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Into the Heart of Yoga: One Woman's Journey: A Memoir Paperback – August 30, 2011
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With honesty and lyricism, poet Danna Faulds' memoir weaves together the tale of her spiritual coming of age with the rise and fall of the Kripalu Center ashram community. Into the Heart of Yoga is also a love story, written with wisdom and the compassion of a heart cracked open by dedicated practice and the paradoxes of the guru-disciple relationship. This is a must read for anyone interested in the potentials and pitfalls of a yoga lifestyle, particularly as it played out in the late twentieth century at Kripalu. -- Amy Weintraub, author of Yoga for Depression --Back cover
The poetry of Danna Faulds has become a mainstay for yoga teachers wanting to convey the joys and rigors of the transformative process in a voice that uplifts and inspires. Knowing Danna as I do, I celebrate the release of this memoir, which reveals the private journey that made her the poet and person she is today. -- Stephen Cope, author of Yoga and the Quest for the True Self and The Wisdom of Yoga --Back cover
About the Author
Danna Faulds has been practicing yoga since 1983 when she unexpectedly embarked upon a life-changing spiritual journey. She is the author of five books of poetry: Go In and In, One Soul, Prayers to the Infinite, From Root to Bloom, and Limitless. As a poet, she is fascinated by the challenge of putting words to the inner experiences that result from yoga, meditation, long bike rides, being in nature, and staying present in the midst of daily life. Danna is a former librarian who now writes for Kripalu Center. She and her husband Richard Faulds live in a quiet corner of the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia where the solitude is conducive to yoga practice and the deer, foxes, birds, raccoons, and wild turkeys provide endless entertainment. When she isn't practicing or working, she divides her time between writing, weaving, gardening, and laughing at the antics of the voracious hummingbirds that frequent her feeders from April to October.
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What a beautiful book. I am more touched than I can say. There are way too many moments that moved me and that resonated in my whole being to recount, but I wanted to mention a few that especially resonated with me. And when I say resonated, I mean truly vibrated through my being.
First, Danna's description of the journey of life as a recovering perfectionist, remembering over and over again, like a mantra, that each moment and who we are in each moment is not only good enough but is also magnificent.
Her first marriage, reminiscent of my own to a wonderful but deeply troubled person who used the threat of suicide as a way to keep my blossoming codependence active. I was able to get in touch with some of my own pain and also my own healing so clearly as I read Danna's words, to reach a new level of acceptance and understanding. That is one of the blessings of the best memoirs.
And Kripalu. The spiritual education center and former ashram so connected with Danna and her husband's journey, and where I also spent time as an employee some years ago. What a true and powerful portrait of the combination of passion, devotion, intention and dysfunction that fueled that extraordinary place over the years she describes.
I am an avid reader of memoir; mostly by women who find their voices while in the crucible of some transformative life experience and who then grow to be inspired teachers of living as embodied spirit in one way or another. Danna's shines among the best of them, courageous and searingly honest, yet deeply compassionate. It is a masterful work, the work of a poet.
As a yoga teacher, a group of fellow teachers had gathered various poems and inspirational readings and I was always drawn to Danna Faulds poetry. I'm not that into poetry but her yoga poetry really spoke to me and my students as I shared her thoughts and poems in class. I looked her up and found this memoir and could not put it down!!!