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Kausthub Desikachar, Viniyoga teacher and son of yoga master T.K.V.
Desikachar, explains that a truly deep study of yoga on and off the mat
results in an overall calmness–and that a yogi’s reading should contribute to this. When considering yogic readings, Mario Puzo’s The Godfather is not a book that comes to mind. “Look beyond the Mafia stuff,” Kausthub urges. He recently reread the book and believes that its protagonist, Don Vito Corleone, embodies calmness. “The Don never panics; it’s a very yogic quality,” he says. To this end, on the recommendation of his father and teacher, Kausthub is seldom without a copy of the classic yoga text The Yoga Sutra of Patanjali. He believes the Sutra is one of the best resources for someone who wants to experience yoga in daily life. Another book that helps Kausthub apply yoga in daily life is The Art of Happiness by the Dalai Lama. The essential message of this book, he says, echoes the Sutra: “Giving
allows us to receive, and we should not wait to receive before we