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Misadventures of a Garden State Yogi: My Humble Quest to Heal My Colitis, Calm My ADD, and Find the Key to Happiness

Misadventures of a Garden State Yogi: My Humble Quest to Heal My Colitis, Calm My ADD, and Find the Key to Happiness [Kindle Edition]

Brian Leaf
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As a college freshman business major suffering from a variety of anxiety-related maladies, Brian Leaf stumbled into an elective: yoga. It was 1989. All his classmates were female. And men did not yet generally “cry, hug, or do yoga.” But yoga soothed and calmed Leaf as nothing else had. As his hilarious and wise tale shows, Leaf embarked on a quest for health and happiness — visiting yoga studios around the country and consulting Ayurvedic physicians, swamis, and even (accidentally) a prostitute. Twenty-one years later, he teaches yoga and meditation and is the beloved founder of a holistic tutoring center that helps students whose ailments he once shared.


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 564 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 264 Seiten
  • Verlag: New World Library (26. September 2012)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B009H74L3Y
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Funny and wise 9. November 2012
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One of the funniest and also wisest books I have ever read. Sometimes I had to laugh out loud, sometimes the author's honesty touched my heart. Aren't we all struggling in the same way, trying to avoid listening to our bodies although we know that our bodies don't lie. Read the book and grow with it.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen "Fearless, Honest, Relaxed" 2. Oktober 2012
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We find in this engaging autobiography that Brian Leaf learns to be "fearless, honest, and relaxed" during his quest for growth and self-discovery. As a result, he writes with that same winning formula; therefore, he presents himself as a reliable narrator--one who neither avoids embarrassing incidents, nor embellishes them to shock his audience. Instead, his memoir is often laugh-out-loud funny as he and his friend take their cross-country pilgrimage to find answers pertinent to their lives.

This road trip introduces us to a panorama of personalities--yogis, educators, sociologists, Dead Heads, Dr. Sweetmember, "randy" Ruby, and Brian's loving, supporting family to name a few. By leaving New Jersey, Brian finds himself surreptitiously sleeping in parking lots, adjusting to ashrams, emitting a green light of energy, accidently visiting a hooker, liberating himself in some hot springs, and chanting in a sand storm. These experiences, and others, provide the road map to continue his journey towards holistic health when he returns home.

While Brian explores different "yoga styles" and eventually finds the best fit for him, this book is not just for yoga enthusiasts. This book is for all seekers who want the best out of life. Brian shares lessons learned, his favorite yoga practices, his meditation, co-listening, and relaxation techniques, and Ayurvedic recommendations. Brian believes that "you can't plan where you'll find bliss and transformation; you can only follow the whispers as they call out to you." This book may or may not be your "whisper," but it should be on your "to read" this list. It's that good!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A great read 13. Oktober 2012
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My wife bought this book because of her interest in yoga and she recommended that I read it when she finished. I found that Brian Leaf has a wonderful conversational style in his writing. He makes you feel like you are sitting in the room with him as he is telling you stories. He explains the he is a fan of Jerry Seinfeld and the humor in the book is a nod to his observational jokes. It is a great read which leads you to think about the ways that you can improve your life and attitude without feeling like you have just been lectured to by a zealot. I highly recommend it to not only someone interested in yoga but anyone looking for a fun book to read written by someone who feels like an old friend when you are done.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Great Book! 7. Oktober 2012
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I picked up this book at my local bookstore a couple of days ago, and I read it in any free moment I could find (all other current reads quickly went onto the back burner). It's an intelligent yet gentle read that flows from one fun and moving experience to the next.
Many points along Mr. Leaf's journey remind me of my own; road trips throughout the US, meditation retreats here and there, even time at Kripalu, as well as all of the growing pains along the way.
I think everyone from seasoned yogis to those who're simply looking for a major dose of literary fun will really enjoy this book.
I heartily recommend 'Misadventures of a Garden State Yogi!'
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5.0 von 5 Sternen "Fearless. Honest. Relaxed." and Funny 12. Oktober 2012
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For those of you with adult ADD, like me, I'll get right to the point: read this book. Have a laugh, be inspired.

Still reading? Great. Brian Leaf's memoir was the most pleasurable read I have had in a long time. It is not just a memoir of a man's funny, often ridiculous, literal journey of self-discovery; it is also a how-to book, an encyclopedia, and a guide to happy, healthy living and enlightenment. Leaf doesn't preach, and he doesn't tell you to duplicate his journey. Rather, his book reads like a conversation, or a series of conversations (because you feel like an old friend by the book's end) about how he found his own way, and how he encourages you, the reader, to find your own way. Sprinkled in among the stories he tells, like Easter eggs, are Leaf's "Keys to Happiness," realizations he has made over the years on his path to the happy, fulfilled life he lives today. Among them: "Follow your heart." "Become most real." The path leading to these realizations was filled with twists, turns, backtracks, and plenty of obstacles, real and metaphorical. Along the way, Leaf stumbled through embarrassing medical tests and treatments for colitis (poop references abound: a favorite is a bumper sticker he quotes, "I'm only speeding because I really have to poop."), accidentally patronized a prostitute, interacted with more than his share of unexpectedly naked people, and even did yoga in a blinding sandstorm. He peppers descriptions of his experiences with words of wisdom both his own and borrowed from great thinkers like Emerson, Ram Dass, the Jerries (both Garcia and Seinfeld), and of course, Jedi Master Yoda.

You don't have to walk away from this book and immediately check in to the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Massachusetts, or start meditating 40 minutes three times per day, or change your diet according to the practices of Ayurveda, but you will learn how the exploration of those practices allowed Leaf to find his true, authentic self, follow his intuition, understand and accept his emotions, positive and negative, and ultimately become a happy, healthy man, teacher, husband and father. I found Brian Leaf's book inspiring, informative, and entertaining, and encourage anyone with an open mind and a healthy appreciation of Star Wars and Seinfeld references to dig in and enjoy.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Like Eat, Pray, Love - with more farting. 1. Juli 2013
Von Britt Reints - Veröffentlicht auf
The first paragraph reads:

"There's surely an uneven power dynamic between one person sitting naked on the toilet and the other hovering above in a dark suit. This is especially and egregiously true if the person sitting is pushing to no avail."

This is not how you would expect a book about a man's journey to discover inner peace through yoga to begin. But then, Brian really isn't interested in what anyone expects. His goal is to be his most real self, and his most real self poops in doctor's offices sometimes. (Well, he used to, until yoga cured his colitis.)

This book is like a man's version of Eat, Pray, Love - except I'm not a man and I identified with the story.

It's real. It's honest. It's funny because it's human. And in the end, it's also worth the time you invest in reading it because you can actually learn a little something about yourself.

I learned that I need to do more yoga.

I also learned that I easily forget about being my true self, especially if I'm stressed or scared. I learned that I want to show up as me more often, and I picked up a couple of tips for doing exactly that.

I believe that reading this book can help you figure out how to be a little bit happier. I also believe that it's just an entertaining read, a fun way to pass a few summer afternoons.
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