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Book Review: Journey To A Life Of Bliss: 30 Days Of Yoga: 30 Minutes A Day by Lisa Lofthouse

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Journey To A Life Of Bliss: 30 Days Of Yoga – 30 Minutes A Day by Lisa Lofthouse is a wonderful book that explains the practitioner’s connection to stillness, peace, optimal posture, movement and continuous deep breath. People crave yoga due to its relaxing influence, mind/body connection, sense of timing, slowing down, peace and a radiance of wellness within and with the world.

The practice of yoga is 3500 years old. Swami Bua, at age 105, wrote ” Years may wrinkle the skin, but lack of enthusiasm wrinkles the soul.” His attitude evolved from learning to be light-hearted through the practice of yoga.

Gandhi was the penultimate yogi, living his life simply and peacefully while changing the world. The energy within the body is known in Sanskrit as Atman. Atman is each individual soul which began life separated from God while spending time on earth in a continuous search for connectedness to the divinity. Kama or longing is the driving force behind the world’s religions and search for spirituality and meaning.

The practical benefits of yoga are stress reduction, increased serotonin, decreased cortisol levels, improved sleeping, reductions in blood pressure and easing of pain or sensations thereof. Yoga teaches that each individual is pure energy, a light source, alive, compassionate and loving. Yoga is a science of spirituality, a study of how to connect the body to the larger perspective of spirituality. Yoga means union literally. The union is of the mind, body and spirit.

The foundation of yoga is based on an innate sense of knowing. The feelings of the moment are captured and expressed through movement and breath. A yogi knows that intuition comes straight from the heart. As such, the heart speaks the truth. Separating truth from illusion is key to deepening the practice of yoga.

Journey To A Life Of Bliss: 30 Days Of Yoga – 30 Minutes A Day by Lisa Lofthouse is directed to a wide audience. The practice of yoga is described simply so that readers can apply the teachings on an immediate basis. This book is a good primer on the basic tenets of yoga, the benefits and modalities directed to new and experienced practitioners everywhere. Important research citations include noted authorities such as, Lama Surya Das, Swami Rama, Muktibodhananda Saraswati and Swami Satchidananda.

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I've taught approx. 34 sections of collegiate courses including computer applications, college algebra, collegiate statistics, law, accounting, finance and economics. The experience includes service as a Board Director on the CPA Journal and Editor of the CPA Candidates Inc. Newsletter. In college, I worked as a statistics lab assistant. Manhattan College awarded a BS in an allied area of operations research. The program included courses in calculus, ordinary differential equations, probability, statistical inference, linear algebra , the more advanced operations research, price analysis and econometrics. Membership in the Delta Mu Delta National Honor Society was granted together with the degree. My experience includes both private account and industry. In addition, I've worked extensively in the Examinations Division of the AICPA from time to time. Recently, I passed the Engineering in Training Exam which consisted of 9 hours of examination in chemistry, physics, calculus, differential equations, linear algebra, probability/ statistics, fluids, electronics, materials science/structure of matter, mechanics, statics, thermodynamics, computer science, dynamics and a host of minor subject areas like engineering economics. A very small percentage of engineers actually take and pass the EIT exam. The number has hovered at circa 5%. Several decades ago, I passed the CPA examination and obtained another license in Computer Information Systems Auditing. A CISA must have knowledge in the areas of data center review, systems applications, the operating system of the computer, disaster recovery, contingency planning, developmental systems, the standards which govern facility reviews and a host of other areas. An MBA in Accounting with an Advanced Professional Certificate in Computer Applications/ Information Systems , an Advanced Professional Certificate in Finance and an Advanced Professional Certificate in Organizational Design were earned at New York University-Graduate School of Business (Stern ). In December of 2005, an earned PhD in Accounting was granted by the Ross College. The program entrance requires a previous Masters Degree for admittance together with a host of other criteria. The REGISTRAR of Ross College contact is: Tel . US 202-318-4454 FAX [records for Dr. Joseph S. Maresca Box 646 Bronxville NY 10708-3602] The clinical experience included the teaching of approximately 34 sections of college accounting, economics, statistics, college algebra, law, thesis project coursework and the professional grading of approx. 50,000 CPA examination essays with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Additionally, membership is held in the Sigma Beta Delta International Honor Society chartered in 1994. Significant writings include over 10 copyrights in the name of the author (Joseph S. Maresca) and a patent in the earthquake sciences.