Will Johnson


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Will Johnson is the founder and director of the Institute for Embodiment Training, which combines Western somatic psychotherapy with Eastern meditation practices. He is the author of several books, including Breathing through the Whole Body, The Posture of Meditation, and The Spiritual Practices of Rumi. He lives in British Columbia.

Books By Will Johnson

  1. Breathing through the Whole Body

    Breathing through the Whole Body

    By Will Johnson

    $12.95
    Through the practice of breathing through the whole body, the mind starts resolving its addiction to thinking, the body becomes more comfortable, and meditative practice deepens, allowing the teachings of the Buddha to be directly revealed.
  2. Yoga of the Mahamudra

    Yoga of the Mahamudra

    By Will Johnson

    $14.95
    Mahamudra, literally "the great gesture," is often looked upon as the highest manifestation of consciousness within the Tibetan Vajrayana tradition. Will Johnson presents three simple yogic principles from Tilopa's Song of Mahamudra, and explains how to bring forth the condition of mahamudra naturally by utilizing the mystical yoga of balance.
  3. The Sailfish and the Sacred Mountain

    The Sailfish and the Sacred Mountain

    By Will Johnson

    $16.95
    The Sailfish and the Sacred Mountain presents a unique view into how we can create the circumstances that invite profound spiritual awakenings to occur in our lives. Part spiritual travelogue, part personal memoir, Will Johnson reflects on his own life passages, and tells the story of the remarkable journey with his son to Mount Kailas--a journey that proves to be a moment of passage for both father and son.
  4. The Forbidden Rumi

    The Forbidden Rumi

    Translated with commentary by Nevit O. Ergin
    Translated with commentary by Will Johnson

    $14.95
    When Nevit Ergin decided to translate Rumi’s Divan into English, he enlisted the help of the Turkish government. They were supportive at first but refused to participate in the publication of the final volume due to its openly heretical nature. Will Johnson and Nevit Ergin present here for the first time in English Rumi’s poems from this forbidden volume.
  5. The Rubais of Rumi

    The Rubais of Rumi

    Translated with commentary by Nevit O. Ergin
    Translated with commentary by Will Johnson

    $14.95
    Rumi composed and spoke his poems through the spontaneous “language of poetry” that poured from his lips as he traveled the streets. Nevit O. Ergin, the translator of the complete Divan-i Kebir, and Will Johnson present the first English translation of 233 of the most evocative of Rumi’s 1,700 rubais.
  6. Rumi’s Four Essential Practices

    Rumi’s Four Essential Practices

    By Will Johnson

    $14.95
    Rumi's essential practices--eating lightly, breathing deeply, moving freely, and gazing raptly at his teacher--enabled him to achieve a transcendent union with the divine. These practices allow us to merge with the God that resides deep within us all.
  7. The Spiritual Practices of Rumi

    The Spiritual Practices of Rumi

    By Will Johnson

    $14.95
    In 1244, the Sufi poet, Jalaluddin Rumi, met a wandering seeker named Shams-i-Tabriz. Upon meeting, the two men immediately went into private retreat together and emerged 90 days later in a transformed condition. The Spiritual Practices of Rumi reveals the esoteric practice that Rumi and Shams were engaged in.
  8. Eyes Wide Open

    Eyes Wide Open

    By Will Johnson

    $12.95
    Author Will Johnson offers meditation exercises to create a mind like a mirror, cleansing it of obscuring layers of worry and emotion to see things as they are. Through this new kind of seeing, divisions between your inner and outer world drop away. By cleansing the mirror of the mind, we awaken into our true, essential nature.
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    Cannabis in Spiritual Practice

    Cannabis in Spiritual Practice

    By Will Johnson

    $16.99
    Drawing upon his decades of experience as a teacher of Buddhism, breathing, yoga, and embodied spirituality, Will Johnson examines Eastern spiritual perspectives on marijuana and offers specific guidelines and exercises for integrating cannabis into spiritual practice, such as using marijuana as a sacrament and in the Buddhist practice of calming the mind. Includes access to 9 audio meditations.
  10. Breathing as Spiritual Practice

    Breathing as Spiritual Practice

    By Will Johnson

    $14.99
    Will Johnson reveals how Western spiritual traditions, such as the Book of Genesis, the Jewish teachings of ruach, and the poetry of Rumi, contain hidden instructions for meditative breathing practices. He explains how these practices open us up to the presence of spirit in every breath and can provide a direct experience of God.