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Moving into Meditation: A 12-Week…

Moving into Meditation: A 12-Week Mindfulness Program for Yoga…

by Anne Cushman

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Moving Into Meditation by Anne Cushman
An e-advance copy of this book was made available by Shambhala Publications and NetGalley.com.

Anne Cushman merges the latest wave of interest in yoga fitness with the peaceful sense of self found in a deep meditation practice. She has written a cogent 12 week program that offers step-by-step methods to develop a deepening awareness of self in heart, body and mind. Her humorous style and clear step-by-step descriptions guide a yoga practitioner through a union of mind and body.

The core strength of the book is in the development of a "mindful" experience. Mindfulness is shown as enrichment to every activity from pleasure to pain control.

Her text is sprinkled with references to online videos and guidance forming a well blended method of self-directed growth. The book begins by providing an interesting history of yoga and its deeply spiritual nature. The author shares her knowledge and experiences that will help devotees enhance every aspect of their lives.

Although the book is written for everyone, those with some familiarity to yoga asanas and pranayama will benefit the most.

I rated this book with only 3 stars because I feel it can't truly stand alone without the online help. There are portions of the book that would be better served with illustrations. My advance copy did not include these. If the book is released with instructional graphics I would upgrade my approval to four stars in a heartbeat!
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  Itzey | Jan 23, 2016 |
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"Moving into Meditation is a practical yet fresh guide to integrating mindful yoga and embodied meditation, in a 12-week format. One week at a time, Moving into Meditation lays out a plan for exploring body-based practices to get you more in tune with not only your limbs and core but your mind and heart. Cushman's curriculum integrates asana with mindfulness meditation to help practitioners turn "embodiment" from a concept into a tangible reality. Her delightful mixture of practices, yoga history, and Buddhist philosophy are made relevant to your present-day life. Personal stories from the "trenches" of decades of practice and teaching add color; Cushman's characteristic poetic and funny voice makes all readers feel that much more human. Cushman believes--and experience proves--that by becoming better attuned to and acquainted with the body, the physical forms become a vehicle for becoming more intimate with yourself and your world. From there, we can explore and embody the teachings of the Buddha for a more awakened life. In recent years, "mindfulness" has blasted into mainstream culture much as yoga did two decades ago, making "mindful yoga" an appealing trend. But how does mindful yoga evolve from a buzz-worthy concept to a lived experience? How do yoga asanas and pranayama support and express the practice of meditation? How do you explore the teachings of the Buddha through the vehicle of your own living, breathing, human body? As we quickly learn, the practices are inherently entwined. Experienced yoga and meditation teacher Anne Cushman answers all these questions and more in Moving into Meditation, teaching us to deepen our asana practices with mindfulness meditation and enhance our meditation practice with asana. With compassion, humor, and deep intelligence, Moving into Meditation guides us through integrating mind, body, and spirit practices for a wide-awake life. The book is presented in a systematic, week-by-week format for ease of use and accessibility, and because the author is also developing an online course for which the book will be a central text. The program progresses through the Buddha's four foundations of mindfulness as well as the koshas"--… (more)

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