Synopses & Reviews
Counter to the plethora of seven-step solutions and quick-fix formulas offered by so many contemporary self-help guides, the ancient science of Yoga does not pretend to be simple, quick, or easy. It is a practice that takes into account the very messy and often complex phenomenon of what we call a human being and the equally challenging task of everyday living. What Yoga does promise, however, is that through sincere, skillful, and consistent practice, anyone can become peaceful, happy, and free.
-- Donna Farhi
In this groundbreaking work, internationally acclaimed teacher Donna Farhi restores Yoga's traditional role as a complete, practical philosophy for everyday living. Most Yoga practice focuses on the physical aspects, or asanas, neglecting the profound spiritual teachings that are its foundation. In this beautifully written, encouraging, and down-to-earth guide, Farhi provides a blueprint for understanding the complete philosophy of Yoga. For beginners and seasoned practitioners alike, Bringing Yoga to Life offers the tools to help us navigate the ups and downs of a spiritual practice, illustrating how we can become our own teacher and obtain the deep rewards available through engagement with an authentic path. Brimming with insight gathered from over twenty years of teaching experience, this lyrical exploration of the heart of Yoga is essential for anyone who practices this ancient tradition.
“Practitioners the world around will be grateful to have this book.” Stephen Cope, Senior Scholar in Residence, Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health and author of Yoga and the Quest for the True Self
“Farhi presents in clear and imminently practical terms how we can live our yoga right now.” Judith Hanson Lasater, Ph.D., PT, author of 30 Essential Yoga Poses
“An intelligent work, a fun, interesting read, and a timely inspiration. Savor what Donna offers here.” Erich Schiffmann, author of YOGA: The Spirit and Practice of Moving into Stillness
“Her wise and eloquent discourse... has illuminated the yoga tradition for the 21st century.” Yoga Journal
Farhi, the internationally renowned yoga teacher, moves yoga practice beyond the mat and into everyday life.
Internationally renowned and bestselling author Donna Farhi moves yoga practice beyond the mat into our everyday lives, restoring the tradition's intended functionas a complete practical philosophy for daily living.
Expanding upon the teachings of Patanjali's Yoga Sutras, the core text of the yoga tradition, Donna Farhi describes yoga's transforming power as a complete life practice, far beyond its common reduction to mere exercise or stress management. This is the philosophy of yoga as a path to a deeper awareness of self. Drawing upon her years of teaching with students, Farhi guides readers through all the pitfalls and promises of navigating a spiritual practice.
Farhi's engaging and accessible style and broad experience offer important teachings for newcomers and seasoned practitioners of yoga alike. And because her teachings of yoga philosophy extend into every corner of daily life, this book is an equally accessible guide to those seeking spiritual guidance without learning the pretzel bendings of the physical practice itself. As one of the top teachers worldwide, Farhi's exploration of the core philosophy of yoga is destined to become an instant classic.
About the Author
Internationally renowned and bestselling author Donna Farhi moves yoga practice beyond the mat into our everyday lives, teaching us the tools to fight the weight of laziness, inaction, and misplaced attention, to rediscover the true values of our lives, and those parts of living that most deserve our attention and will reap the healthiest benefits. Moving away from trivial pursuits and petty grievances, we can find a connection to our inner divinity, creating a life where every moment is precious.