We’re starting a Yoga Book Club, and you’re invited!
As a simple way to come together, get to know each other better, and reflect a bit on our yoga practice and life, we’re starting a yoga book club. We’ll read books from a variety of perspectives, from wise memoirs, to irreverent accounts of yoga and life, to thought-provoking reads on faith or spirituality. Some may be more directly about yoga others less related but still great books.
Times and days: 12/13, 1/10, and 1/24. Time: 7:40-8:40pm, after Amy Reed’s class!
Details: this is a stress-free book club! : ) You can come having read all or none of the book. You can come to all or some of the sessions. Each session will focus on half of the chosen book, so we’ll start a new book every two sessions. The book club is free and will be facilitated by Emily Kerr-Finell, one of our Yoga House community members, and a lover of yoga and books. Tea will be provided, and even a baked good from time to time.
About the first book:
The Book of Joy, by the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu
In April 2015, Archbishop Tutu traveled to the Dalai Lama’s home in Dharamsala, India, to celebrate His Holiness’s eightieth birthday. They spent a week together, trading intimate stories, teasing each other continually, and sharing their spiritual practices. In this book, we listen in on their time together, as they share how to live a life brimming with joy, despite our hardships. “This sparkling, wise, and immediately useful gift to readers from two remarkable spiritual masters offers hope that joy is possible for everyone even in the most difficult circumstances, and describes a clear path for attaining it.” —Publishers Weekly
Where to find it: Find at one of our local bookshops, on Amazon (http://a.co/7KNvIeZ), or at the Mid-Hudson Library System (https://goo.gl/PPe7cn).
Book Club Schedule and Books:
January 10th and 24th – Autobiography of a Yogi, by Paramahansa Yogananda
About the book: Autobiography of a Yogi is at once a beautifully written account of an exceptional life and a profound introduction to the ancient science of Yoga and its time-honored tradition of meditation. Profoundly inspiring and warmly humorous, the author tells the chronicle of his life: the experiences of his remarkable childhood, encounters with many saints and sages, ten years of training in the hermitage of a revered yoga master, and the thirty years that he lived and taught in America. Selected as “One of the 100 Best Spiritual Books of the Twentieth Century.” Fun fact: Steve Jobs read it as a teenager and then every year of his life. At his funeral, each person received a small brown box. In it: Autobiography of a Yogi.
Where to find it: Find at one of our local bookshops, on Amazon (http://a.co/8VTuhm6), or at the Mid-Hudson Library System (https://goo.gl/HWmQ7n).
February – skipping February
March 14 – In The Shelter by Padraig O Tuama
About the book: Drawing on this Irish saying, poet, storyteller and theologian Padraig O Tuama relates ideas of shelter and welcome to journeys of life, using poetry, story, biblical reflection and prose to open up gentle ways of living well in a troubled world.
Where to find it: Find at one of our local bookshops, on Amazon (http://a.co/7M6NDpw).
April 11th – Yoga and The Quest for the True Self by Stephen Cope
About the book: Millions of Americans know yoga as a superb form of exercise and as a potent source of calm in our stress-filled lives. Far fewer are aware of the full promise of yoga as a 4,000-year-old practical path of liberation. Now Stephen Cope, a Western-trained psychotherapist, offers this marvelously lively and irreverent “pilgrim’s progress” for today’s world. He demystifies the philosophy, psychology, and practice of yoga, and shows how it applies to our most human dilemmas: from loss, disappointment, and addiction, to the eternal conflicts around sex and relationship.
Where to find it: Find at one of our local bookshops, on Amazon (http://a.co/8EEYDLH), or at the Mid-Hudson Library System (https://goo.gl/u12FBN).
May 9th – The Sabbath World by Judith Shulevitz
About the book: What is the Sabbath, anyway? The holy day of rest? The first effort to protect the rights of workers? A smart way to manage stress in a world in which computers never get turned off and work never comes to an end? Or simply an oppressive, outmoded rite? In The Sabbath World, Judith Shulevitz explores the Jewish and Christian day of rest, from its origins in the ancient world to its complicated observance in the modern one. Braiding ideas together with memories, Shulevitz delves into the legends, history, and philosophy that have grown up around a custom that has lessons for all of us, not just the religious.
Where to find it: Find at one of our local bookshops, on Amazon (http://a.co/4K7NtBK), or at the Mid-Hudson Library System (https://goo.gl/UX2YUP).
June 13th – Becoming Wise by Krista Tippett
About the book: In Becoming Wise, Krista Tippett has created a master class in living for a fractured world. Fracture, she says, is not the whole story of our time. The enduring question of what it means to be human has become inextricable from the challenge of who we are to one another. She insists on the possibility of personal depth and common life for this century, nurtured by science and “spiritual technologies,” with civility and love as muscular public practice. And, accompanied by a cross-disciplinary dream team of a teaching faculty, she shows us how.