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Do Your Om Thing: Bending Yoga Tradition to Fit Your Modern Life

4.30  ·  Rating details ·  1,109 ratings  ·  106 reviews
Yoga, Meet Life.

Sometimes an hour-long yoga class is the only chance we get to connect meaningfully with our bodies and our minds during a week otherwise full of work, family, and the daily grind. Have you ever wondered how would it feel to bring that experience of awareness and calm out of the yoga studio and into your everyday life? After all, we know that practicing yog
ebook, 288 pages
Published March 3rd 2015 by Harper Wave
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“There are no scorecards on the path to enlightenment.”

For me, yoga (or asana practice) is the physical aspect of my Buddhist practice. It has a lot of physical benefits, but it’s also a moving meditation that requires a lot of focus, determination and hard work. It also requires one to let go of thinking and to just “do” – which is a very Zen thing. “When you’re attempting a challenging pose that requires all of your faculties to be awake, nimble and engaged in the moment, there’s no time to in
**I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads.**

I have danced around the idea of Yoga for quite some time. It’s something I should probably try but have failed to commit to because I’m kind of lazy and super uncoordinated. When I saw this book on the giveaway page, I thought why not. I mean I seem to be real good at reading up on things and not actually doing them, so winning a book like this would be right up my alley.

This book is excellent at giving the basics on the why of Yog
Victoria Klein
Feb 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Oooh, have I got a Yoga book for you.

Wait, don’t close the window yet!

I know there’s a seemingly endless number of Yoga books on the shelves these days, but this one is for YOU. Yes you – the real person on the other end of the screen you’re reading this post on right now.

You have a job, friends, family, lover(s), commitments, hopes, dreams, fears, and bills (among other things). You make it to a Yoga class when you can, or maybe you have a dedicated asana practice but it just isn’t what it used
Janna Dorman
Sep 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this! I've always heard there's so much more to yoga than posing on a mat, but I never felt like I had the right resources to figure out what that meant. This book is the perfect answer. Pacheco provides readers with a blend of yoga history and easy ways to incorporate aspects of yoga into their daily lives. I've already incorporated a few things I learned and I plan to continually reference this book. I highly recommend this book for anyone who does yoga or has an interest in y ...more
Mandi Beam
May 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

It took months to finish this book! Not because it was hard to read, but because I was constantly going back and re-reading chapters over and over again. If you are a Yoga student, Yoga teacher or simply wanting to get into Yoga, read this book. You will learn about the tradition of Yoga, the poses, the breath work and so much more. She writes in such an engaging way that you feel like you are sitting down and talking over coffee. I will read this book again and again. Five stars!
Rebecca Scott
Mar 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
My oh my was this a wonderful book! I first noticed this book at my friend's house and thought "that is an interesting title" (and also the fact that I share the same name as the author's). This book discusses the background of yoga philosophy (from past to present), the body as yoga tradition views it (koshas and chakras) and how to balance and integrate each of these, the mind (meditation advice), and yoga's spiritual roots and the profound impact they can have on day-to-day life. Throughout t ...more
Michi Poindexter
Jul 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: yoga
The best first yoga book to pick up

I have read a good amount of yoga books and after reading this one, the language is there for the modern yogi and how to practice these traditional ideas in our lives today. Many of the concepts weren’t new to me but they seemed more achievable. I will probably reread this book over and over and still find hidden gems. I will also use this book as my first recommendation when people ask me what yoga book to read.
Nov 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I borrowed this book from the library shortly after I realized that the physical aspect of yoga probably wasn’t going to work for me for a while (due to SPD during my second pregnancy). I was looking for inspiration to continue on with yoga and keep up my motivation until I gave birth and could physically improve my practice.
What I received was so much more than that. This is one of those books that you borrow, just to go out and buy a week later so you can highlight and dog-ear the crap out of
Mar 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
I needed some time making my way through it reading it whenever I felt for it. Its incredible informative and I learned a lot not just about yoga but also about myself. Although its a lot of information its easy to read, the examples are amazing and the humorous take on some aspects the modern world adds to this traditional practice really made me smile.

4.5 out of 5 stars. I am pretty sure I will pick this up again and read through some of it again when needed.
Briana Kelly
Jul 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Likes: Nicely split into 3 parts (mind, body, soul) of how we can live a harmonious life with the aid of yoga
Dislikes: A lot of information without any key focus on a specific area
Recommend For: Yoga lovers
May 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Accessible and applicable exploration of yoga philosophy + physical practice, loved it!
The Laurax
Apr 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
I loved it! I recently started practicing again and I was reaping the physical benefits but the sense of calm I used to have attending classes was missing. Pacheco talks to the reader as a beginner, giving a history and spiritual context to what a lot of Americans only see as a workout. Yoga is so much more and those of us who practice physically can benefit tremendously by applying some of the principles to our time on and off the mat. 4.5/5
Mar 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this one. It was full of yoga wisdom and tradition but in a really approachable manner. It gave some really good advice on how to apply ancient yogic teachings to today. I would definitely recommend reading this one.
Jessie Trager
Mar 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This review is a little bit late (seeing as I technically finished this book nearly a month ago) but it's taken me awhile to form coherent thoughts about it. I've also gone back and re-read it twice now and annotated the entire thing very VERY thoroughly.

