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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; 1 edition (September 4, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060954655
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060954659
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 0.8 x 6.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #82,637 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gurmukh is a pioneer in yoga and the mind-body-spirit connection. Based in L.A., Gurmukh teaches Kundalini yoga, meditation, and pre- and post-natal care. In 1983, she founded the Kundalini Yoga Center, where she is a teacher, manager and course director. Among her clientele are Madonna, Courtney Love, Annette Bening, David Duchovny, Melissa Etheridge, and Rosanna Arquette. She has been featured in Vogue, W, and InStyle.

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It is full of wonderful very helpful information!
Gail Grossman
Gurmukh offers more exercises in the book along with personal anecdotes drawing on her life experience and her experience working with students.
D. Colletti
I have already have a collection of yoga books and yet I still highly recommend this book very highly.
Ramneet Kaur

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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful By "decotiis" on January 28, 2002
Format: Paperback
This is a very open minded book - inclusive of all religions, with the underlying belief that Kundalini yoga and meditation can serve to deepen all spiritual practices.
In this book, Gurmukh devotes a chapter to each of the chakras and discusses the strengths and shadow sides of each energy center. Each chapter tells stories and gives examples, either from Gurmukh's life or from the lives of her students. When discussing the second chakra she gives an account of a man who felt that he was addicted to sex - and then she discusses the path he took towards healing. In the chapter which discusses the third chakra she relates a story about a woman who was consumed by anger and how focusing her healing energy on that chakra brought her to a new level of health and well-being (the woman had AIDS as well). In the chapter on the 6th chakra she tells about a woman who decided to take anti-depressants after yoga helped her realize that she was clinically depressed. Gurmukh also tells her own stories of addictions, pain and healing. Each chapter also gives examples of specific exercises to do for each chakra.
This book is a great addition to any yoga library.
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43 of 46 people found the following review helpful By jumpy1 on April 19, 2006
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While i appreciate the reviewer who offered the information on yogi bhajan's story, I think it's important to note that the world is full of successful people who achieved greatness after hitting a profound low - unemployed, powerless, impoverished, etc. at which time they became inspired to create something extraordinary. And, having practiced many forms of yoga (Iyengar is my favorite) I still find that doing Kundalini once in a while has a profound effect. I can't do it often because it is tremendously stimulating and I get mentally agitated if i try to do it more than 2 days in a row. But just once clears up tensions and previously unnoticed physical problems of the prior weeks/months! I love Gurmukh and highly recommend her teachings - with the only reservation being that one should be very in touch with how it feels as it goes along, so as not to overdo.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 27, 2003
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As a teacher of Kundalini yoga, I consider this book to be one of the basic must have books. It not only helps with identifying and working with chakras, but is easy to explain and the asanas can easily be incorporated or organized with other kriyas, for personalization of class for a client. Thank you, Gurmukh!
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful By M. Harbut on January 25, 2006
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This book is not a comprehensive beginner's manual for kundalini yoga, though it does introduce some simple but effective meditations. Instead, Gurmukh shares stories from her own journey into awareness, and those of her students who have changed their lives with kundalini yoga and meditation. Her personal insights and uplifting stories make this book a worthwhile read, whether you're just getting started with kundalini yoga, or if your individual practice could use a healthy and uplifting boost.

I've been reading small snippets of this book in the early morning hours before going to group sadhana, and her little nuggets of wisdom help set my intention for my meditations and the rest of my day. I plan to give copies of this book to my families and friends to introduce them to the technology, and help them understand why I have committed to incorporating KY into my life.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 27, 2002
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This book teaches you to open and balance your chakras, not just with explanation, but step by step instruction on meditation and KY exercises, complete with drawings. Each chakra is related to an emotion, positive and negative. I find the area I'm struggling with in my life, and do the exercises for that chakra and it has helped to calm me and balance me.
Highly recommend. Only gave 4 stars vs 5 because I wish the meditations and exercises were all in one section.
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This is a wonderful book which explains the 8 chakras in detail and describes Kundalini yoga excercises and meditations. It was enjoyable reading and offered insight to many areas of this study.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Ramneet Kaur on September 13, 2006
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I have already have a collection of yoga books and yet I still highly recommend this book very highly. Gurmukh's anecdotal style is very affectionate, supportive, and warm. I particularly enjoyed the stories from her own life. Kundalini yoga is VERY different from the hatha, triyoga, ashtanga, etc. that I've done before. It's energizing- that's an understatement! You'll feel much brighter, or as she says, radiant.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Ms Muffintop on February 12, 2012
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This book is Gurmukh's story. It tells how she got started in yoga, what it did for her, how she met Yogi Bhajan and the beginning of her studio. All of this is very interesting. It's an easy read. She writes just like she's sitting across the table chatting with you. Each subsequent chapter covers a chakra, the beliefs associated with that chakra and a few Kundalini moves. If you are new to Kundalini, reading this book will provide you with short sequences you could do at home for 10 to 20 minutes at a time to supplement a practice you have with a studio. If what you want is more like a real exercise routine I would recommend you buy her dvd which is a full length workout. Buy both if you want a little philosophy background to go with your workout.

Even if you buy both, I would also recommend you go to a studio at some point and take classes from a live teacher. Getting feedback is useful.

Why I didn't give it more stars: I don't think this book lives up to it's name. It doesn't really reveal "8 human talents". There are 8 chakras and she devotes a chapter to each one. I don't see why that is defined as a "talent". I also don't think merely reading this book is enough to restore Balance and Serenity within you. It's too basic. I wish she had titled the book an introduction to Kundalini Yoga. Or merely, "My Story, by Gurmukh."
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