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what he calls cleaning using the four sentences: “I love you. I’m sorry. Please forgive me. Thank you.” He discusses some challenges that came to his life because of the first book, and gives more resources and ways to apply this process to one’s life in order to live in a free, joyous, and loving manner.

apply principles to our lives. With headings such as “Use the right tools for the job,” “When pulling up weeds, get the root,” and “Fiercely guard the seedlings,” this book is insightful, practical, and entertaining. Lion of Light, The Spiritual Life of Madame Blavatsky by Gordon Strong (Axis Mundi Books) is fascinating as it gives a lot of history surrounding the Theosophical Society and the writing of some of the books considered bedrock in the study of spirituality. There are a lot of stories and myth surrounding the life of the enigmatic Blavatsky. I’m not sure this book ends any of the myths but it sure makes an interesting read. Your Sun Sign as a Spiritual Guide by Swami Kriyananda (Crystal Clarity Publishers) is a welcome addition to the world of astrology. By explaining the astrological signs in practical terms we can apply to our daily lives, this book helps us understand that we have all of the signs operational in our lives. By knowing more about how they impact consciousness, we can use this information about ourselves and others to lead happier, more productive lives. 500 Time-Tested Home Remedies and the Science Behind Them by Linda B, White, M.D. (Fair Winds) belongs in every home. Besides giving wonderful treatments that anyone can prepare at home, the book gives the basics of how to live a healthy lifestyle. This isn’t a book you read as much as it is one you use as a reference guide for everything from sore throats to recipes for preventing and treating headaches. My copy is staying where it is easily found and used. The Council of Light, Divine Transmissions for Manifesting the Deepest Desire of the Soul by Danielle Rama Hoffman (Inner Traditions) is based on work the author has done with what she calls “an intergalactic group of thousands of light beings from across the multiverse.” These teachings cover all aspects of life from health to wealth and relationships and offers practical meditations, written, spoken, energetic, and breathwork exercises to enhance well-being and create more joy. The book is intriguing and can be used as a guided program or could be dipped into as need arises. Joe Vitale has written a follow-up to Zero Limits called At Zero, The Quest for Miracles Through Ho’oponopono (Wiley). He goes into further detail about this practice of

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Earth Saver Yoga Mat This is an odd review for me to write regarding the flagship and trusted name of Gaiam in the U.S. Yoga world. Unrolling the mat for first time use, it appeared cushy, supportive and surprisingly thin, which is what I expect from Gaiam: innovation and taking equipment to the next level for the practicing yogi. I love the feel of the mat. Its thin profile allows for a lot more room inside my Marrakesh Bag. This is especially important when traveling. However, I was shocked when, about 20 minutes into my class, I felt my hands and feet slip from perspiration. I am a yoga teacher, and the teacher leading the class noticed my recovery and rushed over to see what was wrong. I wiped the mat off with my yoga towel and kept going. I slipped again right away. At this point, I switched mats and continued class. The teacher and I both examined the mat afterward and decided to wash it down and try again. Well, yesterday’s class gave me the same experience. Now, as an experienced yoga practitioner and RYT, I was able to recover quickly from slipping. However, as an RYT, I would not recommend this mat for my students, and I hope to not see one in class. There’s no sugar coating this one: I think this mat is way too slippery to trust. Perhaps with Gaiam socks and gloves it would work, or even a yoga mat towel, but that’s an extra step that this “no slip” mat is supposed to circumvent.

Natural Cork Block

Gaiam Sol This soft all natural cork block will be a great addition to the yoga practitioner’s “tool box.” This block is stable and feels comfortable in the hands. It is easy to grip and does not slide around on the floor or flex when one puts their weight on it. Even with my tight hamstrings, I was able to use this block to go from a standing “T” to a full crow without any trouble. This block also works well for the beginning and yin type classes. It feels nice when holding a supported bridge or even a supported fish pose.

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Gaiam Whether you want to stretch out at home or take your own strap to class, this 100% organic cotton strap is a great option. The strap works well when warming-up those hamstrings in a reclined stretch and even in a seated forward fold. The strap will also adjust and fit around the arms to offer support and stability for those challenging hand balance poses. This strap fits nicely in the bag along with the cork block for the warm up, the desire to take the pose deeper, and those wonderful cool-down release poses we all look forward to.

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NEW SPIRIT JOURNAL February 2014  

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NEW SPIRIT JOURNAL February 2014  

A Community Newspaper for Soulful Living