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How Yoga Works Paperback – September 1, 2005
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Geshe Michael Roach is the first Westerner in 600 years to pass the rigorous test for the title of Geshe, or Master of Buddhism, at Sera Mey Tibetan Monastery, after 20 years of study. He is an honor graduate of Princeton University and has received the Presidential Scholar medal at the White House. Geshe Michael is the author of over 30 translations of ancient texts, as well as books such as the international best seller, The Diamond Cutter and The Tibetan Book of Yoga.
Christie McNally is a translator and teacher of ancient Tibetan and Sanskrit texts. She is a graduate of New York University and has trained at Tibetan monasteries in Nepal and India. She is a professor at Diamond Mountain University, and has studied yoga extensively with some of the greatest Indian, Tibetan and Western masters of yoga. She recently completed the Great Retreat of three years, three months, and three days in the high desert of Arizona.
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This is one of the many gems in Geshe Michael Roach and Christie McNally's book How Yoga Works. When I first ordered this book, I assumed it would be another yoga book explaining technique and philosophy; instead I was delighted by this narrative of the yogic journey into which Patanjali's Yoga Sutras are woven.
Roach and McNally take the readers on a journey from the characters' rough hewn state to their enlightenment. No character is left untouched by Miss Friday's teaching, including she herself. In fact, the main lesson is "planting good seeds and do no harm to others", starting with the boss and trickling down the ranks. Naturally, there are plenty of trials and tribulations and twists and turns to get the desired growth.
The Yoga Sutras do not lead off the chapters, but rather come within the chapters, generally toward the end. This allows the lessons to unfold and be punctuated effectively. There are also a couple of themes threaded through the story that tie all of the lessons together.
How Yoga Works is unlike other books in its delivery of the truths of the practice of yoga. It will plant good seeds in students and teachers alike. It is a lovely narrative of the transformative power of Yoga.
This book is another fine addition to my yoga library, words that touched my soul and created true change in my daily life!
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Additionally, there was no dogma attached, no inspection of the Hindu pantheon, nothing added as in so many of the translations of the Yoga Sutras. Perhaps this is because of it's Buddhist author; in any event, all I know is that I appreciated this book deeply and it has brought me to a much deeper understanding of what Yoga is really about and why - all in the context of a simple story.
Highly recommend for those currently practicing Yoga, those considering Yoga, and those who just want to know what all the fuss is about.
**Apparently there are readers who are turned off by it because of a scandalous situation with the author.
I say who cares, this is a lovely book in spite of the authors personal life.