Yoga FAQ | Book Talk & Reading

with Richard Rosen
Sunday, June 11, 6:30-8:00pm

Yoga FAQ has a very simple premise: what are some of the yoga community’s most frequently asked questions about yoga, and how best to answer them? The material in this book is divided into five chapters: What is Yoga? What is Sanskrit? What is the Veda? What is the Yoga Sutra? What is Hatha Yoga? In all there are about 95 questions, most are, as the title indicates, frequently asked, e.g.: What is yoga? Who was Patanjali? What is samadhi? There are a few questions, however, that are rarely or never asked, e.g.: Is yoga appropriate for Westerners? (the answer is “Yes!”). The book also contains a number of short asides-What are some alternate names for asana?-and short stories-the Churning of the Ocean, Linear vs. Cyclical Time. Following the reading, we’ll spend some time answering questions from the members of the gathering.

Richard Rosen began his practice of yoga in 1980 at the Yoga Room in Berkeley, and completed two-year teacher training course at San Francisco’s BKS Iyengar Yoga Institute in 1984. He’s written two books on pranayama for Shambhala, The Yoga of Breath (2002) and Pranayama: Beyond the Fundamentals (2006), and produced a set of seven CDs of guided pranayama instruction. He’s also written for the same publisher Original Yoga (2012), a book on traditional yoga practice from the seventeenth century Gheranda Samhita (Gheranda’s Compilation). Yoga FAQ, once again published by Shambhala (2017) is his fifth book. Richard is a contributing editor at Yoga Journal magazine and president of the board of directors of Yoga Dana Foundation, a grant making organization supporting teachers in the Bay Area who bring yoga to underserved populations.