Monday, November 18, 2013

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Our August Book Club Selection: "Yoga Bitch"

Our August book club selection will be Yoga Bitch: One Woman's Quest To Conquer Skepticism, Cynicism, and Cigarettes On The Path To Enlightenment, by Suzanne Morrison. We'll meet on Monday, August 12th at 7pm at OMpower Cycling & Yoga.

I had the pleasure of popping in to one of Morrison's book readings here in SF a few years ago when Yoga Bitch came out. She's rad. Very down-to-earth, very likeable. And the book is a great summer beach read. After starting just yesterday, I'm already 100 pages in — and really digging it.

Grab a copy and join us. You'll be glad you did.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Our July Selection: Running With The Mind Of Meditation

Our July book club selection will be Running With The Mind of Meditation: Lessons For Training Body and Mind, a terrific new book from esteemed teacher Sakyong Mipham. It's perfect reading for anyone who runs or cycles or walks or breathes.

We'll meet on Monday, July 15th at 7pm at OMpower Cycling and Yoga.

Start reading!

Saturday, May 18, 2013

June Book Selection: The Buddha Walks Into A Bar

Did you hear?

Our June book selection will be The Buddha Walks Into A Bar, by Lodro Rinzler.  We'll meet on Tuesday, June 11th at 7pm at OMpower Cycling & Yoga.

You can stay connected via the FB event here.

See you then!

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Our May Book Selection: "The Subtle Body"

Our May book club selection will be Stefanie Syman's The Subtle Body: The Story of Yoga In America.

The May gathering will be held Monday, May 13th at 7pm at OMpower.

So excited to read this book.

Hit it!

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Our April Book Selection: "The Science of Yoga"

Our April book selection will be The Science of Yoga: The Risks and the Rewards, by William J. Broad. You may recognize Broad as the author of last year's controversial NYT article, "How Yoga Can Wreck Your Body."

We'll meet on Tuesday, April 9th at 7pm @ OMpower Cycling and Yoga.

Gonna be good.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Long-Distance? Join Us Via Video Conference or Goodreads

We're up and running on video conferencing!! Now if you wanna join in on our meetings live from Pennsylvania or Kentucky or South Carolina, you can.

Big thanks to the tech elves who made it happen.

We're now live on Goodreads, too.  Join up and let's get the discussion boards hopping.  Great way to connect from afar.

The live video link for Tuesday, March 12th is below.  Thanks to zeek for making it happen!

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Friday, March 1, 2013

Breaking News!

This just in!!!

Hell-Bent author Benjamin Lorr will be joining us via video conference for a live Q&A session at our next book club meeting.

This promises to be rad.

Start reading, kids.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Next Gathering: Tuesday, March 12th @ 7pm

Future Book Suggestions?

Hey y'all!

We've thrown out a few book titles here and there for the months to come. Do you have favorites that you'd like to suggest for us to read? Or other titles you've been wanting to hit but haven't had a chance to tackle yet?

Here are some starters:

  • Yoga Bitch, by Suzanne Morrison
  • Care Of The Soul, by Thomas Moore
  • 21st Century Yoga, ed. by Roseanne Harvey and Carol Horton
  • Nina Here Nor There, by Nick Krieger
  • Reality is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World, by Jane McGonigal
  • The Inner Tradition of Yoga, by Michael Stone
  • One City, by Ethan Nichtern
  • Your Emotions Won't Save You, by Ethan Nichtern
  • When Things Fall Apart, by Pema Chodron
  • Fierce Medicine, by Ana Forrest
  • Shop Work as Soul Craft, by Matthew B. Crawford
  • Jesus In The Lotus, by Russill Paul

Please leave any and all suggestions — they don't have to be blatantly about yoga, at all, seriously — here in the comments, and we'll keep a running list going.


Monday, February 25, 2013

Upcoming Meetings: Save the Dates

Planning ahead?

You can now write our upcoming meetings for The Roots Book Club in big black sharpie in your calendar.

Plan on every 2nd Tuesday of the month:
March 12th
April 9th
May 14th
June 11th
July 9th, etc. 
— all at OMpower Cycling and Yoga
 You get the picture.  Save the dates, loves.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Here's what we're all about:

Do you dig a good read, but find it harder and harder to get through a book between deadlines and emails?

Has your childhood love of reading been lost to the time-suck of mindless Facebook-scrolling and YouTube-watching?

Do you wish you had a down-to-earth friend or two with whom you could talk about more than the weather?  Do you tire of superficial small talk and wanna dig into the deeper questions?

Would you like to learn more about the philosophies behind yoga and mindfulness, but don't really know where to start?  Are you intimidated by, but curious about, the big words and esoteric concepts underlying your practice?

Do you dig drinking wine and hanging out with cool cats?

If you answered "yes" to any of the above — and, come on, who doesn't like an excuse to crack open a bottle of red on a weeknight? — then you should join us for the first-ever gathering of OMpower's new book club, ROOTS.

ROOTS gets at just that: the soul behind the schtick, the ideas behind the practice, the philosophy behind the asana.  We'll tackle one book a month from diverse genres, keeping themes creative, broad, and relatable, with an emphasis on the light-hearted and the down-to-earth.

Join us for our first gathering Tuesday evening, February 19th, 7pm, at OMpower Cycling & Yoga.  Bring a little something sweet to share if you can.  We'll sip pinot and tawk books. 

February's debut book selection:
Misadventures of a Garden State Yogi: My Humble Quest to Heal My Colitis, Calm My ADD, and Find the Key to Happiness,
by Brian Leaf

It's pretty simple: 

Pick up a copy at your local indie bookstore, grab one at the library, or order it on Amazon here.  Read it.  Grab that friend you've been meaning to re-connect with for six months.  Then roll on over to OMpower Tuesday the 19th at 7pm.  We'll take it from there.  We just ask that you throw five or ten bucks into the can to help keep the lights on and the wine flowing.

Live far away but still wanna participate? 

Have no fear; social media to the rescue.  We're working on a few slick ways for you to join in from afar.  Start now by digging into the book, make sure to "like" the Roots FB and Twitter pages to receive updates, and we'll have more info for you soon.

Happy reading!  See you on the 19th.

Fiery little sprites

There's no doubt that books can have a huge influence on people.  Most of us have found ourselves profoundly changed after reading one tome or another.

Which childhood characters helped make you who you are today? 

For me, it was most def: Nancy Drew, Anne of Green Gables, and Laura Ingalls Wilder.  Badass chicas.  Oh, and I can't forget Pippi Longstocking (she of the unruly spirit) and Ramona Quimby, too.

How 'bout you?

First meeting February 19th!

Aaaaaaaaaaand, we are officially live!

Welcome to The Roots Book Club. We're so glad you're here.

Stay tuned for mad goodness to come.

In the meantime, shut down your computer and pick up a book already, ok?