" Yoga may heal the body , but it also heals our lives . "
The past 3 weeks have been a personal roller coaster , with stress inducing trips to Dallas , New York , Greenwich ; and capped by the news of a very tragic incident early Friday morning. Through it all , it was a yogic challenge to maintain equanimity and just "observe" as my teacher advised me.
Max Strom's new book " A Life Worth Breathing " was a comforting companion during this trying phase , and it resonated with me.
There are a number of universal truths that get thrown out during the course of a yoga class or discussed in publications or online ; e.g.: a physical practice does lead towards transformation , etc. At times , I feel these tend to sound like cliches because there is no true wisdom or experience behind the discourse.
Max broke this down from the viewpoint and voice of an actual personal experience , his surmounting of a childhood physical handicap and that of a teacher , observing and witnessing the journey of various students.
There are several segments which have the tinge of a "self-help" tome , but through it all , he charts how the physical practice of asana , breath & meditation , will lead towards the light , that change. It's a good & contemporary reference & road map for consciousness.
I also appreciated his universal & inclusive approach to enlighten those who perceive the practice of yoga as specifically Hindu or Indian. The Divine experience is for everyone ; and he mentions something that I have always thought about , how religious fanaticism has caused so much strife & discord to humankind.