Archives de catégorie : Mind, Body & Spirit

TIBETAN YOGA d’Alejandro Chaoul

Discover ancient Tibetan yogic practices that integrate body, breath, and mind on the journey to personal cultivation and enlightenment.

TIBETAN YOGA
by Alejandro Chaoul
Wisdom Publications, November 2021

TIBETAN YOGA offers accessible instructions for performing the ancient yogic techniques of Tibet’s Bön religion. This is Tibetan yoga, or trul khor, a deeply authentic yogic practice. Drawing on thirty years of training with Bön’s most senior masters as well as advanced academic study, Dr. Alejandro Chaoul offers expert guidance on practices that were first developed by Bön masters over a millennium ago, framing them according to the needs of contemporary yoga practitioners and meditators.
No matter their level of experience, dedicated practitioners of Tibetan yoga will discover its ability to clear away obstacles and give rise to meditative states of mind.

Dr. Alejandro Chaoul is a senior teacher at The 3 Doors, an international organization founded by Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche with the goal of transforming lives through meditation. He has studied Tibetan yoga for thirty years with the Bön tradition’s greatest masters, including the late H. H. Lungtok Tenpai Nyima, Yongdzin Tenzin Namdak, and Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche, having trained in Triten Norbutse Monastery in Nepal and Menri Monastery in India. He completed the seven-year training at Ligmincha International and received his PhD in Tibetan Religions from Rice University. Dr. Chaoul is the founding director of the Mind, Body, Spirit Institute at The Jung Center of Houston. He is the author of Chöd Practice in the Bon Tradition and Tibetan Yoga for Health and Well-Being.

AWAKE WHERE YOU ARE de Martin Aylward

The body is of course integral to meditation, but there are only a few books that focus this specifically on the body and the meditative experience. AWAKE WHERE YOU ARE addresses that need, and additionally integrates psychological concepts, which provides a more familiar entry point for people less familiar with Buddhism.

AWAKE WHERE YOU ARE
by Martin Aylward
Wisdom Publications, November 2021

Pulled around by desires and distractions, we’re so easily disconnected from ourselves. Life is happening right in front of us, and within us—but still, we manage to miss so much of it. AWAKE WHERE YOU ARE provides the antidote, inviting us to go deep into our own bodies, to inhabit our sensory experience carefully; to learn the art of living from the inside out, and in the process to find ease, clarity, and an authentic, unshakeable freedom.
The practices in the book literally bring us back into our skin, where we can reconnect with a more rich, meaningful, and peaceful life. Aylward writes with sophisticated subtlety, as well as the heart-opening simplicity and clarity born of deep experience. This book is more than a meditation guide—it’s a guide to living an embodied life.

In the introduction to Awake Where You Are, Martin Aylward tells the reader that this is not another book about ‘how to meditate,’ and that is very true. He writes with honesty, insight, and experience to offer us a guidebook to awareness of the body, connection to the body, and deep acceptance no matter the state of that body.” – Sharon Salzberg, author of Real Change

This beautiful and subtle book illuminates and grounds us in the truth that meditation and the practice of loving awareness are an ‘in-the-body’ experience.” – Frank Ostaseski, author of The Five Invitations

After experiencing strong intimations of the spiritual as a teenager, Martin Aylward traveled to India at the age of nineteen to explore meditation. He spent most of the next five years in monasteries, ashrams, and meditation centers in India and Thailand, including two years in a hermitage in the Himalayas with one of his teachers. As well as having the good fortune to learn from and practice with many different teachers, both Asian and Western, Martin has spent much time in solitude with his real guru, Nature—and his teaching often emphasizes contact with Nature as a resource for Awakening. In 1995 he co-founded the Tapovan Dharma Community in the French Pyrenees with his wife Gail. Gradually, the number of visitors increased beyond the capacity of the place, and in 2005—just ten years after opening—they relocated to Le Moulin (Moulin de Chaves), a former Zen monastery in the Dordogne, Southwest France, where Martin and Gail continue to live with their two children. In addition to guiding Dharma practice at Le Moulin as resident teacher, Martin has been invited to teach Dharma around the world since 1999.

THIS BOOK WON’T MAKE YOU HAPPY de Niro Feliciano

Anxiety, stress, and grief aren’t going away anytime soon, and this book won’t make you happy. But with wit and empathy, Feliciano leads you right past happy to calm. No matter how « happy » your life is—or isn’t—you can reach a deeper, truer, and longer-lasting place of contentment.

