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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: HarperOne; Reprint edition (Jan. 3 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061898058
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061898051
  • Product Dimensions: 18.7 x 1.7 x 23.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 386 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
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“Yogi Cameron is a wonderful teacher who can help all of us make conscious choices about our health and well-being.” (Tal Ronnen, author of The Conscious Cook)

“The Guru in You will gently guide you to a more conscious and meaningful life. I am impressed and inspired by Cameron’s profound wisdom. He’ll teach you how to lead a nourishing life by making wellness part of the superstar you truly are.” (Kris Carr, best-selling author, founder of

“The young Cameron Alborzian who came to train to become a yoga instructor at the NY Integral Yoga Institute has evolved into a master teacher of yoga and Ayurveda. His story of the journey is informative and fascinating.” (Coline Kali Morse, Director Teacher Training Programs, NY Integral Yoga Institute)

“Cameron’s journey has brought him down many paths, but the path that he has chosen, and the path that he walks is truly one that is spiritually elevating. This book and his life’s work is a map of the journey.” (Djimon Hounsou, actor)

“[A]n effective, brief introduction to yogic practice for the contemporary reader.” (Library Journal)

“Now, in his most recent incarnation as author of The Guru in You, the famously chiseled yogi helps readers curb the excess that can lead to suffering, not to mention unwanted pounds.” (

“Designed to fit into everyday life, the tools in this book help create change and allow readers to find their own paths. With personal stories and advice as well as photographs and exercises, this book offers readers the chance to discover their own healing potential.” (Taste for Life)

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The Guru in You invites you to embark on a journey to reconnect with your body and discover its natural ability to heal. The easy-to-follow program, guiding you to better health and happiness, offers diet, supplements, breathing exercises, and yoga tailored just for you.

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I was pleasantly surprised by the book. I have only recently known about Yogi Cameron and was willing to give his book a read. I must say that I loved the way it was clear, simple to read and so concise. Very beautiful and personal. I will read it again. Namaste
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As I explore my journey into Ayurvedic, Cameron is one of my ( guru's ) that I respect and listen to his wisdom. It is quite the journey he had before he became Yogi Cameron, but it was meant to be. The book explains all of my questions I had and more.
Thank you. Cameron
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I enjoyed this book. It is full of practical advice and common sense ideas to improve your health and your life.
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Not at all what I was expecting. Getting guru advise from a former superficial model is not my idea of enlightenment.
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67 of 78 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb3102e7c) out of 5 stars A Pretty Face Feb. 3 2011
By C. Henry - Published on
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Yogi Cameron is a gorgeous ex-model who has transitioned to teaching yoga and practicing ayurveda (which usually takes years to master and in which to qualify.) His clientele seems to be mainly female and wealthy and single--or rich and famous. He seems to be sincere, but the marketing machine here seems to be pushing his looks and charisma--makes one wonder about the actual spiritual depth of the guy, a subject he likes to talk about. There are SO many other, better, more complete yoga and ayurveda books out there. The core of his book offers a few simple yoga routines, some breathing, and some dietary advice based on dosha type, which can be had in any number of other books. Also, I fault the publisher for using very poor-quality paper and low-resolution photos--it's not a high end production by any means. If you're a Yogi Cameron fan, you'll enjoy the book as a keepsake or souvenir, and some might find some helpful beginning information. Of course I wouldn't turn down a personal session with the guy, but if you're serious, look elsewhere.
96 of 114 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa76500e4) out of 5 stars An authentic book from an authentic practitioner Jan. 17 2011
By NotSoBookish - Published on
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I picked this book on a whim, wanting to learn more about Yoga and Ayurveda (Indian system of holistic medicine) from an "outsider" looking "in" to get a varied and an unbiased perspective on the above philosophies. I was pleasantly surprised that Cameron turned his life around and made a conscious choice to walk away from a stellar modeling career and access to most material excess, to pursue a career focused on temperance, meditation, healing, and detachment.

