River Ganges, but also for the many families who welcome him. Soon, that welcome extends into the yoga world, where Kurt finds a studio and teacher who will entirely transform his conception of yoga. Practice is a spiritual exploration grounded in the modern world that speaks not just to yogis and travelers, but to all adventurers, to all who strive to expand their own wisdom and compassion through soul-deep introspection.
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About the Author
Kurt Koontz has always been an adventurer. He learned to love the outdoors growing up in Boise, Idaho. After a successful career in sales, he retired early to seek new meaning in life. He gave back to his community, but also yearned to learn more about the world and himself. In 2012, this spiritual yearning found him on El Camino de Santiago de Compostela in Spain. This long, transformative journey on foot inspired Kurt to write his first book, A Million Steps, a memoir that enabled Kurt to forge friends and connections around the world. One of those friends led Kurt to Rishikesh, India, where he then embarked upon a serious study of yoga as a physical and spiritual practice. In Practice, Kurt recounts his most recent adventures.