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Bringing Yoga to Life [Kindle Edition]

Donna Farhi
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Book Description

Internationally renowned and bestselling author Donna Farhi moves yoga practice beyond the mat into our everyday lives, restoring the tradition's intended function as 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 routine 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.



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“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)

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.


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46 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How to live life as a yogi 22 Sept. 2004
Format:Hardcover
Donna again uses her simple and down to earth style, this time focusing on the spiritual side of yoga. Unlike her previous book based mostly on asana and breathing, this book is devoted to living your life and philosophy. Based in places on Patanjali's sutras, but with influence also drawn from the Gita and Upanishads, Donna guides us through the yogic principles in a refreshingly down to earth guide.
If you are a student interested in finding out more about yoga philosophy, or a teacher looking for a deeper understanding, this is the book for you. It is also a fantastic teaching aid and helps make philosophy more accesible and less "out-there" for students who may be put off by the classic texts.
I can thoroughly recommend this book to all yogis!
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bringing Yoga to Life 29 Mar. 2009
Format:Paperback
Donna Farhi is not only a true yogi but also a gifted writer. She leads us gently by the hand showing us the more spiritual side of yoga teachers often glance over.
A very positive and uplifting book by an intellegnt and greatly respected teacher.
Buy it!
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bringing Yoga to life (Ashtanga & Spiritual) 24 Nov. 2004
Format:Hardcover
This book is one of the most influential, enligtening and worthwhile books I have read, as good for a non yogi as it is a yogi.
The insights and easy reading style, along with nice tone and friendly atmosphere make this book an essential read for anyone.
Each point is made clearly and with very good examples, which bring more clarity. Its a book you will want and probably need to read a few times, and certainly one that will be good as a starting book to research further into the Yoga Sutras, Buddism and spirituality.
I could go on, but to be honest, just buy the book, and be glad you did.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 21 Jan. 2011
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Format:Paperback
Being a good yoga teacher is one thing. Being able to write about yoga in a passionate, informative and intelligent way is something different. Unfortunately I don't know Donna Farhi as a yoga teacher. This book is my first encounter with her. And a very fortunate one, as far as I am concerned. For me she is definitely a great writer. Her book is so well written, a mixture of deep insights, yoga history, relevant quotes, identifiable anecdotes and... HUMOUR. This book confirmed to me something that I already started to be aware of: that I was doing yoga more or less as ' doing exercise with Sanskrit names' . More like an escape from my life than as an endeavour to feel more alive. Somehow I have always had some kind of reluctance to go further into the yoga philosophy before, into all these' ' vagueness'. This book is an eye opener for me and a good read as well.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent 10 Jan. 2011
By Jo
Format:Paperback
This is not a "self help" book but the best "guide" for living a happier more fulfilled life I have ever come across. It puts the responsibility squarely back into your own hands in a very encouraging common sense way. I recommend it highly even if yoga is not your thing. Great book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bringing yoga to life 27 May 2010
Format:Paperback
I really enjoyed this book and will read again and again. It really brings the ancient philosophies of yoga into the context of our lives in modern times. I had read Patanjali's 'how to know God' during my yoga foundation course and continue to refer to it. This book is an excellent accompaniment to that and an inspiration for trying to discipline yourself to practise at home. I would wholeheartedly recommend.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 12 Dec. 2013
Format:Paperback
This is one of my favorite books about how to bring the teachings of yoga into your life and be a better and happier person. Well-written and inspiring. I hardly ever review books on amazon but this one is so special that I felt I had to. I teach yoga too and often use this book to theme my classes. I have shelves full of yoga books and this is definitely one I come back to the most. I wish Donna Farhi would come to Europe and do some workshops, she is fantastic. Her book shows yoga is not about perfect postures, but about how you live your life.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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A beautifully written book that has enhanced and nourished my thinking, being and practice. Donna has drawn on a wealth of personal experience and shed light onto the challenges, pitfalls and dilemmas that many of us bring to the mat and beyond. I can say without hesitation that having read this book, I have moved from 'dipping my toe into the water' and occasional practice (1 or 2 half hour practice sessions per week), to partial submersion (6 practice sessions 1 hour plus per week). An inspiration, thank you Donna.
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Published 2 months ago by Gillian Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars Clear and simple guide to yoga
I bought this book to get a better understanding of the philosophy of yoga. I'm not sure it's given me that but I do like it a lot and will read it again.
Published 3 months ago by bedtimereader
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Brilliantly written book. Impartial to any religion but very spiritual and practical.
Published 3 months ago by rebecca webb
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Exactly as stated
Published 4 months ago by nelliemeeks
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Book
Brilliant book, inspiring, full of wisdom to help us bring Yoga into our daily lives. Admired and appreciated the author's authenticity in recounting lots of own thoughts, feelings... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Clive
5.0 out of 5 stars What I have read so far is good. The author appears to be very human...
What I have read so far is good. The author appears to be very human and understanding but at the same explains the importance of the practice very well.
Published 6 months ago by Mrs J. Farmer
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My yoga bible
Published 7 months ago by dasha
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Purchased for my Adult Daughter, who s happy with the contents
Published 8 months ago by John Pearson
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to understand and with thought-provoking insight into how Yoga...
A fascinating book. Easy to understand and with thought-provoking insight into how Yoga relates to everyday living.
Published 9 months ago by Traveller
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Gorgeous book xx
Published 9 months ago by Dakima Grace
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