The Book of Awakening

One afternoon I was in my car listening to Oprah Radio and she was interviewing an author by the name of Mark Nepo.  He wrote a book called ‘The Book of Awakening’.  During the interview she accepted calls from listeners and one listener was a yoga teacher who reads this book to her students during Savasana.  She was a little emotional on the call and described how it affected her students and how moving each of the stories were.  This intrigued me so I immediately pulled out my i-phone and looked up the book for purchase on Amazon.  I was so excited to get this book and read it for myself and hopefully be able to share it with my students.  One of the most amazing things about yoga is the urge to want more of it whether that be spirtually or physically through the poses.  My goal is for each student to leave class feeling more in touch with themselves spirtually and physicially, ultimately taking those thoughts and feelings outside of yourself.  It sounds very deep but its really an experience hard to describe but it helps you create a greater appreciation for life.

If you want to learn more about the author here is a link to his website:

The Book of Awakening

The Book of Awakening

I love this Poem that he wrote titled ‘ Breaking Surface’

Let no one keep you from your journey,
no rabbi or priest, no mother
who wants you to dig for treasures
she misplaced, no father
who won’t let one life be enough,
no lover who measures their worth
by what you might give up,
no voice that tells you in the night
it can’t be done.

Let nothing dissuade you
from seeing what you see
or feeling the winds that make you
want to dance alone
or go where no one
has yet to go.

You are the only explorer.
Your heart, the unreadable compass.
Your soul, the shore of a promise
too great to be ignored.


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