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Bringing Yoga to Life: The Everyday Practice of Enlightened Living

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Internationally renowned and bestselling author Donna Farhi moves yoga practice beyond the mat into our everyday lives, restoring the tradition's intended function as a complete, practical philosophy for daily living.

Expanding upon the teachings of Patanjali's Yoga Sutras, the core text of the yoga tradition, Donna Farhi describes yoga's transforming power as a complete li
ebook, 256 pages
Published July 8th 2008 by HarperCollins e-books (first published 2003)
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Aug 19, 2015 Io? rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Un libro fondamentale per un approccio spirituale allo yoga, da tener sempre vicino e da rileggere mille volte.
Emily Alp
Oct 14, 2010 Emily Alp rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is incredible. As I approached the end, in fact, I was amazed that only one person wrote it and that she wasn't 100 years old. The wisdom and the clarity with which Farhi writes is a true gift to take in. I am a yoga teacher and I think this book is a must for all who take on this role. Farhi makes highly-anecdotal references to Yoga, ones practice and the whole process of finding one's path through dedication to these. She published this in 2004 so it's really a tapestry of modern ins ...more
Nov 03, 2014 Gail rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As I embark on 9 months of intensive yoga study, this book (part of the required reading) is a wonderful guide to daily practice, staying present and principled intention. It's a lovely book for anyone practicing yoga - or anyone curious about yoga.
Sep 06, 2009 Rae rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is actually my third reading of this Fahri title - last time I read this one was during my YTT training in 2008, and I packed it for a recent month in Santa Fe (spent in residency at the Santa Fe Art Institute) wherein I was (on the side of writing :) studying yoga with some of the most amazing teachers I've ever worked with.

What I have to say on third reading is that Donna Fahri never ceases to amaze me. When a teacher's voice comes from a place that signals that they've committed to nothi
Feb 14, 2012 Clara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm really pleased to see that this book is so well regarded by others who have read it. I thought it was exceptional. Farhi writes about Yoga with a capital Y--not simply the physical (asana) practice, but the Yoga of which asana is but one of eight progressive methods designed to liberate the soul. There was something on nearly every page that I wanted to write down and remember.

I can see returning to this book over and over and dipping into any part of it and finding something that I need to
Zahrah Awaleh
Sep 04, 2011 Zahrah Awaleh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the most important and relevant yoga books I've read and I loved it so much I'm going to buy it. Just a pure gem. It's philosophical, yet easily understandable to the average person. Very necessary in our current fast-paced lives.
Mar 09, 2016 Diane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Becoming a recent regular practioner of yoga, I wanted to understand more of the background and basis of it. There were parts that were hard to related and understand. In fact this book might be meant for those that would like to become yoga "leaders". However, it did introduce what many of the Indian words represent. Additionally, she tried to explain how yoga isn't just an hour of practice but is meant to be a lifestyle - especially living in the moment. A few of her writings resonated but som ...more
Interesting and worth the read, but same materials are presented more dynamically in other texts.
Apr 26, 2016 QuincyK rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, sports
Useful text - good step to take if you want to start moving beyond the physical in yoga

one point of detraction - she doesn't seem too sympathetic to ptsd or trigger warnings

most useful chapter - identifying good teaching vs. bad teaching - she went in depth about how to recognize abusive yoga teachers and how to begin incorporating yoga into a more person practice

most useful aspect - she uses a lot of useful metaphors to describe the more metaphysical aspects of yoga

in general, she overviews yog
Vern Stevens
Jan 24, 2013 Vern Stevens rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Disclaimer: My perspective is one of a novice with respect to Yoga, both physically and philosophically.

The author takes on some core principles from older texts on Yoga and applies them very practically to modern living. In particular, she addresses many of the obstacles modern yoga practitioners face and offers insight on how they may be overcome. She does not present Yoga as the instant cure for a completely happy trouble-free life. Rather, she explains how Yogic living can help one consider
Victoria Klein
Simliar to the first book I read by Donna Farhi (Yoga Mind, Body & Spirit: A Return to Wholeness), this book was nothing like I expected, yet still exceptionally wonderful.

