The best hammy downs お下がり♡

IMG_3797 The best kind of hammy down is books, no doubt (and records)! I just got three hammy down books. They are all some of the basic, very useful books for a novice yoga practitioner, but really, for anyone.

Asana Pranayama Mudra Bandha was passed down to me from my friend Shiva (an amazing, beautiful yogini who teaches at Pure Yoga in Shanghai), who got it from her friend who was leaving to embark on his journey somewhere. This is an old, insightful, concise manual, which covers significant, basic hatha yoga methods to condition the body, written by Swami (master in Sanskrit) Satyananda Saraswati, who was a paramahansa (one who has achieved enlightenment) sannyasi (a renunciant who takes a permanent vow to devote his life to the pursuit of truth). He had written over 80 books.

Swami Satyananda Saraswati was a disciple of Swami Sivananda, the founder of The Divine Life Society, who was a saint, and one of the most prominent spiritual teachers of modern day and had written over 200 books! In the 60’s, Swami Sivananda sent another disciple Swami Vishnudevananda to the Western side of the world, the Americas and Europe, etc., to organize and teach some of the first yoga teaching training programs EVER in the US and Canada. Swami Vishnudevanada then founded the first Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre in Montreal, Canada. And one of Swami Vishnudevananda’s direct disciples, Sri Venu, is my friend and teacher! My goodness I’m so blessed to have met such amazing teachers! Stéphane (Sri Venu’s birth name) is awesome! He’s like the coolest guy ever, lives on a boat in Vancouver, an amazing singer and musician. He is now the director of Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre in Vancouver where I’ve had the honour of teaching weekly classes when I lived in Vancouver.

Autobiography of a Yogi was written by Paramahansa Yogananda, another spiritual saint. His autobiography follows his life, and his encounters with spiritual figures in both the East and the West, and has introduced millions of westerners to the teachings of meditation and kriya yoga (pranayama-based techniques intended to accelerate spiritual development). Can’t wait to start on it.

The Tibetan Book of the Dead. Wooooh… Sounds spooky? I think about death quite a lot. It’s a natural part of life, as Master Yoda says. This book is a funerary text, written by Tibetan monks, intended to guide one through the experiences of consciousness after death, and during bardo, the interval between death and the next rebirth. Really looking forward to starting on this one too.

I love secondhand books. They are cheap, yes, and some of them are in mint condition anyway. I love the idea of something being precious and useful to one, after they were precious and useful to another. And also, we gotta conserve da treez.


一番左の 『アーサナ プラナヤーマ ムードラ バンダ』っていう本は、お友達のShivaちゃん (彼女はすんごいヨギーニだよ! 憧れの先生♡) のお友達が、旅に出るから誰か必要な人にあげてって言って、わたしに渡って来たお下がり。

めっちゃ良い本。スワミ サティヤナンダ サラスワティっていう大先生が書いた本です。彼は80冊以上の本を書いていらっしゃいます。スワミはマスターという意味。


スワミサティヤナンダは、若い頃サニヤシンとして、スワミシバナンダ(シバナンダヨガを欧米に広めたスワミヴィシュヌデヴァナンダを教えた聖者)の元で修行していた方です。サニヤシン sannyasinとは、現世の執着、欲望、煩悩や苦悩を捨て、タパス(浄化や自己鍛錬に必要とされる燃えるように激しい努力)で燃やし、人間の真の目的を見極めるために身を捧げる人のことです。





中古はお手頃価格☆ そして資源の再利用。新しくなくたって、また次に必要な人に渡って行くものです、本当に価値のあるものは。だからみなさんも、中古本もっと利用してみてね♡



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