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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: On-Word Bound Books; 8.2.2009 edition (September 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0974470643
  • ISBN-13: 978-0974470641
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,048 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Deborah Adele holds master’s degrees in both Liberal Studies and Theology & Religious Studies. An ERYT500, she carries yoga certifications in Kundalini yoga, Hatha yoga, Yoga Therapy, and Meditation. She is also trained as a Gestalt practitioner and a Somatic Educator. For over 14 years, Deborah brought her combined knowledge of business and her in-depth knowledge of yoga philosophy to build Yoga North, now a thriving yoga center. Currently she is writing, teaching, consulting, and engaging her own personal practice.

 

Deborah worked for three years as a consultant with a firm out of Boulder, Colorado, where she combined the concept of body and breath with organizational development skills to improve leadership and management in various businesses around the country. She wrote a regular wellness column for the Duluth News Tribune and has authored two CD’s, The Art of Relaxation and The Practice of Meditation. Deborah currently owns Adele & Associates, a company whose goal is to increase clarity, productivity, and right-living in individuals and systems. Deborah is a keen and innovative thinker, and, in whatever venue she finds herself, consistently uses her knowledge and training to support others in living a life imbued with balance, clarity, and well-being.

 

In addition to her business and yoga experience, Deborah has made several trips to India for study and exploration. She feels it is important to continually ask ourselves the question, “What does it mean to be human?” by putting ourselves in places we can be challenged and changed, by telling ourselves the truth, and by sitting in some form of prayer, meditation, or reflection daily.

 

Deborah currently resides in Duluth with her husband Doug, a Lutheran minister, where their conversations around spirituality remain lively. Her life is enriched by their two sons and four grandchildren.

 

To learn more about Deborah visit her website: www.DeborahAdele.com.


More About the Author

As a child and young adult, I was the one always seeking to be at the top of whatever I was doing; I was seeking to get an A+. Life has mellowed me through the years, but I am still seeking to get an A+. Now, however, I want to receive it because I lived well, not because I was at the top. When I go to bed at night, I want to know that for this day I was an asset to humanity. That for this day, I told myself the truth. For this day, I was kind. For this day, I put courage over fear. For this day, I participated fully in my life, and the world is a better place because I am here.

Deborah Adele, MA, ERYT500, is an author and lecturer on yogic philosophy and yoga lifestyle. Her first book, The Yamas & Niyamas: Exploring Yoga's Ethical Practice, was published in 2009 and is among the first books written in the West focused singularly on the topic of the first two of the eight limbs of yoga from Patanjali's Yoga Sutras. She has produced two CDs: one is guided relaxation and the other guided meditation; and is currently working on her second book. For over 14 years, she used her knowledge to build Yoga North, now a thriving yoga center in Duluth, MN.

Deborah has made several trips to India for study and exploration and currently spends her time teaching 200-500 level teacher training programs and leading workshops throughout the USA on yogic philosophy. Along with several yoga certifications, Deborah has a background in theology, business, and somatic education. When she isn't teaching, she enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, and playing her piano.

Deborah feels it is important to continually ask ourselves the question, "What does it mean to be human?" by putting ourselves in places we can be challenged and changed, by telling ourselves the truth, and by sitting in some form of prayer, meditation, or reflection daily. Visit Deborah at DeborahAdele.com.

Customer Reviews

This book is very well and thoughtfully written.
B. J. Vicent
Throughout this book, I found areas in my own personal life which I struggle with daily and how to overcome these daily struggles.
Tim
Excellent depiction of the Yamas and the Niyamas!
Yogi Deb

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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By David H. Peterzell PhD PhD on June 13, 2010
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In my opinion, this is the best and most important book on yoga to be released in a long time. Why? Because the ten yamas and niyamas -as specified by Patanjali in the Yoga Sutras- are at the core of yoga and (I believe) essential for real personal growth. And yet they are given cursory treatment by many if not most yoga teachers in the west, who seem unaware of the subtle facets and profound qualities of these "jewels." And they are ignored by many of today's mental health professionals, who seem unaware that modern psychotherapeutic approaches are embedded in yoga's prescriptions for "ethical" practice of restraints and observances. Somebody really needed to write a book on this! And I must say, Deborah Adele really delivers the goods.

