2014 in Books- January

1. Autobiography of a Yogi– This book is the autobiography of Paramahansa Yogananda, the man credited with bringing yoga to the West. He not only gives an account of his life, but also the stories of other notable yogis.

It took me awhile to get through this book. I had to stop every few pages to let it all sink in. There was some mind-blowing content and I was not sure what I thought about it…I still cannot say that I 100% “get it” all. I know I need to re-read this book a few times, in order to digest it.

Fortunately, this was my book club’s pick for the month. My book club is mostly comprised of fellow yogis, so it was nice to try to grapple with this book, amongst others with similar yoga interests.

I am very interested in visiting the Self-Realization Fellowship now, the organization established by Yogananda. Has anyone ever visited?

2. Working With Your Chakras– This was a short, but comprehensive overview of the chakras and various methods of opening and closing them. Meditations are provided in each chapter to guide the reader through their chakras.

I really liked that this book gave case studies and tangible examples of chakras being too open or closed, under or over developed. This gave me a more concrete understanding of a subject that can often come across as esoteric.

3. We Are Water– I have yet to read a Wally Lamb book that I do not love. His character development is so rich and I love all the background he gives to convey a true understanding to the readers of all the angles of the characters.

This book is about an artist, Annie Oh, who leaves her husband for a woman after decades of marriage. The book takes place just before her wedding, but it is about SO much more than the wedding itself. It is about how the past can effect the present, family dynamics, dysfunction, healing and much more.

I flew through the book and thoroughly enjoyed it.

What did you read in January?

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