Tuesday, January 19, 2010

From Anna: It's All Yoga, Any Way You Slice It...

I'm so glad you mentioned finding inspiration in books! I just read something that was engaging and inspiring on every level and I must, must, must recommend to you and our readers: "The Brain That Changes Itself" by Norman Doidge. The book discusses neuroplasticity, which is essentially the brain's ability to change and grow. For instance, we see someone relearn how to move and speak after a devastating stroke, people who are able to overcome severe emotional disorders, even a woman who has only half a brain but is able to rewire it to function as a whole. Although the information is presented through a scientific (but readable) lens, the overlap between these concepts and and yogic principles will blow your mind.
It's all about breaking samskaras, using abyhasa and svadyhaha as the building blocks to cultivate change. Tapas - particularly in it's definition as 'the willingness to endure intensity for thesakself transformation' - has never been as evident as it is here. Pratipaksha Bhavanam is peeking out from behind every corner, and it all comes with a healthy side order of santosha. Except that the brilliant Dr. Doidge doesn't use any of those words. This is yoga without our yoga vocabulary - stories about the intricate link between our brain and our bodies, and how awareness must be the first step to any type of re-education.

It isn't preachy in the way these books can sometimes be - it's just plain fascinating. I was curious if anyone else noticed the obvious overlap between this book and yoga and the magical world of google yielded numerous results, my favorite being this. It also seems that Yoga Journal knows what's up.

Now I need to cultivate the diligence to wade through the Sutras again. But before I do, those design blogs you mentioned sound like an awfully good time...

Also, I've been meaning to ask - did you ever receive your light therapy device and how has it been working been so far?

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