Written in a very conversational format, this new book is a wonderful addition to my massive yoga library. In the age of digital downloads, I’m still passionate about holding a book in my hands. Go on a yoga journey even non yoga enthusiasts can enjoy in the new book, Misadventures Of A Garden State Yogi by Brian Leaf.
Brian “explored, traveled, trained and experimented” his way to a life of yoga. Twenty-one years later, Leaf teaches yoga and meditation, practices multifaceted healing, and is the beloved founder of a holistic tutoring center that helps students – whose ailments he once shared – manage ADD and overcome test and math phobias.
I caught up with Brian recently to congratulate him on the launch of his new book.
SS: What do you think your life would be like now without you having found yoga?
BL: I think I’d be severely depressed, anxious, and medicated. Though I simply don’t see this as an option. I believe that yoga was and is part of my healing journey and I was destined to find it. I mean, I found yoga while I was in business school at a Catholic college (and I’m Jewish)! It’s not like I was at a Dead show or Wanderlust or even looking for anything like yoga.
SS: What do you say to someone who just can’t seem to get to their mat?
BL: I’d say spread out the mat and lie down. Have a snooze. Whatever. But just get to the mat. Rest, and then within a bit, I bet you’ll be moving into postures.
SS: Is there a yoga teacher that you admire? If so, who and why?
BL: I admire so many teachers. One who jumps to mind, though, is Rolf Gates. He’s an old friend and I appreciate how he teaches this intensely physically demanding yoga and yet at the same time he is so deeply and beautifully spiritual and wise.
Brian Leaf, M.A. is the author of the new book Misadventures of a Garden State Yogi. He draws upon twenty-one years of intensive study, practice, and teaching of yoga, meditation, and holistic health. Visit him online at http://www.Misadventures-of-a-Yogi.com.Tweet