Friday, July 24

Book Giveaway - Enlightenment for Idiots

Comment about your favorite yoga book and have a chance to win a copy of Enlightenment for Idiots.

After you make your comment with your first name included, send me an e-mail to There will be a drawing of all commenters, and I will e-mail you if you win to ask for your postal address. I'll do the drawing in two weeks, Aug. 7 and will announce the winner afterwards.

A few months after having Brijin, I finally read a fiction book again. For those of you who have small children, you understand how difficult it is to fit a small pleasure like reading a novel into your life.

To multitask, I read Enlightenment for Idiots; not only was it about yoga but was silly and entertaining like a beach novel. A perfect combo for this yoga teacher / gossip magazine addict (I actually don't have any subscriptions anymore, but my friends keep giving me their old copies of USWeekly and People. What's a girl to do? It's recycling.).

The author, Anne Cushman of Enlightenment, contacted me via this blog and said she'd give me a copy of her book to give away to one of you. So tell me about your favorite yoga book, fiction or nonfiction, now.

I'm also giving the copy of the book Cushman gave directly to me away at the grand opening of Yoga Patch at 7108 Wornall Rd., Kansas City, Mo., next Friday, July 31. Read more about Yoga Patch, the new studio I'll be teaching at beginning August 10 (see the schedule).


Sharper said...

I don't have any yoga books since I'm so new at this. Perhaps I should find a good one to start with, ya?

Upper West Side Writer said...

Unfortunately, I don't have any books concerning yoga, either--this one looks like a great one to start with! Thanks!

-- Lesley

Anonymous said...

I love Gurmukh Khalsa and her Bountiful, Beautiful, Blissful really helped me through my second pregnancy and preparation for HBAC. She is such a centering influence.

Charlotte said...

Heh heh! "Enlightenment for Idiots". The title alone makes me want to read it. I love books - especially yoga books (perhaps a bit addicted...)

My most recent favourite is YinSights by Bernie Clark. It's a look at Yin yoga but more than that. I like how Bernie goes into all different aspects of yoga (history, asanas, energy, mind) and looks at them from different perspectives - both Eastern and Western points of view.

Highly recommended!

Anonymous said...

I love Enlightenment for Idiots, and have been hoping the author will write another one with motherhood in the plot! I can't think of another yoga book specifically that I like, but I like Buddhism for Mothers and Buddhism for Mothers of Young Children, both my Sarah Napthali. Thanks-

Angie said...

I haven't read many books about yoga about this one looks like one I'd definitely pick up. I have read Eat, Pray, Love and really enjoyed it. My favorite segment of the author's trip was her time spent in India studying yoga.

A Yoga Mama is a Rama Mama said...

Thanks for all the comments so far everyone.

One more week left until the drawing. :) Keep 'em coming!

khairun said...

Found your blog by chance and I love it so far. Would love to have some reading material like this as I am 32 weeks pregnant and waiting to get moving again!

jindi said...

Yoga (Sanskrit, Pali: yĆ³ga) refers to traditional physical and mental disciplines originating in India. The word is associated with meditative practices in Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism. In Hinduism, it also refers to one of the six orthodox (astika) schools of Hindu philosophy, and to the goal toward which that school directs its practices. In Jainism it refers to the sum total of all activities—mental, verbal and physical.

Major branches of yoga in Hindu philosophy include Raja Yoga, Karma Yoga, Jnana Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, and Hatha Yoga. Raja Yoga, compiled in the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, and known simply as yoga in the context of Hindu philosophy, is part of the Samkhya tradition.[10] Many other Hindu texts discuss aspects of yoga, including Upanishads, the Bhagavad Gita, the Hatha Yoga Pradipika, the Shiva Samhita and various Tantras.

The Sanskrit word yoga has many meanings, and is derived from the Sanskrit root "yuj," meaning "to control," "to yoke" or "to unite."[12] Translations include "joining," "uniting," "union," "conjunction," and "means." Outside India, the term yoga is typically associated with Hatha Yoga and its asanas (postures) or as a form of exercise. Someone who practices yoga or follows the yoga philosophy is called a yogi or yogini


rajans said...

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The opening prayer for the practice of yoga reads as: “Because I want more peace of mind and stability in life, I faithfully practice yoga as it has been passed down by the gurus.” Yoga allows for the creation of peace as well as physical, mental and spiritual awareness and escapism.

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