Google+

Yoga, Meditation and Spiritual Growth for the African-American Community

51RgCIfwD9LYoga, Meditation and Spiritual Growth for the African-American Community

by Daya Devi-Doolin

Amber Books

Paperback, $14.95

116 pages, Illustrated

ISBN: 978-1-937269-46-3

Book Review by Kam Williams

“This book is for you, the everyday person, the person who works, has a family (or not) and wants to stay stress-free, happy, fulfilled and healthy. This book will lead you, the yoga aspirant and participant, to that place.

It has a lovable and knowledgeable approach, as if the readers were right in my yoga studio at the Doolin Healing Sanctuary… You too can do
yoga regardless of where you are or how limited you are.

The main idea is that everyone can benefit from yoga and meditation, and can start to use it wherever they are in their life.”

— Excerpted from the Introduction (page vii)

Yoga has exploded in popularity around the country in recent years, as proven by the profusion of women youOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA see walking down the street everyday with a rolled-up rubber mat under their arms. The fad appears poised to take the black community by storm, with even hip-hop mogul-turned-yoga practitioner Russell Simmons becoming a vocal proponent of adopting a meditative Eastern path.

Another very dedicated advocate is Daya Devi-Doolin, co-founder with her husband, Chris, of the Doolin Healing Sanctuary located in Deltona, Florida. There, she not only teaches private and group yoga classes, but offers free sessions for abused women and military veterans.

Now, this spiritual sister shares her philosophy in Yoga, Meditation and Spiritual Growth for the African American Community, an easy-to-read how-to tome with easy-to-follow illustrated introduction aimed at beginners and also the young at heart. The book features photographs not of skinny contortionists, but of the author and some of her students who, as you’ll see, come in a variety of shapes and sizes.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThat lets you know that you don’t have to be lithe and limber like a runway model to assume such poses pictures as the Boat, the Butterfly, the Half Lotus, the Cow, the Chair, the Eagle, the Half Bridge, the Dancer, the Cobra, the Tree, the Spinal Twist, or my favorite, The Mountain (which looks the easiest). Why should the uninitiated even consider trying yoga? “For a new or a renewed body, mind and spirit,” Daya suggests.

Hatha yoga has been around for thousands of years, and is ostensibly beneficial in terms of maintaining youthfulness and flexibility. Furthermore, according to the yogini, our organs and endocrine glands as well as the skeletal, reproductive, circulatory and lymphatic systems are all “healed by the inversion asanas, stretching postures, back bend asanas and twisting asanas. “Asana,” by the way, is just a fancy Sanskrit word for position.

If Daya Devi-Doolin’s aim in penning this simple, self-help primer was to demystify yoga while making it appealing to the novice, then bulls-eye!

To learn more about the Doolin Healing Sanctuary, visit:http://www.padaran.com/index.html

To order a copy of Yoga, Meditation and Spiritual Growth for the African American Community, visit:

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1937269469/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

 

Entertainment

medical-simulation-top-10-400

Top Ten DVD List for June 30, 2015

  This Week’s DVD Releases by Kam Williams Top Ten DVD List for June 30, 2015                       Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00W3W2PI8/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20 While We're Young http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00XJJ5LK8/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20 The Decline of Western Civilization http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00V02H564/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20 Five Easy Pieces [Criterion … [Read More its Good for You...]

Books

Kelly Brown Douglas, Book Review, Kam Williams

Stand Your Ground ~ Black Bodies and the Justice of God

  Stand Your Ground Black Bodies and the Justice of God by Kelly Brown Douglas Orbis Books Paperback, $24.00 256 pages ISBN: 978-1-62698-109-6 Book Review by Kam Williams   “Why is it becoming increasingly acceptable to kill unarmed black children? Why are they so easily perceived as a threat? How are we to keep our black children safe? As the mother of a black male child, I find these to be urgent questions. The slaying of Trayvon [Martin] struck a nerve … [Read More its Good for You...]

Art

HI

Testing.. :-) … [Read More its Good for You...]

Real Estate

California, Raisin Farmers, 5th Amendment, artificially inflated raisin prices, New Deal-era marketing scheme, manipulation, consumer costs, the Taking Clause, federal government

Supreme Court Raisin Decision Could Affect Market

  Supreme Court Raisin Decision Could Affect Market By Burt Carey   By an 8-1 vote, the U.S. Supreme Court this week found in favor of a family of California raisin farmers, ruling that the Fifth Amendment’s Taking Clause applies to personal property just as it does real estate. At issue were the actions of the Raisin Administrative Committee, an extension of the Department of Agriculture, which required raisin farmers to turn over a portion of their … [Read More its Good for You...]

Lifestyle

4th of July, celebration, freedom, 'All American', patriotic, buy American, Made in the USA

The Red, White & Blue Lifestyle

  The Red, White & Blue Lifestyle ~ Amy Lignor   Yes, July 4th is upon us and events, fireworks, backyard picnics – everything is about to commence. This is the celebration of our freedom; the celebration of America, but the events – the décor that will be used for the 4th and the theory that we should keep things ‘All-American’ does not fade away when the fireworks stop flashing in the sky. As far as the holiday, itself, new ideas are coming out … [Read More it Good for You...]

Outdoors

StealthFX4_AD_950x650

Crossbows Tie Generations Together

  Crossbows Tie Generations Together by Ted Lund   Bud Hager had been bowhunting for nearly 50 years that cold, November morning eight years ago when he drew back on his compound bow. “I hadn’t warmed up or stretched or anything,” says Hager. “And all of the sudden, I felt something go.” That something was a rotator cuff. The 70-year-old West Virginian was afraid that his life-long love affair with hunting and the outdoors was being threatened … [Read More its Good for You...]

Sports

Centre_Court

An Unexpected Wimbledon?

An Unexpected Wimbledon? ~ Amy Lignor   As all sports lovers – and even those who are not – will say, when it comes to tennis there are specific names that roll off the tongue when looking at a true champion that can go onto any court made of any substance and whip the tails of all the other players. For the women, of course, the name is Serena Williams. However, now that Wimbledon has begun there are many who state she will not win. And, let’s face it, her … [Read More its Good for You...]

Business

California, Raisin Farmers, 5th Amendment, artificially inflated raisin prices, New Deal-era marketing scheme, manipulation, consumer costs, the Taking Clause, federal government

Supreme Court Raisin Decision Could Affect Market

  Supreme Court Raisin Decision Could Affect Market By Burt Carey   By an 8-1 vote, the U.S. Supreme Court this week found in favor of a family of California raisin farmers, ruling that the Fifth Amendment’s Taking Clause applies to personal property just as it does real estate. At issue were the actions of the Raisin Administrative Committee, an extension of the Department of Agriculture, which required raisin farmers to turn over a portion of their … [Read More its Good for You...]

Travel

Nashville, Tennessee, 3rd most affordable vacation destination, Music City, Independence Day, 4th of July Celebrations, last minute vacation

Nashville: One of the South’s Most Affordable Vacation Destinations

Nashville: One of the South’s Most Affordable Vacation Destinations By Burt Carey   Nashville has been turning out sweet tea and country music stars for generations and is still home to the iconic Grand Ole Opry. What you might find surprising is that it’s one of the most affordable summer vacation spots in the United States, according to US News & World Report Travel. In fact, Nashville was named the third most affordable destination behind Yellowstone … [Read More its Good for You...]

Google+