Yoga for Artists

IncarnationYoga for Artists is an invitation to people in creative fields to try yoga as a way to enhance creativity, wellness, perspective, and joy, while at the same time reducing stress, blocks, frights, and injury. It’s a lighthearted look at the philosophy and practice of yoga, from an artist’s point of view.

A great read for artists and for yoga practitioners who want their artist friends to give it a try. As one reviewer wrote, it's also helpful for yoga teachers who want to learn how to talk to students who are artists. Here's a review by artist Joel Adas.

Read Yoga for Artists, now available in paperback or for Kindle from Amazon.com (click the button below) or from your favorite digital bookstore.

A New Novel of Desire and Purpose

IncarnationIncarnation follows a journalist, an actor, a writer, and a programmer whose dreams and desires play out together on the global stage, again and again. Each time, they find meaning as they spin on life’s mysterious wheel of fortune: samsara. Full of historical backstory, contemporary topics, and future speculation, Incarnation is a mix of a romantic political thriller and Sliding Doors' philosophical "what if." See a review, by Anya Szykitka. Read Incarnation, now available in paperback or for Kindle from Amazon.com (click the button below) or from your favorite digital bookstore.

A Short Novel about the Power of Love

Black_Hole_cover_200x320In my novel, The Black Hole of the Heart, three characters’ stories intersect around the similarity of emotional upheaval and the mysterious phenomenon of the black hole. With irresistable pull at play, each character falls and then finds a new truth about the possibilities of ending, rebirth, and the power of love. Read The Black Hole of the Heart, now available in paperback or for Kindle from Amazon.com (click the button below) or from your favorite digital bookstore.

Wally and Kali

When Wally looks for the path to love, he finds a naked yogini, a smiling guru, and a ruthless goddess lighting the way. Wally can't figure out how to transcend his life-long string of not quite right relationships. His latest mismatch introduces him to yoga, and while she's soon gone, Wally is hooked on a journey that brings him love, marriage and, maybe, the help of a goddess! Wally and Kali celebrates the poignancy and humor of modern love and family, set in the contemporary yoga scene. Get it in paperback or for Kindle from the button below, or from your favorite digital bookstore.  
"This book was one of the most enjoyable reads ever, for me. I lean toward the classics when it comes to fiction. Wally and Kali is really brilliantly written. There is a beautiful rhythm and flow to Peter Ferko's writing. His characters are so fully constructed; the world he creates in this book completely enveloped me and I didn't want to leave it. I couldn't wait to return to it. I can't wait to read his future books." —Commenter on Amazon.com

About Peter

Peter Ferko is an author who draws on lifelong pursuits in yoga, art, and music. His novels Incarnation, The Black Hole of the Heart, and Wally and Kali deal with love, purpose, and meaning in poignant, funny, sexy vibes and with page-turner plots. Peter is a yoga master who teaches classes and teacher training at ISHTA Yoga, a well-known yoga studio in Manhattan and was co-director of The Table, a yoga and arts project in Brooklyn. He teaches internationally and is available to teach and speak. Peter lives and works with fellow yogiraj, Wendy Newton, their ever-amusing dog, Mica, and the cat formerly known as Prince.

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I truly enjoyed reading Yoga for Artists. As a painter who has practiced yoga in the past, it spoke to me on many levels. With an economy of words and simple but eloquent illustrations, Peter Ferko outlined what a thoughtful, individualized yoga practice might be. The fact that it is more than a workout or a routine but rather a complete practice tailored uniquely to each person was a revelation to me. As a result of reading “Yoga For Artists”, I am strongly considering searching for a teacher who embodies many of the wonderful attributes to be found in this book.

“I wanted to stand with those who clearly see G-d’s holy broken world for what it is, and still find the courage or the heart to praise it. You don’t always get what you want. You’re not always up for the challenge. But in this case — it was given to me. For which I am deeply grateful.” From Leon Wieseltier’s Op-Ed in the New York Times

 

Denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. These are the five stages of grief, using one commonly cited psychological model.

It’s no secret that I would be disappointed with the outcome of the 2016 election. I have been mindful, this post-election morning, of those five stages cycling through my head, heart, and body.

I know a lot of you hung great hopes on this election. As you go through today and the coming months, remember that you, too, will cycle through these feelings. Each stage will pass, and likely come up again, to pass again.

Yoga philosophy, as presented in the Bhagavad Gita recommends that we strive to understanding that the drama of life is much smaller than the wholeness that we comprise. This leads us to realize that we shouldn’t look to the drama for our happiness, but to our wholeness. This can be done through selfless work, the explicit pursuit of wisdom, meditation, and then, letting go of the results of our efforts.

Relying on getting what you want to bring you happiness is the fuel of the drama of life. It’s what makes us put an unbalanced amount of attention on the winning and losing. Not the fight, not the work, not the discernment — these are all the good acts of life, living in each moment. The attachment to a particular outcome, desire, or abhorence of another, repulsion, will always ultimately lead to dissatisfaction. Things, events, relationships, officials, everything comes and goes.

So we continue our work. Democrats noted that love trumps hate and that we’re better together. Those principles are still true, even on the day you don’t get what you want. So be a vehicle for love. Aim to live together. It will be hard work. The beauty of the process is that this work brings you love and togetherness.

You may not hear me now. You may find it triggers anger, or depression, or whichever stage you’re in. Allow yourself the chance to heal, and recognize when you are cycling back into one of the five stages of grief. But when you get to acceptance, do your best to move on, to connect with your wholeness. Winning and losing comes from the outside; contentment comes from within.

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  • Thanksgiving morning master class at ISHTA Yoga. A grace-filled way to start the holiday season.
  • 300-Hour Teacher Training starting January 2017! Peter teaches ISHTA Yoga Teacher Training in New York. Training is a transformative way to deepen your understanding of yoga, whether or not you want to teach.
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  • Come to class at ISHTA Yoga, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturday.
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  • Incarnation, a novel. Pick up your copy today where you get e-books, or get the paperback at Amazon.
  • Wally and Kali is for sale at Amazon.com.
  • Available now, Peter's new short novel, Black Hole of the Heart. Get it where e-books are sold, or buy the paperback on Amazon.

Thanks to fabulous artist and good friend Melissa Staiger for this wonderful conversation!

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