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Yoga Heart: Lines on the Six Perfections Paperback – July 19, 2011
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"Yoga Heart is a tiny treasure to hold and to behold. Even the typography and colors are food for contemplation...highly recommended for people who will not only read the lines for enjoyment, but also use them for contemplation and right action in life." --New York Journal of Books
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- Publisher : Stone Bridge Press; 0 edition (July 19, 2011)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 112 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1933330937
- ISBN-13 : 978-1933330938
- Item Weight : 5 ounces
- Dimensions : 5 x 0.25 x 7 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,105,813 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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To be Zen
is just to be yourself-
not name nor job nor history
In Skydancer of Bliss, she asks,
Do you die a little each day,
forgetting who you are?
There's a simplicity that belies the complex undertones of the themes at hand. As a companion for yoga, it's the perfect complement, flexing the mental muscles as much as the physical. As a meditation, it goes even further- verging on perfection.
These lines will deepen one's yoga practice by adding meaning and intention to it. It simply elevates the practice.
Rereading books like ‘Yoga Heart’ can be a singular pleasure. Leza Lowitz, author, translator, editor, art critic, lecturer and yoga teacher, clearly lives a fruitful, creative life, one held firm by a carefully cultivated balance and equipoise few of us are able to achieve. Perhaps that is the key to the experiential quality of these poems. In the same manner that yoga exercises are repeated and perfected, these brisk, crystalline lines of verse can be re-summoned from that spot in the mind that accommodates a convergence of the physiological and spiritual. The elimination of distractions that is fundamental to yoga is evident in the verse itself, whose subtlely crafted essence and compressed imagery, in common with classical Japanese poetry, results in an intensifying and exalting of experience. With these liberating poems the writer inveighs us to, “Turn down the volume/of the world/ Turn up the sacred pulse.” There are no paeans to individual love or passion here, but both are manifest in the infinitely broader concepts of giving, compassion, and joyfulness, the sheer pleasure in being alive. Returning to this collection, one is gladdened to find that quality verse seasons with time. The ink illustrations by Akiko Tanimoto are suitably sinuous, balletic strokes to match the stripped down wisdom of the poems, the collection’s gentle instructions and admonitions.