Mindful Yoga, Mindful Life
A longtime yoga teacher and Buddhist meditation practitioner, Charlotte Bell describes in passionate detail how she applied the eightfold path of the Yoga Sutras and the Buddha’s heed for mindfulness to her hectic Western life—with practicality and precision, grace and guts.
Her insights honor these timeless teachings while staying relevant to contemporary life. She recounts personal stories that depict her commitment to practice in her own life: in relationships, music, asana, meditation, teaching, and even writing this book. And it's not all rosy. She writes about self-doubt and struggles, all while welcoming, time and again, the life she has, imperfections and all.
Charlotte Bell shows by example how to be a yogi in the particularity of your own life. Her suggestions about how to bring mindfulness into asana will deepen your practice; her recommended daily practices, or Reflections, will reveal new inner landscapes. Mindful Yoga, Mindful Life is an inspiring guide for anyone seeking to live a yogic life.
"Yoga students everywhere will be grateful for Charlotte Bell's thoughtful guidance through the path of classical yoga. Her book is packed with stories that help us make sense of the sometimes-complex teachings of this ancient technique—and the practical quality of her wisdom is irresistable." —Stephen Cope, author of The Wisdom of Yoga: A Seeker's Guide to Extraordinary Living
"In Mindful Yoga, Mindful Life, Charlotte Bell weaves in her deep personal life experiences to give the reader a comprehensive guide to a spiritual practice that is captivating and down to earth. With her many years of yoga practice and vipassana meditation, she comprehensively compares Patanjali's Yoga Sutras, including the eight limbs of yoga, with Buddhist philosophy and shows how each philosophy and practice support each other. Charlotte also has an extensive musical background and brings a lyrical quality into her writing that is creative and compelling. I highly recommend this book to my students and all students of yoga who want to explore yoga in all walks of their lives." —Elise Browning Miller, coauthor of Yoga: Anytime, Anywhere
"Mindful Yoga, Mindful Life is an open invitation to bring yoga to your life. Drawing on her many years of yoga study, Charlotte Bell presents its core teachings, artfully weaving in personal stories from her own journey. Part memoir, part instruction, the result is a warm and accessible guidebook to be sampled, savored, and shared. Receive this book as a gift, whether you are just beginning yoga or have been on the path for years." —Yael Calhoun, coauthor of Create a Yoga Practice for Kids: Fun, Flexibility, and Focus
"In this intensely personal book, Charlotte Bell's life stories flow seamlessly into a thoughtful discussion of the yoga philosophy that has shaped and supported her daily life for decades. While seemingly simple, the book radiates wisdom, humor, and hope. Highly recommended for [students of] all levels of yoga." —Judith Hanson Lasater, PhD, PT, author of A Year of Living Your Yoga