The book consists of four parts:

Part One: The Path consists of
* The Material World and
* Setting Your Intention.

Part Two: The Foundation consists of
* The Practice of Nonviolence (kindness toward ourselves and others),
* The Practice of Detachment (Allowing what nature intends for us), and
* Letting Go of Excess (Knowing when enough is enough).

Part Three: Expression consists of
* Posture Practice and the Pursuit of Inner Beauty,
* The Breath,
* Living the Ayurveda Way, and
* Practices for Building Awareness.

Part Four: Union describes
* how to put is all into practice - with clear examples showing how the above theory and postures and holistic way of healing could be made part of life, followed by an Appendix of case-study examples.

The book is succinct and well-written. It reads like a friendly conversation, but it is still substantial and makes you introspect. The exercises are described in an audience-friendly manner and with corresponding photographs. There are well-drawn examples to accompany each new aspect of the pose/breathing/following the foundational practices. Cameron has sprinkled the book with personal anecdotes as well as his sense of humor and has presented the book in a humble manner that makes it even more accessible for anyone.

My personal experience with the book: From just following the sections on The Practice of Nonviolence (kindness toward ourselves and others) and The Practice of Detachment (Allowing what nature intends for us) alone - neither are what they seem at first and have much wider reach than just what goes into your diet, etc., I have achieved transformations which have brought a greater degree of peace and grace in my life.
27 of 33 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa7650324) out of 5 stars Entertaining but Disappointing April 14 2011
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There is nothing new in this book as far as health secrets go unless you consider drinking warm glasses of water insightful. The author is somewhat too genuine in his fervor for the guru lifestyle that leads one to believe he is merely interested in selling books which he dose well as the book is well written and entertaining. It's an easy read but once done you really don't come away with anything of value except a delightful yarn about a guy who became a self proclaimed guru. Nothing harmful but then again not much useful information.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa76504c8) out of 5 stars An Easy Read With A Great Payoff Feb. 8 2011
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Yogi Cameron has succeeded in introducing the Ayurvedic way of life in a most palatable way. Everything he teaches makes sense and the story of his journey makes it all the more real. Introducing a 5000 year old system for healing is a daunting task, but Yogi Cameron encourages starting with small steps. I took some and it was great. The Guru In You is so accessible that it covers up the intensity of the experience that it offers. I am reading it again and am fine tuning some of the steps that I have taken and am adding some new ones. It has been a very positive experience.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa765039c) out of 5 stars Difficult to take him seriously June 26 2012
By VeganTalk - Published on
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I can't tell if the angle was written as a result of what the publisher wanted, or if it was all the author. Also the term "Yogi" as his title may be accurate, but it seems like a stretch for his age and experience. It reads like a string of name-dropping celebrity stories and accolades, followed by messages like don't get attached to material things. There is a small selection of yoga postures. But the explanations, how to assume the poses were glossed over. When you're learning yoga on a basic level, it's nice to have an over-explanation rather than an under-explanation. Even though they were what I'd call simple poses. And there is a limit on what a photo can visually explain. I think a hardcore yoga instructor would know where the confusion starts and how to correct and explain. But someone who is basically a student would not. Having said all of this, the book could have worked if it were angled differently. I would have enjoyed it as a discussion of this person who was a model, got older and couldn't maintain the same lifestyle but made improvements -- and this is the journey. A "personality." The type of person who is interested in spiritual and mental growth would be off put by the lack of substance. The people who are serious about yoga would find it too lightweight. I'm trying to think of a type of person who would benefit from this book, but the conflicting messages seem to make it mismatch for anyone. Maybe people who like celebrities/models and have been thinking about yoga, as a type of introduction. There also appeared to be no substance on his close personal relationships, other than friends. But when you're dealing with deep, spiritual issues, you can't leave out discussion of your partner/spouse - like walking around a crater. Unless the message is, single and celibate is the way to go.