November 20, 2020

#BookReview: Meditation with Intention by Anusha Wijeyakumar @LlewellynBooks @Netgalley

Synopsis: With just five minutes of meditation a day, you can achieve a more focused, balanced, and peaceful life. Join wellness consultant Anusha Wijeyakumar as she shares the transformative meditation program that she developed for California's world-famous Hoag Hospital. You will discover the vital intentions and five-minute meditations designed for heart opening, chakra balancing, trusting your inner truth, embodying courage and strength, and more. These meditations and pranayama-breathwork exercises will help you create more joy and peace in your life while learning to control negative internal chatter.

Raised in the philosophy of Sanatana Dharma (Hinduism) on her way to becoming a clinician and teacher, Anusha expertly helps you integrate ancient Eastern wisdom into your modern Western lifestyle for a deeper sense of purpose, self-acceptance, and self-love.


Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
My Review: Ive always had issues with meditation.  Even when I was part of a group and we would do it together.  I always felt like I wasn't going deep enough and I was only getting to the surface of meditation.  This book has completely changed that.  Meditating with intent is the way to go.  I know that for most classes and books that I have read and joined its all about meditating to free your mind and to think of nothing.  However, this book works with your chakras and more and it works wonderfully.  


"Anusha Wijeyakumar's heartfelt passion, clarity of language, and valuable perspective as a woman of the South Asian diaspora offer a transformational message of peace and purpose for all of us."―Rashmi Bismark, MD, MPH, author of Finding Om

"Anusha's practical approach to living with intention makes mindfulness and heartfulness accessible to anyone with the courage to pick up this book."―Robert G. Louis MD, FAANS, director of the Skull Base and Pituitary Tumor Program Pickup Family Neurosciences Institute and director of XR Development at Hoag Memorial Hospital

"For women unfamiliar with mindfulness practices, meditation can be intimidating but not with Anusha as a guide. As she says let's all bring meditation down from the mountain top and incorporate it into daily life!"―Heather R Macdonald MD, medical director High Risk Breast & Ovarian Cancer Program at Hoag Memorial Hospital

"As an interventional cardiologist taking care of patients with heart attacks, I am a huge proponent of prevention strategies. I believe what Anusha can teach us about mindfulness and meditation can help us reduce stress and anxiety and help increase our focus on good health."―Dipti Itchhaporia, MD, FACC, FAHA, FESC, vice-president, American College of Cardiology and Endowed Chair in Cardiovascular Health, director of disease management at Hoag Memorial Hospital

"The seemingly magical but straightforward solutions outlined in this book are tried and true to provide clarity for self-management and mental accountability, no matter the situation."―Janessa Mondestin, MBA, C-IAYT yoga therapist, e-RYT 500, founder of Soulthentic Yoga, RYS 300 School

"Profound and practical, this seminal work reveals practices we can easily embody to nourish unshakable well-being and peace amidst the daily challenges of our lives. A must-read!"―Richard Miller PhD, author of iRest Meditation

"Anusha brings a wide scope of expertise to her work and teachings. Based on her upbringing in the Hindu tradition, she was able to blend the foundations of yoga with the core teachings of mindfulness."―Flossie Park, E-RYT 500, director of the 200-hour Gentle & Hatha Yoga Teacher Trainings

"I used to find the concept of meditation foreign and intimidating, but Anusha's approach to mindfulness is practical, logical, and evidence based...anyone can do it!"―January Lopez MD, medical director of breast imaging at Hoag Memorial Hospital

"Meditation with Intention represents the next step in the evolution of the sacred teachings of yoga and meditation."―Jivana Heyman, C-IAYT, E-RYT500, founder of Accessible Yoga

"I am thrilled that Anusha has put some of her profound teachings into this book that invites so many more people to see the massive impact that sitting in silence can have on every level of our lives...even in just five minutes."―Jamie Hanson, MA, E-RYT 500, E-RPYT, founder and lead teacher of the Empowered Yoga Teacher Training™

"These potent and accessible meditation practices are designed for everyone and anyone. And when people can create peace within themselves, they are more capable and equipped to create peace outside themselves."―Melanie Klein, cofounder of the Yoga & Body Image Coalition and coeditor of Yoga & Body Image 

"Steeped in the Indian Vedic tradition, Anusha Wijeyakumar is an authentic voice in the world of yoga and meditation, who LIVES and EMBODIES her practice."―Sandhiya Ramaswamy AD, PKS, MBA, ayurveda wellness coach & spiritual mentor at Alchemy Ayurveda

"Through her compassionate and inspiring platform, Anusha Wijeyakumar shares a compelling mixture of wisdom and peace. And now, she has found a way to make meditation both accessible and enjoyable."―Saumya Dave MD, psychiatrist and author of Well-Behaved Indian Women

About the Author

Anusha Wijeyakumar, MA (Orange County, CA) is a wellness consultant for leading hospitals and institutes in California where she actively engages mindfulness and meditation practices for maternal mental health programs and cancer prevention and survivorship programs. She has delivered keynote speeches and led workshops on mindfulness and meditation for Fortune 500 companies and top ranked universities across North America and the United Kingdom. Anusha is a board member of MOMS Orange County and she cofounded the movement Womxn of Color + Wellness, both of which focus on increasing diversity, inclusion, and accessibility in the yoga, mindfulness, and wellness communities. Anusha is a certified professional life coach and a registered yoga teacher.

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