June 21, 2009

Book review: The Secret Art of Seamm Jasani (Asanaro)

Seamm Jasani is a more gentle form of Boabom, a martial art form originating in Tibet prior to the arrival of Buddhism.  Seamm Jasani is as much meditation and relaxation as it is a physical fitness routine; the combination of these two forms combine to aid in increasing the practitioners’ vitality and strength, as well as changing the general outlook to one that is more positive and upbeat with the goal of living a more positive, fulfilling, and longer life. This book presents 58 movements of this art (there are said to be thousands), however, this is most definitely not a book that is intended to be read through with an attempt at the entire set of movements in a short period of time.  In fact, the author specifically states that the exercises are meant to be studied and slowly integrated over a period of at least three months, so expect to take your time with this.  The text itself is warmly and conversationally written, with a bit of wry humor interjected throughout, keeping the book interesting rather than dry and textbook-like.  While a dvd of this material (or more likely a set of dvds) would be helpful (at least for me: I tend to learn better through seeing it done rather than reading about it), having the information available in any form precludes trips to Boston, where Asanaro regularly teaches.  Fortunately, the instructions are well-written and easy to follow and are accompanied by clear illustrations, so virtually anyone can execute the movements with relative ease.  Available from your independent, local bookstore and the Asanaro website.

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