Wednesday, March 8, 2017

The Easing Into Collection

This year I've started in on a massive writing project--The Easing Into Collection.  The works take a thematic approach to religious topics of many stripes--from the writings of Christian mystics to the great epics of India; from the scriptures of Judaism to the enigmatic verses of Lao Tzu; from the earthy and poignant Black Elk Speaks to the highest flights of philosophy with Shankara.

In each, I take the ten great ideas of the text rather than creating yet another exhaustive (and somewhat boring) linear study.  Add a little original and responsive poetry and five questions designed for deep discussion or journal prompts and provide a list of references for each great idea and I end up with books useful for both communities and self-study.  Most of the titles run about 75 pages, and they'll be available soon in audio as well.  In this age of tight schedules, they don't overwhelm and yet provide plenty of comparative religion "meat".

Each book will eventually have a similar cover but a different color so they will create a lovely rainbow on your shelf.

Here is the praise for the first book in the series (Easing into the Bhagavad Gita and Patanjali's Yoga Sutras--I will be dividing these texts and placing them under their own covers in the future) as posted on

This book is both inspiring and practical. As spiritual seekers, there is a temptation to reach out for more and more teachings to perhaps find those magical words that will set us free. While this may be useful in the beginning, there comes a time for actually putting the teachings to work in our lives where the magic can make a difference in our understanding. The format for this lovely volume provides exercises and suggestions for applying these ancient teachings in our everyday lives and finding how fully alive and transformative they still are. Thank you Ms. Beyer-Nelson.

I read Easing into the Bhagavad Gita and Patanjali Yoga Sutras last year when it was first published. Now I have the audio version narrated by Jack Nolan and I've listened to it as I followed along in the book. His voice has a good pace and expression as he narrated. It's like reading it again but at a slower more gentle pace. I especially liked his reading when he came to the poetry sections.

An easy read with a simple and approachable perspective on Yoga's two great masterful works.

As a beginning yoga student, I have been focused on positions and breathing. Beyer-Nelson provides a thought-provoking entry into the principles behind yoga. This is not a book for readers looking for instructions on poses. Instead, it moves the reader beyond to consider his/her mind state and how the body and mind work together to restore peace and health. The poetry is an added bonus. I'll come back to this book to deepen my awareness.

This is a wonderful, thought-provoking book. It's short, but I like a book that says what needs to be said without a lot of extra fluff. I run a Yoga Teacher Training program and I plan to add this to my required reading list. You definitely need to read the Gita and Sutras (and the author tells you this up front), but after you've read them, come back to this book. I can also see this as a good resource for Yoga workshops (not just teacher trainings) or for individuals looking to better their understanding of Yoga.

I  hope you enjoy the journey with me!

Titles Currently Available

Easing into the Bhagavad Gita and Patanjali's Yoga Sutras by [Beyer-Nelson, Kimberly]

Easing into the Dhammapada (The Easing Into Collection Book 2) by [Beyer, Kim]

Easing into the Gospel of Thomas (The Easing Into Collection Book 3) by [Beyer, Kim]

Easing into the Bhagavad Gita (The Easing Into Collection Book 4) by [Beyer, Kim]

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