Illuminating Our True Nature

Yogic Practices for Personal and Collective Healing

By Michelle Cassandra Johnson

- Paperback
Shambhala Publications
Pages: 208
Size: 6 x 9
ISBN: 9781645471875

Dissolve hurtful patterns and emotional hardship through the five yogic points of suffering, or kleshas, with powerful and practical meditations, mantras, asanas, reflection questions, and more, to reduce our suffering—and the suffering of others.

We all get stuck in hurtful patterns that continue to create more suffering in our lives. In yoga philosophy, these patterns are known as the five kleshas. In this wise, practical guide, Michelle Cassandra Johnson offers us a path toward developing a deeper understanding of them and how they hijack us emotionally.

The five kleshas are: ignorance (avidya); overidentification with ego (asmita); attachment to desire or pleasure (raga); aversion or avoidance (dvesha); and fear of death or letting go (abhinivesha).

Each one leads us to create tendencies and karma that move us away from realizing and remembering our true nature and seeing ourselves as separate from one another and the planet. In yogic terms, this perpetuates a constant cycle of pain for us all.

Johnson offers us a way to find a sense of clarity, groundedness, and equanimity within ourselves by working through the kleshas one-by-one using asana, pranayama, mudra, mantra, reflection questions, and meditation.

Readers will learn to:

  • deepen their connection with self and others;
  • look at their relationship and attachment to pleasure and aversion to discomfort;
  • notice more fully how their actions affect others;
  • meet each moment as it arises and ride the waves of life as they come;
  • and much more