Whether we are seasoned yogis and yoginis or just stepping foot into the world of yoga, connecting to a practice that is 5,000 years old is as relevant today as it was back then.
Yoga is the perfect combination for inner balance. It can strengthen your mind and body simultaneously, build vitality and tone in a way like no other can. It can also enlighten and build your spiritual self, taking you to a new depth that coincides with your deepest self.
Renowned yoga teacher, musician and author Wade Imre Morissette has captured these ideals in his new book Transformative Yoga: The Five Keys to Unlocking Inner Bliss. He reveals the key steps in the transformative process that correlate with the yoga tradition, bringing together a combination of posture sequences and ideas for beginner to advanced students.
These ideas are built upon daily rituals for energy, stress and inner bliss, all contained in an easy-to-read way to increase your own joy and livability.
The book begins with a short mantra: “Yoga heals emotions … by encouraging an emotional intelligence that helps with facing pain, sorrow, suffering, and loss. Yoga is truly transformative on every level.” By combining the body and mind, he tells us, we can enlighten ourselves to this transformative experience.
First, however, we must awaken this inner bliss by accessing our five koshas, also known as layers of energy. These include physicality, energy, meditation, awareness and profound inner peace. Once successful, we’ll experience our “true essence” or ATMAN.
This inner bliss journey begins with a five minute candle gaze, which calms our nervous system and cleanses the eyes. Next comes the nasal cleanse, essentially making use of a neti pot.
Following our nasals are our breathing exercises, including uplifting and calming breaths, both meant to cleanse the nervous system and lessen mental tension. Then the basic sequences of postures (asanas) can ensue.
The photograph-rich book contains many postures that are familiar to those who practice yoga, but also displayed in a clear manner for those just starting their practice. Clear instructions will get you through the many twists, balances, bends and other postures, all with Sanskrit terms to accompany the karma.
It follows the yoga sequences detailing meditation procedures, the accumulation of completely calming the mind, body and soul.
This book is an excellent source for anyone interested in yoga – whether they are just stepping onto the mat or leading their daily class.
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