This remarkable book, First There is a Mountain: A Yoga Romance by Elizabeth Kadetsky chronicles her time in India studying meditation yoga with renowned yoga teacher, B.K.S. Iyengar.
New Light on Yoga
Excerpt from a review at Amazon by Malcolm McLean, RYT:
“Here is a powerful tale of a yogi’s quest for truth – the truth of her own life, revealed in her own body, accessed and then uplifted though yoga.
“The truth of her guru BKS Iyengar, clouded in legend and rivalries, and here pierced with the eye of a conscientious journalist. She has woven a rich tapestry from the threads of her own life, her yoga practice and experience with Iyengar, and the story of yoga.”
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Not What I Expected
Here’s a candid Amazon review by David Brunton:
“As a practitioner of yoga for about a decade or so, I’ve learned to separate the life-changing art of practicing yoga from writing ABOUT yoga, the latter of which tends to oscillate between the flaky and the just-plain-stupid. So I have to admit, I was a little skeptical when a yoga-practitioner friend of mine recommended Kadetsky’s book.
“To begin with, I was instantly drawn in by her magnetic prose and lush descriptions of India, but as I read on, I also began to admire the subtle way she navigates between the foibles and sublimities of B.K.S. Iyengar, a man who is perhaps one of the twentieth century’s most enigmatic teachers. Her thoughts on the connection between modern yoga and Hindu fundamentalism are well worth the price of admission. For anyone who has ever found their own quest for spirituality caught between the allure of an ancient past and the grittiness of the modern third world, this is a great book.
“My only complaint is that I didn’t see what the subtitle, ‘A Yoga Romance,’ had to do with her book, since needless to say, there is no love-interest in this book.”
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