The Must-Read Book Club
Christie Roe: This was recommended by a teacher for the practical focus on pranayama and balancing the so-called subtle body.
YCNYC: Favorite quote?
CR: "Thus, in solitude, having clearly understood yoga which is born in solitude, and is the cause for freedom in all beings, having given up worldly bondage, Gargi entered a solitary place in the forest with complete happiness."
(It's of course unusual for a woman of her time/place to be regarded as equal to (Brah)man, forget capable of attaining freedom, but in the end Gargi makes it all happen. Sweet.)
YCNYC: What one person would you recommend this book to?
CR: Any One yoga student interested in sound, vibration, translation, breath, and the many ancient and radical ways to navigate the web of relationships therein.
YCNC: What moment or part resonates with you the most?
CR: When Yajnavalkya teaches his wife Gargi about the bija mantras, he mentions, almost as an aside, that mantra is most potent when practiced silently. Little practice nuggets like that throughout spoke to my experience.
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