Mudras for Healing and Transformation – A must have new book for every Yogi

This month Ive had the pleasure of helping Joseph Le Page and Lillian Le Page release and market their new book, Mudras for Healing and Transformation. This new collaborative work articulates the depth of mudras in a form easy to understand and apply. Emerging out of their extensive background and training in the Five Koshas, the authors offer readers access to over one hundred mudras that explore the physical dimension, the subtle body, balancing of the mind and emotions, support on the journey of spiritual awakening, and tapping into their inherent spiritual nature.

Amy Weintraub, founding director of the LifeForce Yoga Healing Institute, author of Yoga Skills for Therapists and Yoga for Depression states, “Yoga Mudras for Healing and Transformation has the potential to change the face of the way most yoga is practiced in the West from its emphasis on what in India is referred to as “physical culture,” to a practice that has as its aim a fully realized life.

The authors have created a text rich in ancient philosophy, blended with a modern-day approach to understanding and use of the science of mudras for healing. The book breaks down the complexity of each mudra through step-by-step instructions. Easy-to-use breakout boxes, for each mudra, include: core quality, benefits, cautions, instructions, and mudras with similar effects. Illustrations throughout help bring further awareness to alignment within the systems of the body, elements activated, doshas, prana vayus, and chakras.

Going beyond mudras to address the entire spectrum of healing, the authors accompany each mudra with a beautiful guided meditation to deepen awareness and the energetic affect of each. These timeless meditations are a perfect complement to the overall flow of the book and will be enjoyed by readers and practitioners alike, from any spiritual tradition.

Over one hundred mudras united with over one hundred meditations make this a must-have text and tool for any yoga therapist, teacher, yoga school or healing professional. The book is available on-line at the authors website at www.iytyogatherapy.com. The authors will also be releasing a mudra deck and companion CD.

About the Book
Mudras for Healing and Transformation
272 pages, hardcover, 120 illus., b/w and color, 8 1/2 by 11 in.
Illustrations by: Sergio Rezek and Carlos Eduardo Barbosa
ISBN# 978-0-9744303-4-0
Publication date: June 1, 2013; List price: $29.95
Integrative Yoga Therapy
477 Petaluma Ave, Sebastopol, CA 95472
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About the Authors
Joseph Le Page is the founder and director of Integrative Yoga Therapy (IYT) and a pioneer in Yoga therapy training programs. IYT, a leader in the Yoga therapy field since 1993, is the result of Josephs life experiences, his training as a Kripalu Yoga teacher and his masters degree work in experiential education, along with his lifelong interest in mind-body health. Joseph is also the founder and director of Enchanted Mountain Yoga Center in Brazil, which is one of the largest Yoga centers in South America.

Lilian Le Page has practiced Yoga for 23 years and has been teaching for 18. She graduated from the four-year teacher training program of Swami the Bhagavad Vayuananda in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She also completed the three-year Vedanta study course on Gita from Vidyamandir, associated with Arsha Vidya Gurukulam.

Joseph Le Page and Lillian Le Page are also the authors of Yoga Teachers Box. Joseph Le Page has also authored Healing Tools 3 CD Set and Loka Samasta Sukino Bavantu music CD.

Submitted by:
Nancy Levenson, Founder of NamasteWorks Yoga + Wellness, 500 E-RYT 1,000 PYT Nancy is the Program Director for Integrative Yoga Therapy, 200HR Teacher Training in Colorado and offers private yoga therapy, workshops and Free Yoga in the Park, Highlands Ranch.

This first appeared on the YTOC page in 2013.

Review of “HELL BENT” BY BENJAMIN LORR

First time author and yoga teacher, Benjamin Lorr, published “Hell Bent:  Obsession, Pain, and the Search for Something Like Transcendence in Competitive Yoga” in 2012.

If you have not read this book, it is great insight into competitive yoga, but even more so into the world of Bikram yoga and into Bikram Choudury himself.  Benjamin Lorr took the Bikram teacher training and provides a detailed description of what transpired in the nine weeks of total immersion to learn Bikram yoga, including memorizing dozens of pages of scripts that must be used when teaching a Bikram class.

A mostly even-handed look at Bikram and competitive yoga through the majority of the book, it is a fascinating read.  The one concept throughout the entire book that Lorr did not explore was that of ahimsa.