Adult News, Reviews & Information

  • Thu, 08/28/2014 - 8:46pm

    When we are no longer able to change a situation - we are challenged to change ourselves. - Viktor E. Frankl

    Viktor Frankl was a neurologist and psychiatrist who founded the field of logotherapy. Logotherapy states that people are motivated by the search for their own life's purpose- a search for the meaning in one's life.

    Frankl's theories were heavily influenced by his personal experiences of suffering and loss in Nazi concentration camps. It was there that he lost his father, mother, brother and wife, as well as all of his immediate family members, except for a sister.  

    He worked with other prisioners to help them through extremely dehumanizing  situations by encouraging them to face thier fears and focus on positive thoughts and memories, and reminding them that life had meaning and purpose.

    These experiences were the catalyst for Frankl's concepts and ideas. He believed that suffering had purpose and that even under the harshest of circumstances, people could survive by looking to thier spiritual self. Frankl's book Man's Search for Meaning has been widely cited as one of the most i nspirational books of our time.

    Challenging the meaning of life is the truest expression of the state of being human. - Viktor E. Frankl

    The quest for meaning can result in greater understanding of values and authenticity. Join us at the Homewood Library where we will feature a presentation by Charles McLafferty.

    Charles McLafferty, Jr., Phd, is a Masters-level National Certified Counselor (NCC) and has earned an Associate Educator credential from the U.S. Viktor Frankl Institute. Charles is the Director of Purpose Research, LLC, which is accredited for logotherapy training and education by the Viktor Frankl Institute in Vienna, Austria.

    This presentation will focus on the keynotes of this search for meaning. There are no set answers, even if the questions are universal. It is up to each of us to discover the unique meaning that Life offers, and to which we are called.

    This program will be presented on Thursday, September 11, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Large Auditorium.

     
  • Mon, 08/25/2014 - 3:18pm

    Thursday, August 28, at 6:30 p.m. in the Large Auditorium

    Join us as we welcome author Craig Darch discusses his book,  From Brooklyn to the Olympics, whichfollows Mel Rosen from the streets of Brooklyn during the 1930s–’40s to his selection as head coach for United States track and field for the 1992 Barcelona Summer Olympics. The book describes how a Jewish kid from Brighton Beach, New York, followed his dream to become the head track and field coach at Auburn University for twenty-eight years. Rosen coached seven Olympians and 143 All-Americans and guided Auburn’s track and field team to four consecutive SEC Conference indoor championships. The book details Rosen’s coaching career during the turbulent era of the 1950s and ’60s. Lively vignettes highlight Auburn sports history, Alabama history, Jews in the South, and the Olympics. A book signing will follow; books will be available for purchase.

  • Thu, 08/21/2014 - 8:42pm

    B.K.S. Iyengar (1918-2014), suffered from malaria, typhoid, and tuberculosis. as a child The constant state of poor health and poverty began to take its toll.  To maintain physical and mental health, he studied yoga at the age of 16. His strength increased over time.

    After years of study, practice and teaching, he catalogued yoga poses and arranged them in different ways as to meet the specific needs of the practitioner. Practicing every day, even after retiring at the age of 90, he could still stand on his head and balance for more than 30 minutes

    Regarded as the “Father of Modern Yoga”, and credited with bringing the discipline of yoga to the West, he became known worldwide. His published works have been translated into 19 languages and Iyenar Yoga is used in over 70 countries. With an emphasis of proper form, timing, and sequence, plus the incorporation of props, Iyengar revolutionized the practice of yoga.

    If you are interested in Iyengar Yoga and yoga practice, here are some titles of interest:

    Yoga : the path to holistic health by B. K. S. Iyengar

    This bestseller is the only illustrated practical Iyengar yoga guide written by the master himself. B.K.S. Iyengar Yoga: The Path to Holistic Health is the complete, authoritative teachings of B.K.S. Iyengar for mind, body, and health. It is suitable for every level of ability, age, and physical conditions.

     

    Yoga: the Greater Tradition by David Frawley

    As yoga continues to grow in popularity as a modern exercise and fitness movement, it is important to take notice of the greater spiritual tradition that forms its core. This book sheds light on the greater tradition and teachings of yoga, providing readers with an important approach to the practice that can harmonize their existence both individually and collectively. Yoga provides all students with a new appreciation of their dicipline's universe.

     

    Yoga: the Spirit and Practice of Moving into Stillnessby Erich Schiffmann

    From the yoga master featured in the bestselling Yoga Mind and Body videos with Ali McGraw comes an introduction to Hatha Yoga, complete with step-by-step instructions and meditation techniques.

     

    Breath of the gods [HOOPLA] : a journey to the origins of modern yoga

    A Journey to the Origins of Modern Yoga. Yoga is known to go back to god Shiva, who perfected 8,4 million postures, according to Indian tradition. Far less known is the fact that yoga is at the same time an early 20th century-creation of Indian savant T. Krishnamacharya, which is what this film is about. Krishnamacharya's life and teachings are seen through the eyes of the director on his search for authentic yoga.