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The Woman's Belly Book: Finding Your True Center for More Energy, Confidence, and Pleasure Paperback – April 20, 2006
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From Publishers Weekly
In the second belly book this season (after The Way of the Belly by Neena and Veena Bidasha), Sarasohn, a veteran Kripalu yoga teacher and writer on yoga and health, writes that the life force focused in the belly "activates your physical, emotional and spiritual vitality. It's the source of your passion and creativity, your courage and confidence, your capacity to love fully. It's the starting point of your intuition, insight, and sense of purpose." In this scenario, a bloated, uncomfortable belly is the sign of something out of balance in your life. Sarasohn sees the belly as the site of women's soul power and connection to "Source Energy," and throughout she presents exercises to access this power. In the second half, she presents the seven belly-energizing exercises that make up what she calls "The Gutsy Women's Workout," designed to increase the seven soul qualities: vitality, pleasure, confidence, compassion, creativity, intuition and purpose. While some of the poetry and creative exercises in this book are goofy (writing a letter to your belly? decorating your underwear?), Sarasohn's basic argument is liberating. (July)
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A refreshing change of pace. You'll have fun connecting with your powerful belly and its innate wisdom. -- Judith Hanson Lasater, author of Living Your Yoga
Brims with incredibly powerful ways to listen to your life through your belly. This is a fresh, delicious body treat! -- Jennifer Louden, author of The Womans Comfort Book
Make peace with the belly's shape and tap into its amazing power. Bye-bye Xanax! Hello The Woman's Belly Book! -- Susan Reinhardt, author of Not Tonight Honey, Wait 'Til I'm a Size 6
Shows women how to open their eyes to their bodies true beauty. A must-read for any woman sick of self-criticism. -- Yogi Times, May 2006
To trust your gut, you've got to reclaim the wisdom of your belly. The Woman's Belly Book shows you how. -- Christiane Northrup, MD, author of Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom
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by the love, knowledge and inspiration that went into creating such a powerful tool for women to regain
our OWN power! This book shares insights that were once common knowledge, and helps us to inhabit
our bodies in an entirely new way.
The historical references are fascinating, showing the belly's Sacred Power as it was once understood
throughout the world. Lisa also gives an overview of the vital organs, emotional intelligence, and
life energy or qi, that are all held at our core.
The last half of the book offers activities to help us embody these concepts.
Just try them and see how they feel! These deceptively simple movements and meditations are
"developing and directing your hara power, the pro-creative power dwelling in your body's center."
These are tools used by martial artists for thousands of years, and now, with this gem of a book,
they are addressed specifically to women, with an understanding of our "body issues."
Many women have their lives changed by these exercises, and use them as a daily practice!
I use quotes and inspiration from The Woman's Belly Book, both in my own book and in my classes.
I tell my students that Lisa's book is quotable from one end to the other. It's true! This is a rich resource
in your journey to self-love, personal power and embodied wisdom. The illustrations are clear and helpful
and the layout is very appealing. This book is a classic and I love recommending it!
Initially, the word belly made me think of a line from the movie "Austin Powers - the Spy who Shagged Me" where a disgustingly obese character, called Fat Bast*rd, yells at the midget to "Get in my Belly!" because he wants to eat him. And there is always the "Night before Christmas" where Santa's belly shook like a bowl full of jelly.
But after reading this book, my idea of the word belly and what it stands for has completely changed. And anyways, those two references are to men's belly's. Now I understand more about the Women's belly, and that it includes so much more than a stomach.
The idea that the region between your pubic bone and your rib cage can be a well spring for courage, confidence and passion may seem absurd. But the author provides historical and cultural references that the female belly is all that and more. Like most women in their late 40's, I grew up with women's lib and the knowledge I could go to college and just like the boys, I could become anything I wanted. I grew up thinking that any real power is what I store in my brain - in my head. So it was difficult in the beginning, to accept that I do have power in my abdomen. After all, that is the place where I have been storing all the shame and self-doubt I earned during a traumatic childhood.
Women need to read this book. We have lost touch with who and what we are as females. Historically, the ancient wisdom of women and their bodies was honored and respected, rather than demeaned. This book, with its breathing techniques and exercises, helped me break down a barrier that has stood for many years - decades even. A barrier of shame and disgust because my stomach is not flat and taut as society and the media has decreed it should be. This barrier kept me from truly loving my body and listening to the wisdom held deep inside me - inside my center, my belly.