I was expecting an overview of the basic ethical principles of yoga. Instead, I was greeted with an intriguing introduction to all the possibilities yoga has to offer, unique angles on the eight-limbed path of true Yoga, and (last but not least) the various "roadbloacks & distractions" that could slow, stop, or revers
Feb 15, 2016 Frank rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was hit and miss for me. There's some solid information here, but I feel like a lot of the book was hamstrung by popular yoga, which is less interested in a challenge practice beyond the postures than making yoga appealing. I would have liked a much more extensive discussion of the Yamas and Niyamas, which are the ethical and practical support structure of the practice, so important to Patanjali that he listed them as the first two limbs before asana.
Ellen Stansell, PhD, RYT
This is the first book I've read by this celebrated yoga teacher and to be honest, I was disappointed. Farhi tackles the immense question of how to make your life your yoga practice, and bring your yoga practice fully to bear on your life. In doing so she seems to take all the "folk wisdom" of today's New Age/spiritual practitioner community and just throw it all together in hodge podge. I didn't get the sense that she had vision of how, on a deeper level, they might all connect. She throws out ...more
Sonja Reid
Dec 16, 2008 Sonja Reid rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: how-to
This is a thoughtful book about what yoga can bring to your daily life, and what you can bring to your yoga practice. Sometimes it felt a little vague and Farhi spends a lot of time on anecdotes from her life. While at times this feels a little narcissistic, at the same time I appreciate her emphasis on her own experience as her authority-it helps one to focus on what is and not what you think your practice "ought to be". This is not a book that will endlessly quote and reference ancient texts. ...more
Jan 02, 2012 Greta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spirituality
The message in this book becomes clearer the more often it is read. In many ways it's the same with the yogic journey. The longer the path is trodden, the clearer the path becomes. This book is about yoga as a philosophy, not as a sequence of postures. One can "do yoga" but ultimately, it's about being yogic or on the spiritual path that matters. Donna Farhi has a beautiful way of putting her experience, knowledge and wisdom into a language that inspires and motivates one to either start or cont ...more
Jan 18, 2015 Coleen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is among my top ten for yoga philosophy. A worthy read even if you don't practice yoga.
Jul 14, 2015 Julie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Such a beautiful, instructive work.
Jul 04, 2014 Cindy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a suggested read from my yoga teacher training class. A lot of information to digest so it helps to have a pen and paper handy. You will also want to go back and look at your notes from time to time:) I really learned a lot about my practice both on and off the mat.
If yoga is your sanity, you will appreciate this book.
Dec 12, 2013 Siobhan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: yoga
I loved a lot of what she had to say and I loved that she brought up a lot of current issues facing people who do yoga or yoga asana today. But even though she uses herself for examples and as the book gets on she tends to use more and more examples of her students and of her guiding hand. She may have gotten each persons permission but wow that would be a lot of permission! I was more open to reading what she had to say when examples of others and how she was with them were not part of the "les ...more
This is still one my favorite books on Yoga. I read this book for the first time several years ago and it made a huge impression on me. Having read it again for a second time, I was pleased to find my first impressions confirmed. Donna has a way of distilling the yoga process from a western point of view that is very easy to digest. I have yet to find another book that makes a difficult subject this clear. This book is one, I will take off the shelf, again and again every few years.
rae solomon
Jun 02, 2011 rae solomon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Deriving material from the yoga sutra, the Baghavad Gita and her own experiences as a yoga teacher, Donna Farhi offers an engaging introduction to yoga's philosophical context. While Farhi refers to hatha yoga as one way to practice and deepen the spiritual teachings of Yoga, this book does not contain asana instruction, but instead focuses the less tangible, more personal goals of the yogic life through the lesser known 7 paths.
Jan 22, 2014 Kris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
great intro to yoga / yoga philosophy
(re-read in 2014)
Jonathan Flack
Feb 14, 2015 Jonathan Flack rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Outstanding book. One I will re-read and reference often. I have recommended to numerous friends in real life, and I now do so digitally. This book is perfect for deepening your yoga practice; understanding the philosophies underpinning this beautiful, ancient tradition; and for finding stillness, peace of mind, and connecting with your true self. YALLA!
Jul 10, 2015 Kim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book with a highlighter. Practicing yoga is so much more than doing the poses. It is an entirely mindful way of life. As I lay in bed at night, I was filled with calm as I studied these pages. This is not a read once book; It has a lifetime of content and is now a part of my reference library.
Jim Austin
Oct 13, 2009 Jim Austin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is such a great book. Very easy to read and gave me a great deal of peace and much better understanding of my Yoga practice and where I was (am) going with it. I believe it is a must read for anyone trying to establish a regular practice or even just thinking about it.
Barbara Morrison
One of my new favorite books, hit me like Thomas Moore's Care of the Soul. This book has a clarity and kindness that chases away so many platitudes about how to practice ...anything in life. It is vulnerable and modest, welcoming in our time of grotesque self indulgence.
Jan 18, 2008 Kerstin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed reading this book, easy read, encouraging and positive energy. Especially with this idea I worked a lot: "Each time we kick someone out of our heart we develop a hole in our self, and that hole cannot be repaired until we invite this person back in" p. 35
May 25, 2010 Pam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I often use Donna's words to bring new perspectives to yoga philosophy that I'm teaching. It's deeply thoughtful, and a useful mix of the philosophy itself and Donna's life experiences as examples.

I'm still reading it frequently.
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