“Find yourself and express yourself in your own particular way. Express your love openly. Life is nothing but a dream, and if you create your life with love, your dream becomes a masterpiece of art.”—Don Miguel Ruiz
What kind of yoga would you suggest for primarily staying in the present, to feel waves of joy, energy, and stamina? And any good yoga books that you would recommend?
anusara comes to mind first! but any kind— ‘kinds’ only being a necessity because there are so many kinds of folks practicing— will value all of those qualities. yoga is the practice of staying in the present— and the present is joy.
as for yoga books, I recommend light on yoga and tree of yoga by bks iyengar, yoga beyond belief by ganga white, or deep yoga: ancient wisdom for modern times by bhava ram (one of my most cherished teachers). swami satchidananda’s translation of the yoga sutras, as well as a good translation of the bhagavad gita and of the upanishads (I like juan mascaro, but do some research & go with yr intuition!) are also totally indispensable to practitioners & seekers of all traditions.
Out of curiosity - where do you work?/how do you get all this "free time" to do whatever you'd like to do?
I work at an organic food co-op. I average about 30-35 hrs a week, which leaves me more than enough free time to do almost anything I’d like to do but also gives me enough of an income (with full benefits) to stay rooted in my community. one of my resolutions for this year is to begin the process of making my own living independently (teaching yoga, sharing reiki healing, leading meditations and giving blessings, maybe learning massage, etc) so that I am selling less of my time to my employer and simply sharing the abundance of my heart with whomever may benefit from it. but I also really like what I’m doing right now— it’s sweet and it’s comfortable. as long as I’m connecting with people around me and being conduit to the grace and love that resides at the heart-space, I’m doing my work.
a propos ‘free time’: I just read today that the average american spends 8.5 hours in front of a screen each day. we all have the power to liberate all of our time— we only have so much of it, and the world outside is so freakin’ amazing. get out! you are free!