Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Book Review: Misadventures of a Garden State Yogi by Brian Leaf

Let me start, with full disclosure. 

I know Brian Leaf.  He lives in my community.  I've shared potluck meals with him and his family.  Our kids have even done Yoga together.  But now I know Brian Leaf.  After reading his book, I feel like I've been on an adventure with him. Learning about real life while traveling in a converted 1990 Toyota Previa minivan, and holding my sides because they hurt so much from laughing.   Honestly, my facial muscles have gotten a good workout while reading the book because I've been chuckling to myself all through it.

Misadventures of  a Garden State Yogi  highlights the many ups and downs of Leaf's journey as he quested for a connection. A connection to yoga, to health, to spirituality, and to happiness.  Through much experimentation and exploration he finds just what he is looking for. And what he finds is beautiful (most of the time).

Leaf's writing is interspersed with gleeful tangents that closely mirror what goes on in my mind when meditating.  I'm thinking about my breath, which reminds me I should be feeling my breath, which reminds me of a funny story about my Aunt Sally's breath.  Really, it's all connected. And Leaf does a beautiful job of showing the interconnectedness of everything.  Even something like Aunt Sally's breath. 

This book highlights how each of us is on a spiritual journey.  And it's okay.  It's okay to not know, it's okay to explore, and it's okay to not always be at your best.  It's about the journey.  Being in the present moment and finding those keys that truly can unlock your heart and set you free. 

Leaf found his set of keys.  Start finding yours at http://www.misadventures-of-a-yogi.com/. 

Be Well,

p.s. There's even a trailer!


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