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Do Your Om Thing

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Sometimes an hour-long yoga class is the only chance we get to connect meaningfully with our bodies and our minds during an otherwise hectic week.

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Publisher's Synopsis
For a brief moment we’re able to let our worries melt away and feel relaxed, centered, and fully ourselves. Have you ever wondered how it would feel to bring that experience out of the yoga studio and into your everyday life?

In Do Your Om Thing, master yoga teacher and creator of the popular blog OmGal.com Rebecca Pacheco shows us how to do just that. The true practice of yoga, she says, goes deeper than achieving the perfect headstand—it is about bringing awareness and intention to every part of our lives.

In her warm, personal, and often hilarious prose, Rebecca translates yogic philosophy for its twenty-first-century devotees, making ancient principles feel accessible, relatable, and genuinely rooted in the world in which we live today.

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"The 35-year-old South End resident is a yoga teacher, author, speaker, and creator of the widely popular Omgal.com, which was the catalyst for her new book, Do Your Om Thing: Bending Yoga Tradition to Fit Your Modern Life. But Pacheco is not a yogi-turned-writer like many fitness professionals who start blogs. Rather, she majored in English Literature at the University of Richmond in Virginia.

'I consider myself a writer who happens to tell stories through the medium of yoga, which became this great love of my life since age 16,' Pacheco says. 'And at that time, yoga was not very popular. It was growing, but it certainly was not hip or cool. It was not what teenagers did. I started Omgal.com in 2008, and it was a New Year’s Resolution that stuck, clearly. It was just, ‘I’m gonna start this blog, I don’t know what it’s going to turn into, but it is an intentional way of writing more frequently and expressing what I want to say about yoga and my approach to yoga and we’ll see what happens.'

Over time, the blog caught on quickly—Pacheco has more than 10,000 Twitter followers—and after about four years, a literary agent reached out to her. Fortunately, writing a book was on her mind for some time, and she had already banked a few chapters.  'At that time, I had already started conceptualizing a book,' Pacheco says. 'I had gotten together a couple of chapters. The goal of writing a book was lifelong, but the actual practical writing of the book started with dabbling a little bit, picking blog posts, and seeing how they could be extrapolated.'

Divided into four parts (philosophy, body, mind, and spirit), the book explores ancient yoga tradition (from the eight limbs of the ancient path outlined by Patanjali, to the five koshas and seven chakras of the yoga body), but has Pacheco’s unique and expert interpretations of these teachings and puts them into a modern context for use in our everyday lives. The book’s purpose is to make yoga relatable and meaningful in the context of our lives both on and off the mat.

'My goal was to write something fresh and fun that takes an inclusive and informed look at the tradition of yoga through the eyes of a modern yogi,' Pacheco says."      ~Boston Magazine

"Vinyasa yoga teacher and Omgal.com blogger Pacheco presents a balanced view of how yoga aligns with modern life. The author began yoga at age 16 and has been practicing for 18 years; she and contemporary yoga 'grew up together.' The text comprises four parts, all emphasizing yoga’s more spiritual aspects: 'Yoga: Ancient and Modern,' 'The Body,' 'The Mind,' and 'The Spirit.'

Pacheco stresses that there’s much more to it all than asana (yoga postures), celebrity practitioners, and pricy clothing. She delves into the practice’s roots, exploring each of the foundational Eight Limbs, or tenets, of yoga in a present-day context. For example, Pacheco urges readers to practice ahimsa (non-harming) in their thoughts and words as well as deeds, and to engage in aparigraha (greedlessness) by 'flexing' their sense of gratitude and generosity daily, as they would flex muscles.

Though the section on 'Body' includes photos of Pacheco in various advanced poses, it focuses more on explaining elusive concepts like chakras and koshas (layers). Elsewhere, in a particularly intriguing section, she proposes that Hindu deities can serve as archetypes in modern readers’ individual spiritual journeys. Pacheco’s thoughtful approach to yoga’s ancient underpinnings is applicable to new and seasoned practitioners alike."     ~Publishers Weekly

Excerpt
"I do think respecting yoga’s tradition is imperative to calling what we’re doing yoga... I organized this book to reflect and support the journey of other modern yoga practitioners, who eventually feel like they need more sustenance than what the average asana class provides but aren’t sure where to get it."

Author Pacheco, Rebecca
Book Type Trade Paperback
Page Count 288 pp.
Publisher Harper Wave 2016
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