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Hey, yoga nerds!
How do y'all feel about a little Book Club action?
Last night at our OMpower gathering with Off The Mat, I got to chatting with my old philosopher friend Gary about how much fun it'd be to launch a wee yoga book club. I've been flirting with this concept for awhile now, and you know, it's past time to make that happen.
Many of us — teachers, students, asana practitioners, and just folks with a particular curiosity for philosophy or religion — have participated in extensive teacher trainings, highly-structured academic programs, and whatnot over the years, but there's something to be said for building a monthly supported, informal practice of ongoing study into our lives, for creating the kind of intellectual sangha that reminds us to stay curious, to stay interested, to come at this yoga thing always and ever as beginners.
So let's do it, eh?
We can read flimsy, pop culture-style fiction that has ostensibly little to do with yoga; we can dig into thick philosophy texts; we can drool over beautiful illustrated works like Sanjay Patel's hip cartoon version of the Ramayana, pictured above; we can plumb the Sutras or the Upanishads themselves; we can dive into rabid anti-yoga treatises to better understand the practice we love with sharp, critical eyes. We can hit the vino hard or we can make it a chai/dessert kind of gig. It's pretty wide-open, kids.
I've got a few good ideas already taking root, but we'll really build it together, so if you've got favorite books, dishy topics or just general rad suggestions, please leave them in the comments below. And if you'd be interested in participating in a monthly salon-style gathering (whether in person or online), either leave your name, email address and any book titles you'd like to share in the comments below, or shoot me a private email with that same info at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Let's do this already.