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By Fran Tolhurst
“... if there is one single thing that characterizes the literature on Yoga, it is repetition and redundancy in the guise of novelty and independent invention"
This submission by Fran Tolhurst reviews 3 books

Yoga Sadhana- a guide for sadhakas and teachers

by Peta Keaney

When I first arrived at Yoga Mandir I got lucky! A few months in, Alan invited me to do a bit of backroom re-search work. One thing led to another and I ended up playing an editing role on this booklet. I am so grateful for that opportunity. Through this work I came to better under-stand why we practice yoga and what we’re doing when we practice. In turn my own practice has been greatly enriched.

The limits of our perception

by Fran Tolhurst

A woman was heading off to a wedding. Her father stopped her and made her fill her mouth with water so she wouldn’t join in when the other women said of the bride, “She’s ugly, ‘Her nose is too long”, or “Her legs are too short.” At the wedding this woman said nothing, but she did notice some small flaw in the bride. When she got home, her father told her to spit out the water in her mouth. They found it had turned to blood – just from this bad thought.i

Yoga for a World out of Balance

by Ann Dragon

Michael Stone’s Yoga for a World out of Balance is an engaging and practical book from which I took inspiration. Using the five yamas to divide the book, Stone demonstrates how the principles of Yoga can be articulated within all aspects of modern life and not just when we are posturing on a mat. He challenges the reader to broaden their view of Yoga practice, advocating the need for social action to live in a sustainable and respectful way.

What started me in Yoga?

by Mark Boast

IT almost started with the beginning of a series of questions from an Admiral Surgeon at a Navy leaving medical.  “What are you doing to keep fit – not running I hope!”  His hopes aside, my military career and subsequent retirement was littered with running as an exercise. So I took his question as one of those rather lame jokes professionals makes when their victims are in no position to respond. Dentists fall into the same category.

The Nature of Mind

by Fran Tolhurst

I seem to have spent a lot of time in my life trying to understand why people do what they do when often what they do is so de-structive to others and in-evitably to themselves. No one has ever won a war even though many people have consented to them. No one ever seems to win anything with violence and we mostly lose even more than we thought we had to lose.

Science & Yoga. How I stayed sane during my Phd

by Tanya Bradford

There is no way I could have survived my PhD without yoga. This seems like a grandiose statement but it is not something I say lightly. Signing up to do a PhD is a long-term commitment and ultimately a serious lifestyle decision. All PhDs are unique, disciplines vary and personal experiences differ. I can only speak of my own experience and the observations I made during my time and how yoga helped me survive the daily grind of doing my PhD in organic chemistry.

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