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The Kleshas by Deborah Adele

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The Kleshas are yoga's framework for understanding the discord between our desires and our lived experience.

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This book is softcover, 208 pages, and retails for $14.95.

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The Kleshas are yoga's framework for understanding the discord between our desires and our lived experience. Even as we seek to feel good, the kleshas create a binding force that entangles us in doubt, confusion, worry, and disillusionment. This book defines the kleshas, provides a practice that begins to liberate us, and places us on a path toward lasting happiness and fulfillment.

This book lays open the insight and wisdom of the sage Patanjali, as described in the Yoga Sutras, in relatable, modern language. This is yoga's answer to managing the roaming tendencies of our minds, helping us create a mind we can live with.

In this book each Klesha has been given its own chapter in which the philosophy of the guideline is woven with practical examples and stories. At the end of the chapter Deborah provides questions that challenge the reader to find deeper insight. As the book progresses into the "Mind and Practice" sections, Deborah continues to guide us inward with insightful questions, learning tools and quotes which follow yoga's wisdom, guiding us to calm our minds, find self-compassion, and live our best lives.

This book is written to serve either as the student's textbook for a teacher-lead, in-depth study, or for the individual on a personal journey. This book is also perfect for book clubs, yoga teachers in training, AA recovery groups, or anyone looking to live a more skillful life.

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"It takes a special talent to distill knowledge from an ancient wisdom tradition into a practical guide for a contemporary audience. In The Kleshas, Deborah Adele has condensed years of practice, learning and teaching into this down-to-earth, informative, and inspirational book. The personal experiences and the reflections she offers will encourage you to take the lessons off the page and into your everyday life."
~ Beth Gibbs, author of Enlighten Up! Finding Clarity, Contentment and Resilience in a Complicated World,

"In her new book Deborah Adele offers readers a broad and insightful overview of essential yoga teachings. Along the way she summarizes the classic yoga philosophy of the Indian sage Patanjali, serving up a delightful selection of first hand anecdotes, historical events, conversations, stories, and life as we know it. All this leads to a pathway mirroring ancient wisdom and offering hope to every reader."
~ Rolf Sovik, PsyD, Senior Faculty Himalayan Institute, author of Moving Inward, The Journey to Meditation.

"Using a delicate reverse origami of words Deborah Adele does more than 'unpack' the kleshas; she reveals them at their most elemental level. In addition to helping us understand the foundation, application, and impact of the kleshas, this book also gives us ways to investigate them for ourselves with some suggested reflections and practices. Like The Yamas & Niyamas, I'll keep this book at my fingertips to be re-read and savored."
~ Kyczy Hawk, E-RYT500, yoga teacher, writer, and woman in recovery,

"Deborah Adele has a genuine gift for re-presenting ancient teachings in a fresh, accessible way. This new book is an essential text for our modern times -- offering an honest inquiry into how our entanglement in the kleshas is a root cause of our suffering, and how understanding them can lead us toward transformation. This gives great hope that we all have the power to change and experience the freedom that comes from bringing our scattered minds to stillness.
~ Rev. Dr. Sam Boys, Director of Spiritual Life, Culver Academies,

"This book you have birthed is a remarkable, practical manual for learning to manage our mind and behaviors. Born from the heart of yoga, it offers the modern reader a practical approach for healing our own inner conflicts, and the divisiveness that is tearing at the deep fabric of society. Timeless wisdom presented in relatable, actionable steps that anyone can follow."
~ Sarah Hutchinson R.N., E-RYT 500, Ayurvedic Yoga Educator,

"The book is so, so good. I love the flow--how you set things up, explain the applicable Sanskrit teaching, add relatable examples, and then break it down further while adding another layer of information. You are especially gifted at relaying lofty yogic wisdom in a way that makes it seem easy! I love that you offer so many powerful opportunities for growth."
~ Sally Burgess, Founder/Owner Studio Gaia Edwardsville, Sierra Club Organizing Manager, Environmental Activist.

"As a result of her deep inquiry into core human challenges, Deborah Adele makes these concepts come alive as they relate to all of us in our daily lives."
~ ~Darcy Cunningham, Turning Light Center Founder,