SPIRITUAL HEART OF YOGA
Andy Douglas, author of The Curve of the World: Into the Spiritual Heart of Yoga will talk about his memoir at Mac's on Thursday, March 14th at 7 p.m.
The Curve of the World is the story of Andy Douglas’ seven-year odyssey in Asia as a yogic monk. This spiritual memoir follows his journey from early days as the son of a Presbyterian minister in 1970’s middle America, through a period of dissolute rebellion and despair, and on to a search for a deeper spirituality. And, especially relevant in this era of blossoming interest in yoga, the book reveals the roots of yogic practice, its philosophical underpinnings. It does all this in an engaging narrative memoir form, while taking the reader on a journey from the sweltering suburbs of Bangkok to the poorest wards of Calcutta, and from Tokyo’s pulsing cityscape to the quiet shores of a Filipino island.
The Curve of the World tells the story of the author's relationship with a remarkable spiritual teacher on a path grounded in meditation and service. It draws connections between spirituality and social justice, music and devotion. And, as the author eventually faces serious illness, the book explores the link between body, mind and spirit, in a journey toward self-knowledge.
Andy Douglas' essays, stories and translations have appeared in Mary, New Renaissance, J Journal, Fogged Clarity, Nimrod, Pisgah Review, Bayou, and The Examined Life. He received a full fellowship for residency at the Vermont Studio Center, and has also had residencies at the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center and the Prairie Center of the Arts. He’s active in peace, economic justice and prison issues, and sings in a choir with prisoners. His partner, Lois, and he both live in Iowa City, Iowa. He has a love for film, music, and literature.