THIS BOOK WON’T MAKE YOU HAPPY:
Eight Keys to Finding True Contentment
by Niro Feliciano
‎ Broadleaf Books, April 2022
(via Kaplan/Defiore Rights)

When people find out she is a therapist, Niro Feliciano knows she isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. At soccer games, at cocktail parties, in waiting rooms, people corner her and ask: Why am I so stressed? Is the way I feel normal? Why can’t I just be happy?
The truth is happiness is fleeting, and we are stressing ourselves out trying to achieve it. In This Book Won’t Make You Happy, national media commentator and Psychology Today columnist Feliciano offers a path to something much more achievable and abundantly more satisfying: contentment.
By incorporating eight simple postures rooted in cognitive behavioral science and mindfulness practices into our daily routines, we can move away from anxiety and toward balance and calm. Acceptance, gratitude, connection, a present-focused perspective, intentionality and priority, self-compassion, resilience, and faith: through these practices we will overcome obstacles that hold us back from living full, meaningful, contented lives.

Niro Feliciano is a psychotherapist, podcast host, national media commentator, and expert on anxiety, brain science, and spirituality. She holds a master’s degree in social work from Columbia University and is a columnist for Psychology Today. A first-generation Sri Lankan American, she lives with her family in Fairfield County, Connecticut.

BECOMING THE ONE de Sheleana Aiyana

Spiritual writer and founder of Rising Woman, Sheleana Aiyana takes you on a transformational inner-work journey to heal life-long relationship pattens and reclaim power over your life.

BECOMING THE ONE:
Heal Your Past, Transform Your Relationship Patterns, and Come Home to Yourself
by Sheleana Aiyana
Chronicle, March 2022
(via Writers House)

Romantic relationships have the ability to infuse our lives with the magic of intimacy and connection. But for many of us, that magic is fleeting—over and over, our relationships don’t last, or if they do, they fail to make us happy. We find ourselves chasing unavailable love, sublimating our needs in service to others, or trying to save our partners from themselves, all the while abandoning the one who needs us most—ourselves.
If you find yourself struggling to let go after a relationship ends, or you keep hitting the same wall in dating and relationships with emotionally unavailable people, this is not a sign that you are broken. It is a sign that somewhere along the way, you learned to sacrifice yourself in order to be loved. In BECOMING THE ONE, spiritual leader and visionary founder of the Rising Woman community Sheleana Aiyana offers a roadmap for transforming your relationship patterns to end the cycle of self-abandonment and move into the light of self-discovery. You’ll learn to:

build a secure, loving relationship with yourself.
• connect with your inner child.
• challenge your core beliefs about love.
• set self-affirming boundaries.
• discover and celebrate your true desires.
• recognize red and green flags.

Sheleana’s revolutionary lessons, based on wisdom from the traumas of her past and years of guiding thousands of women around the world in her internationally acclaimed « Becoming the One » program of spiritual and therapeutic healing practices, teach you to embody the qualities you are seeking in others so that you can become « the one » for yourself. You’ll learn how to trust your body, make peace with your past, and clear the path for healthy, conscious love—one that returns the authority to you to choose how to live and whom to love.
The desire for love is wired into the very fibers of our being, but before you can create rewarding bonds with others, first you must stand wholeheartedly in self-acceptance. BECOMING THE ONE is an invitation to find your way home to yourself.

Sheleana Aiyana is the CEO/Founder of Rising Woman, which was a seedling in her consciousness for many years before she felt ready to bring this vision forth. Her early childhood experiences of abandonment, trauma and loss followed her throughout her early adult life until it all came to a head in her mid 20’s. Through a painful divorce, Sheleana’s awakening was catalyzed. All of the pain from her past was up for review. And thus, the journey began. You can find her daily writing on Instagram @RisingWoman where she provides a space to connect, explore the spiritual principles of Conscious Relationship, Shadow Work, Inner-Child work and Astrology.

THE ELEMENTS de Jennifer Freed

A fun, gifty paper-over-board package that will appeal to the newbie or astrology aficionado.

THE ELEMENTS
by Jennifer Freed
Goop Press/Rodale, March 2023

THE ELEMENTS focuses on fire, earth, air, and water, which each exist in everyone’s birth charts in unique concentrations that influence your personality, how you work, how you love, and how you understand other people. Knowing your elemental balance is almost like knowing your love language. Dr. Freed will show you how to use a few key pieces of information to understand how your elements influence you in 12 different areas of life (which correspond to the 12 houses of Astrology). She’ll teach someone with a fire/air concentration how to commit to daily routines that keep them happy and grounded. She’ll teach you how to support your watery partner in the way he needs. And she’ll teach you how to tap into the secret strengths of your unique elemental makeup.

Dr. Jennifer Freed has a PhD in psychology in addition to being a trained astrologer. She has spent 40 years in the field of personal growth, as a psychotherapist and social-emotional educator and as a professional psychological astrologer and as a seeker who has participated in nearly every form of so-called transformational healing. She has been interviewed by the New York Times as an expert on retreats. British Vogue featured her, and she was a highlighted astrologer at People.com. She is a monthly contributor on top-rated Sirius show “Sex With Emily,” is a regular contributor to Maria Shriver’s newsletter, The Sunday Paper, and will soon be a contributor at Golive.ly and the-numinous.com.