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Misadventures of a Garden State yogi : my humble quest to heal my colitis, calm my ADD, and find the key to happiness /

by Leaf, Brian.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Novato, Calif. : New World Library, c2012Description: xvi, 243 p. ; 23 cm.ISBN: 9781608681365 (pbk. : alk. paper) :; 160868136X (pbk. : alk. paper).Title notes: $14.95 prolam 3-2013 (db)Subject(s): Leaf, Brian | Yoga -- Health aspects
Contents:
Preface: The rolling incident -- Turning on -- Touring -- Training -- Epilogue: Most real.
Summary: As a college freshman business major suffering from a variety of anxiety-related maladies, Leaf stumbled into an elective: yoga. It was 1989. All his classmates were female. But yoga soothed and calmed Leaf as nothing else had. As his tale shows, Leaf embarked on a quest for health and happiness, visiting yoga studios around the country and consulting Ayurvedic physicians, swamis, and even (accidentally) a prostitute.
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As a college freshman business major suffering from a variety of anxiety-related maladies, Brian Leaf stumbled into an elective: yoga. It was 1989. All his classmates were female. And men did not yet generally cry, hug, or do yoga." But yoga soothed and calmed Leaf as nothing else had. As his hilarious and wise tale shows, Leaf embarked on a quest for health and happiness - visiting yoga studios around the country and consulting Ayurvedic physicians, swamis, and even (accidentally) aprostitute. Twenty-one years later, he teaches yoga and meditation and is the beloved founder of a holistic tutoring center that helps students whose ailments he once shared.

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Preface: The rolling incident -- Turning on -- Touring -- Training -- Epilogue: Most real.

As a college freshman business major suffering from a variety of anxiety-related maladies, Leaf stumbled into an elective: yoga. It was 1989. All his classmates were female. But yoga soothed and calmed Leaf as nothing else had. As his tale shows, Leaf embarked on a quest for health and happiness, visiting yoga studios around the country and consulting Ayurvedic physicians, swamis, and even (accidentally) a prostitute.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Preface: The Rolling Incident (p. xiii)
  • Book 1 Turning on
  • Chapter 1 Moooola Bannnda (p. 3)
  • Chapter 2 Six-Packs (p. 9)
  • Chapter 3 Chicken Sandwiches (p. 15)
  • Chapter 4 Belly Down (p. 19)
  • Chapter 5 O'Malley's Mushroom Caps (p. 31)
  • Chapter 6 Kripalu Yoga (p. 37)
  • Book 2 Touring
  • Chapter 7 Tea with Oskar (p. 45)
  • Chapter 8 Fearless, Honest, Relaxed (p. 49)
  • Chapter 9 Ruby's (p. 53)
  • Chapter 10 Jerry Garcia (p. 63)
  • Chapter 11 Flatulence (p. 71)
  • Chapter 12 The Yamas and Niyamas (p. 75)
  • Chapter 13 Jemez (p. 81)
  • Chapter 14 White Sands (p. 87)
  • Chapter 15 Sedona, Arizona (p. 99)
  • Chapter 16 Belting Out the Bhagavad Gita (p. 103)
  • Chapter 17 San Francisco (p. 111)
  • Chapter 18 Ayurveda Revisited (p. 117)
  • Book 3 Training
  • Chapter 19 Cotton Swabs (p. 123)
  • Chapter 20 5:25 AM (p. 133)
  • Chapter 21 Catharsis (p. 137)
  • Chapter 22 Mom and Dad's (p. 143)
  • Chapter 23 What Would Joshua Do? (p. 147)
  • Chapter 24 ADD (p. 153)
  • Chapter 25 Shaktipat (p. 163)
  • Chapter 26 Urine Therapy Virgin (p. 167)
  • Chapter 27 Silence (p. 177)
  • Chapter 28 My Anger Mattress (p. 181)
  • Chapter 29 SLP (p. 191)
  • Chapter 30 Becoming Most Real (p. 201)
  • Chapter 31 What Now? (p. 211)
  • Epilogue: Most Real (p. 215)
  • Author's Note (p. 219)
  • Acknowledgments (p. 221)
  • Appendix 1 Sample Yoga Practice (p. 223)
  • Appendix 2 Sun Salutation (p. 227)
  • Appendix 3 Meditation (p. 229)
  • Appendix 4 Colistening (p. 233)
  • Appendix 5 Guided Relaxation (p. 235)
  • Appendix 6 Ayurvedic Constitutional Survey (p. 237)
  • Appendix 7 Ayurvedic Recommendations (p. 241)
  • About the Author (p. 243)

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Library Journal Review

In 1989, not many people-especially men-did yoga, but Leaf (McGraw-Hill's Top 50 Skills for a Top Score) didn't let that stop him from taking a yoga class as an elective in his freshman year of college. Almost immediately, he became a yoga zealot. After a lifetime of stress, anxiety, and colitis, the deep relaxation that yoga provides was a welcome relief. This memoir follows Leaf as he explores yoga and various related practices including Ayurveda, meditation, energy healing, and more. The numerous pop culture references (e.g., a comparison of his first yoga teacher's beard to Zach Galifianakis's in The Hangover; a cathartic shouting scene referencing Cameron in Ferris Bueller's Day Off) set his story firmly in the 1990s through the present. He focuses on the humor of his experiences, often revealing embarrassing details, but he also offers advice at the end of most chapters. Several appendixes explain the basics of yoga and meditation. VERDICT Anyone with an interest in transformational memoirs and open to New Age ideas will gravitate to this story.-Mindy Rhiger, Mackin Educational Resources, Minneapolis (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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