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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Wisdom Publications; 1 edition (Jan. 9 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0861713354
  • ISBN-13: 978-0861713356
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 2.5 x 25.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 930 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
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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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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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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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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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I started doing yoga last year as a way to stay more flexible. This book by Frank Jude Boccio's, Mindfulness Yoga interested me because I've been hearing a lot about Mindfulness meditation so I thought the two practices would go well together. Mindfulness Yoga presents the two disciplines as a single practice that enlivens the body, liberates the spirit, and awaken compassion, equanimity, and joy. His explanations are very clear and concise and gives me a better understanding of Buddhist teachings and yoga. This is also an easy and thorough introduction to meditation 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. Mindfulness Yoga will appeal to the many people who have an interest in yoga, Buddhism, and meditation, but who may not have been able to find a teacher who could bring these practices together in a meaningful, practical way.
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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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