Raw, adjective: 2. not having undergone processes of preparing, dressing, finishing, refining, or manufacture

Sunny morning
Stroll up Polk St.
Last night's make-up
Pint of black coffee (yes, a real pint glass)
Green grapes
Stack of yoga books
Inappropriately short skirt for 9:30 a.m.
Roos sneakers
Ratty old red sweater
Aging laptop

What more could a girl want on a Friday in spring?

USA Today featured Donna Karan the other day.  The DKNY fashion designer has donated a big chunk of change to new initiatives using yoga and meditation as alternative treatments for cancer.  Karan lost several beloveds to cancer.  I'd read about her interests in raw foods and yoga before, but am glad to see she's using her empathetic and financial resources to fund this kind of work.  No hard-hitting journalism to be found here - it's USA Today, people! - but it's a decent read nonetheless.  Look to see more of this happening as the Boomers age and oncologists fail to address the mind-body-spirit aspects of the cancer battle.

On that note, if you've any interest in further pursuing the notion of yoga as medicine (and you should), there are a few books I'm reading right now that I've been recommending to everyone I see.  Next time you're game to drop a few bucks at the bookstore, please do pick up
  • Dr. Timothy McCall's Yoga as Medicine: The Yogic Prescription for Health and Healing.  Quality, easy-to-read material on asanas, meditation, master teachers and history.  Read for a basic look into yoga as "a systematic technology to improve the body, understand the mind, and free the spirit."
  • Erich Schiffman's Yoga: The Spirit and Practice of Moving Into Stillness.  Great asana descriptions, photos, and pranayama techniques.  Nice appendix of yoga routines in the back of the book, as well.
  • Michael Stone's The Inner Tradition of Yoga: A Guide to Yoga Philosophy for the Contemporary Practitioner.  Read this one a few weeks ago and it's a really solid overview of basic yoga philosophy that doesn't get too lost in overwhelming Hindu metaphysics.  Check it out for a quick read (and short chapters - my favorite!).
I sort of thought it was obvious that yoga was rooted in a certain philosophical tradition.  Then the other day, I was chatting with a dude at this very coffee shop - a smart guy, no fool - and he was stunned to see the Stone book sitting on my table.  Couldn't believe that yoga was more than an asana system to be practiced at the gym alongside the barbells and the treadmills.

Really?!?  Wow.  There's definitely work to be done.


Jess(ica) said…
I have McCall's book and definitely agree with your assessment.

Thanks for the other recommendations! There are so many books on yoga out there, I only buy on recommendations now. I got burned by a couple less-than-stellar titles at the beginning.

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