Welcome to the yoga bookclub hosted by Community Yoga in Indiana!
Living Your Yoga – Finding the Spiritual in Everyday Life by Judith Lasater (Berkley, CA: Rodmell Press, 2000)
For more information on Judith Lasater herself and quick background, look up her website: http://www.judithhansonlasater.com/
[The notes relate to the first edition. I recently got the second edition and will note any significant changes. Her introduction to the second edition talks about the additions.]
If you have the book already in hand, let’s get started with the introduction where Lasater talks about how she came to yoga, how she understands yoga, how she “lives her yoga” and how she designed the book.
Here are a few passages and associated questions that resonated wih me and I can’t wait to hear which phrases, passages or ideas resonated with you.
Lasater talks about her experience in coping with childbirth, her background as a dancer and her “desire for a direct and personal relationship with divine,” as factors that led her to seek out and continue to practice yoga.
She writes, ” What I now know is that I had been seeking wholeness through integration of my body, my mind and my spirit.”
For us,we can ask,
What do I seek?
What brings me to yoga?
What makes me stay?
Laster’s yoga practice, she explains, responds to her search for wholeness.
…to practice is to pay attention to your whole life: your thoughts, your bodily sensations, and your speech and other actions. As you do, you will discover that nothing is separate from anything else. Thoughts are sensations of the mind just as sensations are the thoughts of the body. Each moment of your life is a moment of potential practice.
Practice, then, can be understood as a willingness to return to the reality of the very moment, that is, to observe with dispassion and clarity exactly what is — right now.
What is happening right NOW in my life? Why am I hosting a book club? Writing these words? What do I hope for my thoughts, feelings and sensations?
How do I connect to my own wholeness?
How do I connect to this very moment?
How do I connect with you my fellow readers?
After Lasater describes the structure of the book she concludes the introduction with a quote from Dag Hammarskjold, secretary general to the United Nations (1953-61):
In our era, the road to holiness necessarily passes through the world of action.
She then asks us to “use this book in whatever ways best serve your needs. Living Your Yoga is my gift to you.”
What might be my road, my world of action?
How might I best use Lasater’s gift of Living Your Yoga?
Here are my quick thoughts. What are yours? How might we bring these thoughts to our practice?
Let the book club begin!!
Anyone reading can join the conversation on this blog, just add your comments below. There is also a protected discussion platform. For a password and more information about the bookclub and April 1st workshop, go to: https://communityyogalafayette.com/book-club/
My plan for offering notes to help us stay with the book is as follows:
January 13: Chapters 1-4
February 1: Chapters 5-7 (and additional chapter on relaxation)
February 15: Chapters 8-11
March 1: Chapters 12-14
March 15: Chapters 15-18 (and additional second edition chapter on empathy)
March 29: Chapters 19-21 (and additional second edition chapter on worship)
April 1: Book Club Workshop