Meditations from the Mat Book Review

The purpose of yoga is to create strength, awareness and harmony in both the mind and body.

While there are more than 100 different types, or schools, of yoga, most sessions are typically include breathing exercises, meditation, and assuming postures (sometimes called asana or poses) that stretch and flex various muscle groups.

Its has many benefits both mentally( helps a person manage stress, )
and physically (Increased flexibility,
Increased muscle strength and tone
Improved respiration, energy and vitality
Maintaining a balanced metabolism,Weight reduction,cardio and circulatory health,Improved athletic performance
,protection from injury).

Now,the book ‘Meditations From The Mat’ shows you how to meditate through some yoga.

In this review, i will take you through what the book is ,what it talks about,its cost and finally my thoughts about the book.

I will try all my best to give you every single detail about this book and if by any chance i do not tackle one of the things you really wanted,you can as well ask in the comments area and i will be happy to help you out .

Lets then,get started on this book’s review:

Name : Meditations from the Mat: Daily Reflections on the Path of Yoga

Author: Katrina Kenison and Rolf Gates

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Genre : Self Help Book

Language: English

Publisher : Anchor

Publication Date : December 3, 2002

Book length: 448

What It Is
This is a book that offers a way to integrate the mindfulness that yoga teaches into everyday life.

Gates synthesizes his experiences as a yoga student and teacher, former army ranger, and recovering alcoholic, and explores the practice of yoga in a fresh, relevant manner perfect for American readers.

He weaves stories of his own remarkable healing and growth with the yoga sutras of Patanjali, and provides illuminating and moving explanations of how yoga teachings apply to real-life situations.

With the help of accomplished writer Kenison, Gates succeeds in taking readers beyond the mat, and showing them how yoga works as a tool for transformation.

Rolf Gates is one of the leading voices of modern yoga. Rolf conducts Vinyasa Intensives and 200/500 Teacher Trainings throughout the US and abroad.

A former social worker and US Airborne Ranger who has practiced meditation for the last twenty years, Rolf brings his eclectic background to his practice and his teachings.

Born in Manhattan, Rolf Gates grew up in the Boston area as an avid marathon runner, long distance cyclist and champion wrestler.

As the descendant of six generations of ministers, he gained an understanding of service and dedication at a very early age.

Rolf and his work have now been featured in numerous magazines to include Yoga Journal, Natural Health and People Magazine and as one of
Travel and Leisures’ Top 25 Yoga Studios Around the World .

A frequent conference presenter, he was the Keynote Speaker at the 10th Annual Midwest Yoga Conference, IL. Rolf is also honored to be a contributor in the newly released Good Men Project: Real Stories from the Front Lines of Modern Manhood being featured nationally on television and in print to include Ron Reagan’s Air America , Fox and Friends, EXTRA and The Tyra Banks Show and more. (All proceeds from this project go to support groups working with men and boys at risk).

Rolf Gates is the co-founder of the Yoga + Recovery Conference, Esalen Institute, Big Sur CA and brought Yoga and Functional Stretching to the US Department of Defenses’ Tri- County Summit on Sustainability.

He is pleased to be working with the US Military on sustainable care for the troops and their families. Rolf also works weekly one on one with clients in his Yoga Life Coaching program.

Rolf now lives in Santa Cruz with his wife, Empowered Kids Yoga Teacher and Director, Mariam Gates, and two children, Jasmine and Dylan. He has become an avid surfer and puts his yoga to work on his board and as a husband and father.

Katrina Kenison is an American author of literary memoir and nonfiction about parenting, life stages, mindfulness, and simplicity.

Her first book, Mitten Strings for God: Reflections for Mothers in a Hurry , published in 2000, encourages parents of young children to restore balance and stillness to lives often spent on the run.
“Inspirational and life-affirming, it offers reminders of what is of lasting value, such as grace, love, tranquility.”.

In 2009 Kenison published The Gift of an Ordinary Day: A Mother’s Memoir, an exploration of the challenges and rewards of parenting adolescents.

Her memoir Magical Journey: An Apprenticeship in Contentment , to be published in January 2013, is a personal account of the losses and lessons of the second half of life.

Kenison is also the author, with Rolf Gates, of Meditations from the Mat: Daily Reflections on the Path of Yoga . A graduate of Smith College, she lives in New Hampshire with her husband, Steven Lewers, and is the mother of two grown sons.

She is a yoga instructor and a Reiki practitioner.”I’ve come to see paying attention as a spiritual practice,” Kenison says. “I write to remind myself that life’s seemingly mundane moments are often where we find beauty, grace, and transformation. When we race through life, we miss it.”

A former literary editor at Houghton Mifflin , Kenison published works by Olive Ann Burns, Calvin Trillin, Jane Hamilton, Donald Hall, Thomas Mallon, Bruce Duffy, and others.

She became the fourth series editor of the Best American Short Stories in 1990, a post she held through 2006.

She co-edited, with John Updike , The Best Short Stories of the Century (1999). Kenison’s work has appeared in O, the Oprah Magazine , Real Simple , Woman’s Day, Parenting, Family Fun, Health , and other publications.

What The Book Talks About
Lessons from the book:

The real payoff of a yoga practice, is not a perfect handstand or a deeper forward bend—it is the newly born self that each day steps off the yoga mat and back into life.

Yoga is asking us to pay attention to the nature of all of our relationships and to apply the yamas and the niyamas to them.

Whether it is our relationship to our breath, the bottoms of our feet, the ant crawling across the kitchen floor, our families, or to God, we are being asked to pay attention.

The aim of yogic practice is to free us from the endless distractions of the kleshas—fear, pride, desire, and ignorance—and to teach us to bring a focused mind to bear on the nature of our relationships. Our time spent on the mat is dedicated to that end.

Whenever we find ourselves ensnared in negative behavior, he suggests, we should increase the amount of time, thought, and energy we direct toward positive behavior.

We spend our days badgered by voices that tell us to judge others, fear others, harm others, or harm ourselves. But we are not obligated to listen to those voices, or even to take responsibility for them.

They may be where we come from, but they are not where we are going. There is another voice, a voice that shines. Ahimsa is the practice of listening to that voice of lightness, cultivating that voice, trusting that voice, acting upon that voice.

When nonviolence in speech, thought, and action is established, one’s aggressive nature is relinquished and others abandon hostility in one’s presence.

Love is not a thought, it is an action. And each loving action that we take infuses us with more energy for loving action in the future.

Best Place to Buy The Book

The best place I recommend you buy the book is on Amazon. The price there is fair and according to my research, it is the most trusted online store at the moment. It will also be very convenient for you to buy there if you were planning to do more online shopping today.

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My Thoughts
This is a great book with so much to teach you about how to meditate through yoga.


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