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Presenting these exercises as a remedy for everyday agitations seems like a simple idea. But Repka and Finger are also making a larger point. For most of us, enlightenment will never come as a single moment of discovery experienced on a pristine mountaintop and ushered in with loud claps of thunder and blaring trumpets. Rather, it will be a series of small awakenings and realizations, experienced amid the messy business of day-to-day life. hillari dowdle

YANTRA YOGA: The Tibetan Yoga of Movement, by Chogyal Namkhai Norbu; translated by Adriano Clemente. Snow Lion Publications; snowlionpub.com Most of what modern yogis know about hatha yoga comes from several ancient 15th-century texts. This book, however, presents an even earlier form of hatha, one based on an 8th-century Buddhist Tantric text called The Union of the Sun and Moon Yantra.

Yantra Yoga is a style of asana that leads practitioners through movements of the body that give rise to various postures.

These are accompanied by coordinated pranayama techniques and visualization of the nadis (energy channels) and chakras (energy centers). To clear up any confusion, there are pictoral symbols called yantras in the Tantra tradition, but in this book, "Yantra Yoga" refers to a Buddhist practice more akin to hatha yoga.

The practice comprises 108 exercises, including preliminary purification movements and pranayama, followed by 75 main asanas that present many familiar postures. Because of its emphasis on the movements into and out of the various postures and on breath regulation, the practice is meditative, designed to help

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