The Mama Sutra: A Story of Love, Loss, and the Path of Motherhood

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Shambhala Publications
240 pages
Sutra is the Sanskrit name for a short spiritual teaching, and it comes from the same root as the English word suture, or stitch. This story of motherhood as a path to awakening is, says yoga and meditation teacher Anne Cushman, “an homage to the long threads that run through all human lives, stitching up what’s shredded in our hearts.”
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Moving into Meditation

A 12-Week Mindfulness Program for Yoga Practitioners
Shambhala Publications
288 pages

In recent years, “mindfulness” has blasted into mainstream culture much as yoga did two decades ago, making “mindful yoga” an appealing trend. But how does mindful yoga evolve from a buzz-worthy concept to a lived experience? How do yoga asanas and pranayama support and express the practice of meditation? How do you explore the teachings of the Buddha through the vehicle of your own living, breathing, human body?
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Enlightenment for Idiots

A yoga teacher finds new life in India–just not the one she was expecting.
Broadway Books
384 pages

Nearing age thirty, Amanda thought she’d be someone by now. Instead, she’s just herself: an ex-nanny, wannabe yogini who cranks out “For Idiots” travel guides just to scrape by. Yes, she has her sexy photographer boyfriend, but he’s usually gone—shooting a dogsled race in Alaska or a vision quest in Peru—or just hooking up with other girls. However, she’s sure her new assignment, “Enlightenment for Idiots,” will change everything; now she will become the serene, centered woman she was meant to be. After some breakup sex, she’s off to India to find a new, more spiritual life.
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From Here to NirvanaFrom Here to Nirvana

Still the only book of its kind—a smart, funny, and insightful insider’s guide to the ashrams, temples, gurus, meditation centers, and pilgrimage sites of India.
Riverhead Trade
432 pages

“Beneath the humble façade of a yoga-and-retreat guide lurks one of the most entertaining books I’ve ever read about India. In the course of their spiritual survey, Cushman and Jones go heel-to-neck with some of the most skillful, eccentric, and enlightened characters on the subcontinent. You could do a lot worse than to plan your whole India itinerary around this book.”
~Jeff Greenwald, author of Shopping for Buddhas and The Size of the World
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For over two decades Anne Cushman has been exploring and writing about the world of Buddhism, yoga, and psychospiritual inquiry, in essays that combine insight, humor, and personal revelation. Here are a few of her stories that have touched hundreds of thousands of readers:

Dancing in Foam & Other Adventures, Shambhala Sun, January 2013

Do Just Sit There, Yoga International, Spring 2012

The Best-Laid Plans, Shambhala Sun, July 2011

At Ease, Soldier, Yoga International, Spring 2011

Yoga Rat, Shambhala Sun, January 2011

The Yoga of Creativity, Tricycle, Summer 2010

The Big Questions, Shambhala Sun, September 2006

Fifteen Weeks of Dharma Dating, Tricycle, Summer 2006

Will I Die, Too? Will You?, Shambhala Sun, September 2005

Yoga Chic and the First Noble Truth, Shambala Sun, July 2003

Into the Heart of Sorrow, Yoga Journal, March 2001

Mothering as Meditation Practice, Tricycle, Fall 2001

The Sadhu From Texas, Salon.com, April 1998

Spiritual Discomfort, Salon.com, June 1998

Iyengar Looks Back, An Interview with Anne Cushman
Yoga Journal, December 1997