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“Rebecca Pacheco is a refreshing new voice on the yoga scene, reminding us of what balance,flexibility, strength, humor, and yes, integrity and wisdom, are all about.” (Jon Kabat-Zinn, author of Full Catastrophe Living and Mindfulness for Beginners)

“In this beautiful, open-hearted book, Rebecca turns ancient yoga concepts into important contemporary life lessons... Readers will love exploring yoga in this space with her.” (Priscilla Warner, bestselling author of Learning to Breathe and co-author of The Faith Club)

“It’s hard enough to find ourselves with all the information out there telling us who to be.... Pacheco encourages us to look no further than where we are, while giving us a concise manual of years of yoga tradition to help us navigate our own paths.” (Katherine Jenkins, author of Lessons from the Monk I Married)

“Rebecca is a strong bridge between fitness and spiritual awareness. Her work points us to the pertinent potential for our inner life, and offers much relevant clarity in the world of wellness.” (Elena Brower, author of Art of Attention)

“Pacheco presents a balanced view of how yoga aligns with modern life…her thoughtful approach to yoga’s ancient underpinnings is applicable to new and seasoned practitioners alike.” (Publishers Weekly)

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Yoga, Meet Life.

Sometimes an hour-long yoga class is the only chance we get to connect meaningfully with our bodies and our minds during a week otherwise full of work, family, and the daily grind. Have you ever wondered how would it feel to bring that experience of awareness and calm out of the yoga studio and into your everyday life? After all, we know that practicing yoga can give us a leaner body and more sculpted limbs, but isn't its most important benefit the way it makes us feel?

In Do Your Om Thing, master yoga teacher and creator of the popular blog OmGal.com Rebecca Pacheco shows us that the true practice of yoga is about much more than achieving the perfect headstand or withstanding an hour-long class in a room heated to 100 degrees. "Yoga is not about performance," she tells us, "it's about practice, on your mat and in your life. If you want to get better at anything what should you do? Practice. Confidence, compassion, awareness, joy—if you want more of these—and who doesn't?—yoga offers the skills to practice them."

In her warm, personal, and often hilarious prose, Rebecca translates yogic philosophy for its twenty-first-century devotees, making ancient principles and philosophy feel accessible, relatable, and genuinely rooted in the world in which we live today. And by illuminating how the guiding principles of yoga apply to our modern lives, Rebecca shows us that the true power of a yoga practice is not physical transformation, but mental and spiritual liberation.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Wave (March 3, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006227337X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062273376
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #86,567 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Lindsey M. Russell on March 4, 2015
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I've been practicing yoga, with a frequency that has varied between daily and weekly, for over 15 years. I've read parts of the Bhagavad Gita, I used to know the primary series by heart, and I've been on a week-long retreat that featured long periods of silence, a lot of vegetables, and 45 minutes of pigeon pose at a time. All of this is to say that I'm somewhat familiar with yoga. I'm not an expert, by a long shot. But I've read a lot and practiced a lot and even written about it from time to time here.

Rebecca Pacheco's Do Your Om Thing: Bending Yoga Tradition to Fit Your Modern Life is my favorite book about yoga that I have ever read.

Rebecca makes yoga tradition clear and compelling and unpacks things like the chakras and the koshas that I'd previously found confusing enough to be entirely off-putting. She asserts something that we all know to be true but that I posit most of us have lost touch with: that yoga is about far, far more than the asanas. But taking yoga beyond the physical poses is frankly hard, because the literature about yoga's traditions and philosophy is opaque and difficult and because, especially in these days, we are all more distracted than ever. In this book, Rebecca changes all of that. These two quotes summarize what Do Your Om Thing is all about.

Yoga doesn't manufacture a feeling of completeness; it offers tools for becoming present enough to realize it's been there all along.

Internal quiet and connection to our deepest self form the essence of yoga. It's not fancy. It doesn't balance on one arm. But it's the plain truth of yoga's purpose, and it will change your life.

Do Your Om Thing is structured in four parts.
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I was lucky enough to get an advance copy of Rebecca's book, "Do Your Om Thing," and I consumed it in 4 days. When I say "consumed," I mean I carried it around with me, read it non-stop and was completely absorbed by its contents. Now, given I was on vacation, but believe me when I say there were plenty of other things I could have been doing. But it was that good. And, to further add interest, I'm a yoga teacher and I've been teaching for many years and while some people might think that I knew much of what Rebecca writes about because she too, is a teacher and her book is about yoga (I did not, by the way, know much of what she writes about in this much detail) I can say unequivocally that I learned a number of things, re-learned many, was absorbed by the stories she used to illustrate some of yoga's most basic, fundamental principles and I also laughed, cried and was inspired. Rebecca's book is by far one of the best books out there when it comes to bringing yoga's fundamental principles to light in a contemporary, understandable way. Further, she writes in a way that makes you feel like you know her. She shares stories of both success and heartbreak. She uses quotes from some of her favorite books, among others, leverages medical research in several passages to make her point and has colleagues in the industry add their (way more) than two cents to give the book a bit of a community feel. The other thing that makes this book such a great resource is that it's not just for people who practice yoga. This could work as a book for someone who's overworked at their job; lacking inspiration in their life; someone who wants to turn over a new leaf or perhaps someone who's just gone through an unexpected change.Read more ›
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Oooh, have I got a Yoga book for you.

Wait, don’t close the window yet!

I know there’s a seemingly endless number of Yoga books on the shelves these days, but this one is for YOU. Yes you – the real person on the other end of the screen you’re reading this post on right now.

You have a job, friends, family, lover(s), commitments, hopes, dreams, fears, and bills (among other things). You make it to a Yoga class when you can, or maybe you have a dedicated asana practice but it just isn’t what it used to be.

Like I said ... oooh, have I got a Yoga book for you!

"It takes courage to begin, but it gets easier. Yogis seek to prepare the best conditions for success, and then it’s a matter of repetition, momentum, and perseverance. At the core of a meaningful life is the desire and capacity to take the steps needs to create what we want."

Enter: Rebecca Pacheco – or for web-savvy Yogis, Om Gal (omgal.com). I’ve been a fan of her realistically quirky Yoga blog for years and when I heard she was writing a book, I nearly fell out of my chair (or out of Utkatasana as it were - Yoga humor!).

This Massachusetts gal has no trouble keeping it real – like yours truly. Her writing style always makes me feel at home + like I’m talking to a good friend who just “gets” me.

Naturally, her first book, "Do Your Om Thing: Bending Yoga Tradition to Fit Your Modern Life", is written in that same down-to-earth, non-hippy-dippy tone that we can all relate to.

"If we didn’t have illusions, we wouldn’t need Yoga ... The Yoga you are doing is not lessened by your daily distractions or stress.
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