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— November 15, 2017

Yoga as a Life Template

  • The Yoga Lifestyle
  • By Doron Hanoch
  • www.llewellyn.com
  • @LlewellynBooks
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For some people, yoga is another fitness alternative like weight lifting or running. For Doron Hanoch, discovering yoga was part of an answer to “the search for a reason to live and an understanding of who I was.” What Hanoch found was a way to take yoga, with its emphasis on flow and flexibility, beyond the mat and make it an approach to living. “The goal of the flexitarian is to be happy and content,” he writes in The Yoga Lifestyle: Using the Flexitarian Method to Ease Stress, Find Balance & Create a Healthy Life. “There cannot be any one diet, any one yoga style or one sequence that will suit us all the time.”

The heart of Ayurveda, India’s traditional medicine, is the vata/ pitta/kapha dosha system, in which each person is seen in terms of these three basic body/mind constitutions that must be kept in equilibrium for optimal well-being. Hanoch helps the reader determine his or her own VPK classification and what potential problems that represents. For example, if someone is mostly a slow, deliberate kapha, they’re prone to become a total couch potato subject to not only weight gain and fatigue but also, as Hanoch puts it, “trouble getting motivated and be[ing] resistant to change even when you know it is the right thing for you.” That person can then craft a kapha-balancing lifestyle based on the four main elements of Hanoch’s system—the poses of physical yoga, yogic breathwork, nutrition and diet, and mind training—each of which is discussed in extensive detail.

“I have been asking questions about existence since I was a kid,” Hanoch says. If that describes you too, The Yoga Lifestyle may help you find some answers of your own.

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