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Mindfulness Yoga: The Awakened Union of Breath, Body, and Mind [Paperback]

Frank Jude Boccio , Georg Feuerstein
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Book Description

Jan. 9 1993
This groundbreaking book introduces an entirely new form of yoga, Mindfulness Yoga, which seamlessly integrates the Buddha's teachings on the Four Foundations of Mindfulness with traditional asana yoga practice. Mindfulness Yoga emphasizes the spiritual side of yoga practice, an aspect often overlooked in a culture that tends to fixate solely on the physical benefits of yoga. Unlike any other Buddhism-meets-yoga book, Mindfulness Yoga presents the two disciplines as a single practice that brings health to the body and liberates the mind and spirit, awakening compassion and fostering equanimity and joy. Author Frank Jude Boccio offers a superb and lively introduction to the Buddha's teachings and locates them within the larger context of the Indian spiritual traditions, then offers three complete Mindfulness Yoga sequences, including over 100 pictures, with detailed guidance for body, breath, and mind. Special lay-flat binding makes this book even more useful as a practice aid.

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This book by yoga teacher and mindfulness meditator Boccio offers a welcome and ambitious synthesis that is unevenly executed. Relating the Indian sage Patanjali's teachings on yoga to Buddhist teachings, the author invites practitioners of yoga and meditation to experience yoga's asanas, or poses, as occasions for mindfulness meditation. This relationship is both novel and logical. Buddhism grew from Hindu-yoga roots, and yoga, certainly as understood in America, could use a greater appreciation of its spiritual significance. Following a discussion of Buddhist teachings grounded on some central discourses (sutras) and heavily indebted to Vietnamese Zen monk Thich Nhat Hanh, who supplies a foreword, Boccio provides four sequences of poses. The sequences generally repeat poses but are intended to lead the student to new understandings of those poses, thus encouraging growth in the discipline of yoga. As can be the case with yoga texts, this one has problems with its pictures. When poses are given in sequence, the accompanying sequence of pictures can be hard to follow, because not all steps are illustrated. Also, the instructions are not always obvious ("lift your sitting bones up as you drape your torso over your legs"). Because this book tries to do so much, it's not for beginning yoga students or meditators, but those with established practices may benefit from seeing the postures in a surprising and more spiritual light.
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"EDITOR'S CHOICE! Boccio shows that Buddhist practice is itself a form of yoga, presenting a meditational approach to asana practice." (Yoga Journal)

"A must-have for all mindfulness practitioners who also practice or teach yoga. " (The Mindfulness Bell)

"The author invites practitioners of yoga and meditation to experience yoga's poses as occasions for mindulness meditation. This relationship is both novel and logical. .. A welcome and ambitious synthesis. " (Publishers Weekly)

"I highly recommend this book...elegant, lucid, astonishingly comprehensive, thoroughly accessible, designed -- refreshingly -- for real human beings! Bravo!" (Stephen Cope, senior Kripalu Yoga teacher and author of Yoga and the Quest for the True Self)

"It's about time somebody wrote this!" (Jon Kabat-Zinn, author of Wherever You Go, There You Are)

"In Mindfulness Yoga, Frank Boccio inspires us to join those who have walked the integrated path of yoga and mindfulness with a true teacher's voice of clarity, compassion and common sense." (Cyndi Lee, author of OM Yoga and founder of OM Yoga Center)

"A terrific book for both meditators and new yoga students. Highly recommended." (Josh Baran, author of 365 Nirvana Here and Now)

"Clear, intelligent, and much-needed. I'm delighted Frank Jude Boccio wrote this book. I now have something to recommend to my students." (Larry Rosenberg, Founder of the Cambridge Insight Meditation Center and author of Breath by Breath)

"A wonderful and invaluable book!" (Wendy Cook, Yeshe Yoga instructor and director of Kurukulla Center for Tibetan Buddhist Studies)

"Boccio reminds us to focus not just on the physical postures but also on what they teach us about the deepest truth of our lives. This is a welcome approach at a time when yoga is too often seems as just another way to get fit. ... The most erudite of the recent offerings."-- (Tricycle)

