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Yoga, Youth, and Reincarnation

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Jess Stearn was an experienced reporter and man of the world who viewed an invitation to a three-month study session of Hatha Yoga with extreme skepticism. But the experience transformed Stearn into a true believer.

This explains how this change came about and commends yoga as a remedy for problems of tension, weight control, sexuality and various other complaints.

Published 1978 by Bantam (first published January 1st 1965)
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Aug 21, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2009
Silly title, stupid marketing, and found on the shelf of every patchouli-reeking hippie of a certain age east of the Pacific coast. Yet it still doesn't stop this book from being awesome, entertaining, and informative, even upon multiple readings. ...more
Nina Harp
Sep 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The yoga postion reference guide in the back of the book is priceless, full of specific instruction that is helpful when you are unsure of your positioning and also tells what each position is good at alleviating. I find myself going back through this book every so often, but its a great look at one man's journey to the healthier side of life. Very inspirational. ...more
Karla Becker
Apr 21, 2010 added it
Shelves: spiritual
Like "Autobiography of a Yogi," I have also read this book at least five times. It was written in the 60's, reflecting the culture at the time, for example, drinking the diet drink my mother drank, "metracal." The author is a 50-some year old journalist who is out of shape, drinks whiskey and smokes cigarettes. He begins practicing yoga and after several months, is transformed. ...more
Sep 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is a book I will re-read over again, a classic in my opinion. Just like Eat to Live is my eating bible, this yoga book is my exercise bible. I recommend it to anyone who is ready to expand their knowledge of the importance of yoga.
Feb 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a reread. I read this book in the late Sixties and began my sporadic yoga practice based on Stearn's program. I still like his exercise routines, and I found the book rather enjoyable this time around though some of the sexism of the era was surprising (if gentle, at least by today's standards). ...more
Barb Wright
May 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
I like to refer to this book for pictures and names of yoga poses.
Feb 01, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, esoteric
I never made it all the way to the end of the story proper of this book and yet I have found the appendix of yoga positions and descriptions invaluable and have built a yoga routine of 17 years from it. So I adored the appendix and couldn't make it through the story. How do I rate that? ...more
Jul 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I read this book when it first came out almost 40 years ago when I was just a little girl who was seeking my own self realization. It had a life changing effect on me. Thank you Jess Stern!
Lavandar Blue
One of the early books I read that set me on the path to eastern philosophies. It started a life interest in vegetarian diet, yoga and meditation .
Jun 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, health
This book was good, and very progressive for it's age (published in 1956), despite a few closed-minded references to homosexuality and women here and there. But again, it was 1965, and it was more the author's speculation than anything tangible.
Speaking of, I did enjoy this book, but I wish I knew how much of it, or what things in particular, were factual. From what I've briefly read on Jess Stearn, he was definitely a "new age" writer, touching on things like spirituality, the occult, reincarna
May 27, 2008 rated it it was ok
Shelves: orphaned
this has been an interesting and curious book which has provided me really pleasant post-sauna reading. very much belonging to the seventies, i think i most enjoyed it for it's other-time qualities. however, i hit the chapter about diet and the passages on how the author's "yoga guru" excludes a promising yogi because she feels the yogi's figure (too chubby) is a "bad advertisement" for yoga. ...okay. this dubious chapter was followed by the chapter on sex, and i just started to feel like my tim ...more
Daniel Duval
Jan 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
Typical 1960's new age book. In that sense I found it interesting from a historical perspective. It does a good job of conveying the physical, mental and spiritual yoga philosophy. There is extensive directions on actual practice that is laid out in the appendices and regiments to follow from beginner to advanced. ...more
Jinjer Stanton
Jun 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book was seminal for me because it took the pure philosophy of yoga that I learned in college and gave it some grounding. This book has stayed with me and I still use information from it in teaching my own classes 30 years later.
C Krengel
Aug 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I read this for the first time in 1968, the re-read it several times. Picked it up 45 years later and still found it riveting. Looked up Marcia Moore online to see if she was still around & practicing yoga. Was shocked to discover her death a decade later is unsolved...
Apr 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: yoga-newage
Great book. Interesting and informative. I have bought it several times.
Oct 20, 2008 rated it it was amazing
VERY good book! Even though it was written in 1965, it was very pertinent to today. Anyone who is doing yoga and meditation can relate to this book and his beginning journey.
Lindsey Lemmons
Mar 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This book changed my life and I still read portions of it on occasion.
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Love this book! Was recommended by my 96yo great aunt last year, who was also a yoga teacher until the age of 90. Although some things have changed with time, there are still a lot of good lessons and anecdotes to apply to your life and your practice.
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Stearn was a Jewish-American journalist and author of more than thirty books, nine of which were bestsellers. As an author, Stearn specialized in sensationalist speculative non-fiction. His early work focused on outsiders and marginalized individuals such as prostitutes, drug addicts, and homosexuals. His later work focused on spirituality, the occult, and psychic phenomena. His most popular works ...more

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