Take for instance, Adele's chapter on Satya (truthfulness, honesty). It is a work of art in its own right, offering the wisdom and clarity one needs to liberate powerful forces within oneself. In this chapter, Adele includes the sensible yet unusual insights of Carl Jung, Yogiraj Achala, and Mahatma Gandhi, among others, along with her own hands-on understanding. In the process, Adele addresses, for all of us, the fear (dangerousness) involved with being completely truthful, the differences between "Nice" and "Real," the epic partnership between truth (satya) and nonviolence (ahimsa), and the value of conducting our own Gandhi-esque "experiments" in truth.

There is so much more to this chapter than the glimpse I've given here, but I hope I've communicated the fact that this chapter (and the book as a whole) has great depth and breadth. It is evident that Adele has immersed herself in the yamas and niyamas, emerging with lessons, teachings, and insights that could be of value to anyone. Highly recommended. I learned plenty.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By S. Spitzer on April 3, 2010
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This year I am doing a Yoga Teacher Training Course, its 420 hours all up.

First up in our course we laid the foundations, which is the studying of the Yamas and the Niyamas. I loved them, they made total sense to me. What a great set of guides to help you steer your life.

However, my notes didnt go deep enough for me. So I googled Yamas and Niyamas and found this book.

WOW. Its a wonderful read for anyone, even if they arent studying. I love how she expanded on Ahimsa, non violence. It runs so much deeper than I imagined. I used to be a "rescuer" when my friends were in trouble, now I can see how what I was doing wasnt helping them and how I can support them on their path.

Deborah, thank you for writing such an awesome book. Children should study these guides in school!

No 1 fan, Sara
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Catharine J. Larsen on November 24, 2010
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First, a disclosure. The book's author, Deborah Adele, is my yoga "guru" and friend. I also wrote the haiku that appear at the start of each guideline in the book. That said, "The Yamas and Niyamas, Exploring Yoga's Ethical Practice" by Deborah Adele, has been a godsend to me. I have been teaching this course for a few years at the yoga studio where I am affiliated. For the first few years, I was teaching from the only book we knew of (which shall will remain nameless). The more I explored these guidelines, the more frustrated I became with the book we were using. It was not as helpful to me and the class as I wished. I was looking for a book that would encourage the reader to use events from their daily lives to explore these guidelines and that demonstrated a deep understanding of these ethical practices. I felt I had to work to hard to make the book speak to us. I said to Deborah, "You should write a book about the 10 guidelines." She said, "I am."

The book that came has met all of my expectations. It is readable, applicable, spiritual, and also beautiful to look at. The questions at the end of each guideline are there for one to explore at whatever depth one would choose. Although I have first taken this course, and then taught this class many times, using the book and my own thoughts and explorations, I always find something more to explore, a gem that takes me into greater insight into my life, giving me the opportunity to free myself from the attachments that keep us from being free and living in abiding joy.

Now I have the joy of teaching a new class focusing on "Managing Transitions: Life Changes With the Yamas and Niyamas," using the book and the guidelines to explore the losses and trials found in aging, illness, and loss, as in death/divorce.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By bookazonna on October 1, 2009
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A gem of a book, Adele makes the ancient information so practical and succinctly puts it into a common person's vernacular. Very inciteful information for any serious student of yoga.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By E. Frykman on September 3, 2009
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I found this book to be a wonderful introduction to Yoga philosophy, and a fantastic overview of the Yamas and Niyamas. I knew very little of the topic beforehand, and am inspired to delve deeper after reading this book. I enjoyed the real world examples that Adele uses to explain the principles, and found the questions at the end of chapters to be thought provoking. I want to bring it to my book club to read with them...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 16, 2014
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This book put a lot of great stuff into words and is a good introduction to the ethical side of yoga. It was easy to read and has activities that you can put into practice at the end of each chapter. It would be a great book to read as a group, one chapter a week, and have a discussion on each chapter. The author does a good job of bridging Western thinking and Eastern thinking.

That said, her Western thinking definitely comes from a Christian background. This will be great for you, the reader, if you too come from a Christian point of view. I was not raised in the church, so the connections between Christ's teachings and yoga are not important to me. It does not put anything into context for me. I was hopingfor a bit more of a pure analysis of the Yamas and Niyamas. This was a great start, and now I am ready to get more in-depth and leave the Western/Christian comparisons behind.

I would recommend this for ladies night book group, for church book groups (nothing in the book goes against Christianity and as far as I can tell would work well beside that faith), for guidance during difficult times, for advice on how to lead in business with kindness, for young adults trying to navigate new social scenes. It is a very calming practice.
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