It's clear I'm in love with this book! I've always had an obsession with self-help books and this one is of a better caliber than most as it suggests ways to improve upon your life by following a more yogic lifestyle/viewpoint. Why does this ma
Nov 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The yoga book I was waiting for. Loved it and will keep referring to it in the future. Here's an excerpt that I belive accurately represents the premise of the book: "Yoga is not about performance. It's about practice, on your mat AND in your life. If you want to get better at anything, what should you do? Practice. Confidence, compassion, awareness, and joy-if you want more of these-and who doesn't?-yoga offers the skills to practice them.(...) Yoga is about attaining a clearer sense of who you ...more
May 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
LOVED this book! I have many (blue) flags/markers all over the pages of quotes or exercises I want to remember. One of my favorite parts was in the meditation section where she talks about stop waiting for the perfect condition to meditate. It goes on to read "You just need to start. And while you're at it, throw out the perfect life plan in which a relationship, job, marriage, or family happen according to a schedule. You're not a train. You're a person, with a soul." It goes on to say that "Th ...more
Jan 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: self-help
Took me a while to finish, not because it was a tough read, but because I wanted to pay attention and didn't always have the necessary lack of distractions.

Fabulous book. I have dog-eared pages and plan to keep this close by as I travel my yoga journey.

I first heard about Rebecca Pacheco when I was reading an article about yoga for runners. This book was a give-away a conference I attended in November. Ms. Pacheco writes in about as honest a manner as one can...she even admits to thinking she w
Kelsey Walker
May 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, nonfiction
This book was incredible. Most yoga books are long, hard to understand, full of unnecessary information....This one though, WOW. Pacheco did an AMAZING job of keeping my interest, and because I checked this book out from the library, I spent the whole time I was reading highlighting different passages. I will be buying the hard copy, and I would absolutely recommend this to anyone who has a yoga practice or is looking to start one. This is not your average yoga book. This is something special.
Mar 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
I appreciated all of the prompts and full understanding of yoga beyond just the moves
Jan 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Cassandra Johnson
Jul 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
I read this book in preparation for my YTT. The benefits of this book is that it has a clear, concise writing style imbedded with a bit of humour here and there. I apprecidate Pacheco's mission to make yoga practical and accessible to people for a variety of backgrounds and beliefs. She went through the basics of yoga philosophy, writing it in a way that the average reader could even understand.

The downside: In her attempts to make yoga philosophy and basic yoga tenants accessible, it was a bit
Sep 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
I needed to read this right now. It convinced me to quit my gym membership. No really. I was thinking about yoga so one dimensionally - - that it only really counted if I made it to a class, which only happened once ever three weeks. I was only thinking of the physical exercise part of it and not all of the mental and psychological aspects of it. I can do a yoga flow anytime from a YouTube video. But I really need to think about all of the other ways I should be allowing yoga into my life, throu ...more
Jun 24, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-loan
3.5 stars. On the one hand, I liked the premise of the book- to take what works from yoga for yourself. The author had a conversational voice and good sense of humor. I enjoy the physical aspects of yoga, and occasionally make an effort at meditation, though I find the latter very difficult. The author presented a good overview of the history of yoga, and the different traditional components of the practice. On the other hand, I struggled to maintain interest during a few chapters which delved i ...more
Edison G.S.
Jul 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ancient teachings brought to the modern yogi

Absolutely enjoyed this book. Rebecca Pacheco does a great job bringing together the ancient teachings of yoga with the modern lifestyle of practitioners. She explores the eight limbs of yoga, the koshas, some saints, mudras, and more elements of the practice. Yet it is not a complicated explanation. She writes in a way that is humorous and entertaining yet informative. Complicated and extensive topics feel light and easily understood. I like how the t
Boomers Gems
Jul 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book stood out to me in a used book store, in fact, I ended up with 'uncorrected proof' so I am curious what the final edit is exactly.
Rebecca delighted me with her words and her story of starting yoga as a teenager. I sure wish I would've been introduced to yoga that early in my life.
She talks about yamas and niyamas and the Dali Lama and so much more. I enjoyed her style and her honesty in the aspect that everyday on the mat isnt always fantastic.
If you're into yoga it's a great read! It
Nisha Bhadauriya
Jul 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is the book I go to when I am anxious, confused or frustrated with anything in life.

Started reading this with the intention of getting a deeper connection with yoga so as to start practicing it more frequently on my own. Little did I know this book will open my mind about yoga so much and teach me how the asanas are just a part of yoga practice, there is so so so much more to it than what we do on the mat.

About the author: Rebecca is such a humble and cool person, I followed her on instagra
Dec 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a pleasure to read. I've read many books on Eastern/Buddhist Philosophy and a few on yoga, and this one really combines these two subjects well. I wouldn't recommend this to someone who's interested in yoga as much as I would to someone who practices regularly and is feeling that itch for more that won't be scratched just by going to more classes. Pacheco speaks frankly about yoga beyond just the poses in a way that's accessible and just feels real. I especially enjoyed the fact she's f ...more
Feb 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
So loved reading this book. I have recently completed my 230 HR Yoga Teacher Training and her book was a beautiful, readable summary of my complete training. I so appreciated how she level-set that the goal of yoga was not to become human pretzels for our instagram accounts. Yoga is so much more than action/movement and she describes each one the eight limbs of yoga in a way that is relatable and real. This book is oerfect for anyone who is interested in yoga; its foundation, philosophy and how ...more
Christina Gomez
Oct 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is real and down to earth for modern yoguis, or simply for people who want to be more present. It is about the physical aspects of yoga, yes, but also about the mental and spiritual (which should not be confused with religious). Reading this book gave me so much insight, for a person interested in yoga, but who does not practice on a regular basis, about everything yoga encompasses. A totally recommended book!
Anne Brogan
Feb 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is the real deal for those of us who couldnt even sit in a yoga position before reading. It offers a fresh approach to not only yoga but life. For me this wasn't a one time read, once done put back on the shelf. I keep my copy handy for quick reference regarding the power of breath, mindfulness, chakra use. Chock full of great info and written by a true Bostonian - no bull!
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