• Sutras, Translated, A Review of Bhavani Maki’s “The Yogi’s Roadmap,” YOGA JOURNAL MAY 2014

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    Yogis Roadmap Bhavani MakiBhavani Maki Sutras Review May 2014

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    Here’s a theory guaranteed to raise hackles:  modern yoga has failed to bring practitioners the peace it’s meant to provide. 

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    This idea serves as the premise of The Yogi’s Roadmap, Ashtanga Yoga teacher Bhavani Silvia Maki’s first book. 

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    Maki contends that the West’s posture-based yoga, often a “trendy form of exercise” found in fitness centers but devoid of the philosophical aspects of the field, doesn’t offer a path to liberation from pointless suffering, yoga’s purpose. 

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    In contrast, Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra, considered to be the ultimate authority on yoga, does offer a means to enlightenment, Maki writes.

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           Unfortunately, the ancient tome was not designed as a householder text, even in its many translations. 

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    The Yogi’s Roadmap does an excellent job of dissecting the language of the Sutras and offering ways to apply them to modern life, even though it doesn’t cover all the 195 aphorisms. 

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    For instance, she talks of striving for ahimsa, non-harming, by driving calmly or eating mindfully, so that you don’t tax your nervous system.  And honoring asteya, or non-stealing, by not demanding too much of someone’s time or energy. Through the lens of the Sutras, she also looks at morality (yamas and niyamas)., human afflictions (kleshas) and the processes of the mind (vrttis).

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                Though she’s not a scholar, Maki is fit to author a book of this concern.  She’s studied the Sutra extensively and has taught yoga philosophy for nearly two decades. She’s also one of the few people Sri K. Pattabhi Jois personally authorized to teach Ashtanga Yoga.

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                In all, The Yogi’s Roadmap is a tour de force and a welcome addition to the philosophy books lining any practitioner’s bookshelf.

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