Whooo, August is over! And what a month it’s been! There was no summer vacation for yoga this month, as the conversation moved from controversy (John Friend in the NY Times! Yoga Journal’s nude yoga advertising!) to celebration (yoga festivals!) and back to controversy (Tara Stiles’ “Slim Calm Sexy Yoga” has been burning up the blogasphere ~ I’ve been following the convo, and agreeing with the criticism, but haven’t had the time or energy to jump in). And, to top it off, it’s all yoga, baby has had a record breaking traffic month (since I don’t kiss and tell, I’m not giving any numbers ~ but I can say that I’ve received double the pageviews of an average month and this makes me very happy).

To counter all this extroverted Mars summer energy, I think we all need to kick back with a good book (and maybe a Mojito). So as a special treat for my beloved, loyal, brilliant, inquisitive and articulate blog readers, I have one copy of Michael Stone‘s latest book, Freeing the Body, Freeing the Mind to give away!

Since I haven’t actually read the book yet, here’s what it says on the back cover:
In this collection of provocative essays by prominent teachers of Yoga and Buddhism, the common ground of these two ancient traditions becomes clear. Michael Stone has brought together a group of intriguing voices to show how Buddhism and Yoga share the same roots, the same values, and the same spiritual goals. The themes addressed here are rich and varied, yet the essays all weave together the common threads between the traditions that offer guidance toward spiritual freedom and genuine realization.

Michael didn’t actually write this book himself, but he did pull together some writings from a star-studded list of teachers, including Ajahn Amaro Bhikkhu, Shosan Victoria Austin, (frequent it’s all yoga, baby commenter and awesome guy) Frank Jude Boccio, Christopher Key Chapple, Ari Goldfield and Rose Taylor, Chip Hartranft, Roshi Pat Enkyo O’Hara, Sarah Powers, Eido Shimano Roshi, Jill Satterfield, Mu Soeng, Michael Stone, and Robert Thurman.

Okay, so you’re probably wondering how you can get this book in your mailbox asap! All you have to do is answer the following (slightly dualistic) question in the comments section before Friday, Sept 3: Do you practice yoga for your body, your mind, or both? One lucky reader will be chosen at random (although the quality and thoughtfulness of your comment will play into the random draw).

And if you already have the book and are dying to talk about it with other smart, literate Buddhist types, head over to the Tricycle Book Club and join the conversation! Frank Jude Boccio is also hosting a discussion about the book and practice on his blog, Mindfulness Yoga.

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