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THROUGH ARCHAEOLOGICAL EVIDENCE, we are now beginning to understand that the Indus/Sarasvati civilization, located in the northwest of the subcontinent of what is modern-day India, prospered as far back as 6500 B.C.E. and reached its maturity between 3100 B.C.E. and 1900 B.C.E. Read the first page
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mindfulness Yoga: April 11 2004
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I still consider myself a newcomer to yoga, having practiced semi-regularly for 3 years. Frank Jude Boccio's book, Mindfulness Yoga helped me make the distinctions between yoga practice and its origins and Buddhist traditions which heretofore I had lumped together in my Western mind as "same." He then goes on to demonstrate how the two cultural traditions intersect and work together in harmony for both meditation and asana practice. Boccio manages to give us the "Cliff Notes" explanation that is concise and clear and provides the reader with a basic overview of the historical and philosophical tenets of Buddhist teachings and how they relate to yoga practice. He also offers an easy and thorough introduction to meditation practice. The last section includes a series of asana sequences to practice which are thoroughly and imaginatively explicated. Mindfulness Yoga is chock full of information tempered with personal antecdotes and practical examples that make the material accessible and help us understand how to bring the Practice into all facets of daily living. His engaging writing style is informative and at times funny and lighthearted (Car Alarm Dharma, for example). I would recommend this book to anyone who's starting yoga or is a current practictioner and wants to understand more deeply the philosophical/spiritual aspect of the practice as well as the Sanskrit and Buddhist terminology.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Frank's Book March 24 2004
By alyssa
Format:Paperback
I am a student of Frank Jude Boccio's at Jai Ma Yoga Center in New Paltz, NY so I guess I am slightly biased . . . However, if you aren't lucky enough to have Frank as a teacher, pick up this book and you will feel as though he is there with you. The teachings in this book expand beyond the Western notion of what "yoga" is (that is, a way to lose weight, etc) and really get to the heart of the teachings. The writing is clear and concise and personal--you can really identify with the things Frank writes about. And for anyone who wants an understanding of Buddhism, and how Buddhism and yoga can go hand in hand, this is the book for you. I highly recommend it. Om Shanti.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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Ce livre de F.J. Boccio est une addition nécessaire à toute personne voulant approfondir son expérience et compléter ses connaissances concernant les relations entre la philosophie bouddhiste, la pratique de la méditation Vipassana et la philosophie du yoga. Bien écrit, souvent humoristique, Boccio nous illustre d'abord les liens historiques et philosophiques entre le yoga hindouiste, surtout celui de Patanjali, et le bouddhisme. Il explique comment le Bouddha a développé sa technnique de méditation et la possibilité de transformation intérieure qu'elle procure. Il explique par de nombreux exemples (parfois tirés de sa propre expérience)comment on peut accéder à cet état en préparant son corps avec différentes séquences d'asanas simples. Il jette un éclairage nouveau sur le rôle des postures du Hatha Yoga comme aide à la pratique de la méditation en développant une série de postures en photos simples et de bonne qualité. Le tout est aussi ponctué d'exemples d'applications à sa vie de tous les jours. C'est à mon avis le meilleur livre de synthèse sur la relation entre les pratiques de méditations bouddhistes et la philosophie yoguique dont elles sont historiquement issues.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read! Feb. 12 2012
By KahloC
Format:Paperback
This book is an excellent overview of Buddhist and Hindu yoga philosophies and gives those new to yoga or seasoned yogis/yoginis a great reference to the purpose of their practice.
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mindfulness Yoga: April 11 2004
By Jennifer S. Mobley - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I still consider myself a newcomer to yoga, having practiced semi-regularly for 3 years. Frank Jude Boccio's book, Mindfulness Yoga helped me make the distinctions between yoga practice and its origins and Buddhist traditions which heretofore I had lumped together in my Western mind as "same." He then goes on to demonstrate how the two cultural traditions intersect and work together in harmony for both meditation and asana practice. Boccio manages to give us the "Cliff Notes" explanation that is concise and clear and provides the reader with a basic overview of the historical and philosophical tenets of Buddhist teachings and how they relate to yoga practice. He also offers an easy and thorough introduction to meditation practice. The last section includes a series of asana sequences to practice which are thoroughly and imaginatively explicated. Mindfulness Yoga is chock full of information tempered with personal antecdotes and practical examples that make the material accessible and help us understand how to bring the Practice into all facets of daily living. His engaging writing style is informative and at times funny and lighthearted (Car Alarm Dharma, for example). I would recommend this book to anyone who's starting yoga or is a current practictioner and wants to understand more deeply the philosophical/spiritual aspect of the practice as well as the Sanskrit and Buddhist terminology.
21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Frank's Book March 24 2004
By alyssa - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I am a student of Frank Jude Boccio's at Jai Ma Yoga Center in New Paltz, NY so I guess I am slightly biased . . . However, if you aren't lucky enough to have Frank as a teacher, pick up this book and you will feel as though he is there with you. The teachings in this book expand beyond the Western notion of what "yoga" is (that is, a way to lose weight, etc) and really get to the heart of the teachings. The writing is clear and concise and personal--you can really identify with the things Frank writes about. And for anyone who wants an understanding of Buddhism, and how Buddhism and yoga can go hand in hand, this is the book for you. I highly recommend it. Om Shanti.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exactly what a yogi needs to know Oct. 19 2007
By A. Dearry - Published on Amazon.com
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I've been doing yoga for about 5 years and began to become more interested in why we do yoga, in its spirtual underpinnings if you will. This book perfectly addresses that topic. There's an excellent description of yoga's origins and relationship to Buddhism. Moreover, it's a great tool to turn yoga asanas and movement into "moving meditation." Even in vinyasa-power yoga, there's a lot we can learn about and practice to enhance mind-body-spirit connection. This book does an outstanding job of informing the new or experienced yogi about how to gain more insight into what we really want to achieve from yoga.
16 of 21 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good premise, average execution Dec 11 2007
By Richard Smith - Published on Amazon.com
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A very interesting premise that is well presented -- until you get to the Yoga sequences.

The sequences are very basic and very repetitive -- with the same photographs being used over and over again.

In short, there are better books on the practice of Mindfulness and there are better books on Yoga practice.

If you want both in one book, then this one is OK. Although, personally, I'd recommend Erich Schiffman's "Yoga: The Spirit and Practice of Moving Into Stillness" over this one.

My copy of Schiffmann's book is well thumbed. But I doubt that I will pull "Mindfulness Yoga" off my bookshelf too many more times.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buddhism and hatha yoga May 16 2007
By P. J. Lewis - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a must read for yoga practitioners who want to expand and deepen their knowledge of Buddhism and its relationship to hatha yoga practice.
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