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Beyond Power Yoga: 8 Levels of Practice for Body and Soul Paperback – January 4, 2000
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Learning about the eight limbs in Beyond Power Yoga, Beryl Bender Birch's follow-up to her 1995 bestseller, Power Yoga, could have been a dry and almost scholarly project, but rather is thankfully as rejuvenating as a Hawaiian yoga retreat. Birch's writing style is at once confident and soothing, and often humorous. A prime example is her explanation of the yoga concept of dharma (if you follow your dharma, you're following your universal path, or calling). Birch was newly married and mourning the passing of her dog. She was "just looking" at the pound for a Siberian husky and saw "in the flesh, the very dog I had been 'seeing' and searching for--thoroughly gorgeous, completely show quality, perfect markings, fit, strong, outgoing and very friendly, but totally wild. The dog came bounding over to me and jumped into my arms, all fifty pounds of him. There was no question God wanted me to have this dog." There was also an older, matted, underweight, crabby husky there too, which she couldn't bear to leave. So she bought both of them from the pound for $17.43, but then spent $400 at the veterinarian to have them dewormed and immunized. She and her husband needed that money for rent, and he lambasted her for her irresponsibility. The day their rent was due, they received a $400 gift from a former student, thanking the Birches for ridding him of his back pain. Birch says that the thought never occurred to her that the rent money would be a problem: "If I had been plugged into the perception that it was going to take a long time to get that $400 back, then it would have taken a long time to get the $400 back, and I could never have had those dogs."
Beyond Power Yoga includes dozens of photographs of Birch demonstrating basic asanas, including the Sun Salutation series, but for the reader looking for a full "power yoga" workout to get you good and sweaty, her first book will still be a necessity. But beginning- through advanced-yoga practitioners serious about using yoga as a path to self-fulfillment should find the information in Beyond Power Yoga to be positively life altering. --Erica Jorgensen
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The book illustrates a handful of Ms. Bender Birch's fascinating personal stories about how things happened "illogically." For example, she learned spiritual lessons the hard way by getting a camera stolen during a professional assignment trip. She had just taken a lot of photos at a large, rare gathering of Hindu devotees in India. Upon close examination, she realized that this very Karma was a payback to her own crime committed much earlier. In another example, she witnessed Hindu Elephant God (Ganesh) melting on a wall while on a quest in India in the 70's. Or was she simply hallucinating from drinking a spiked beverage that two young Indian students gave her?
It is also, however, her Dharma in this life time to tell us such stories. Ms. Bender Birch had an easy success at bringing Ashtanga yoga to mainstream American, but to "localize" the Eastern philosophy to contemporary America is akin to master a physical practice beyond a fourth series of Ashtanga. In her earnest attempt to act as an intermediary bridging two different philosophies, she almost succeeded. Power Yoga is more concrete that practitioners can achieve physical strength and flexibility. No tools exists to measure nirvana, eternal bliss, karmic debt, etc.
Like her first book that readers must re-read and take up yoga practice at the same time, Beyond Power Yoga requires continuing practices, reading, meditating and contemplating. To benefit Body and Soul.
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I'm still trying to figure out if this is legit or a copy of the book produced in someones basement with a low quality scanner. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Gamermomstl
Taking a yoga course as an elective in college. This is a great text book. You will be very happy with this purchase.Published on February 28, 2014 by Jodene Anderson
The photos are copies of blurry copies. The print is faded, the pages are yellowed. What a very poor piece of work. Read morePublished on June 22, 2012 by jasper
I bought this book at a discount sale before I really knew that much about yoga. Later I became so intrigued with the healing power of yoga that I studied to be a yoga teacher. Read morePublished on June 8, 2008 by Teri Ciocco
Birch once again gives us more information about herself than is needed. Check out Donna Farhi's "Yoga: Mind, Body and Spirit" for a more thorough examination of the... Read morePublished on January 19, 2002 by Mark
First there was Power Yoga. I remember buying the book in 1996, intrigued by the cover. Once I started reading it, I could not put it down! Read morePublished on March 27, 2000 by Joan Budilovsky