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Lying By Sam Harris

  • Yoga One 609 Broadway Street Alexandria, MN, 56308 United States (map)

We will be listening to the short audio book 'Lying' by the famous author and neuroscientist Sam Harris with a group discussion to follow.

This will be a free donation based community event open to the public. We ask that you feel free to dontate after at

or purchase the book here

This class is a part of our on going Yoga Teacher Training, you are invited to share in this portion with us.

We will be listening, discussing, and introducing 'lying' as a platform to, and how it relates to, yoga & yogic principals such as Satya and Ahimsa. What is Satya and Ahimsa you ask? This book, discussion and event will set the stage for our next workshop: 'Yamas & Niyamas', where the principles of Satya: truth, and ahimsa: non harming, are introduced as two of many outlined in the principles of the yamas and niyamas, which are a part of the 8 limbs of yoga given in Patanjali's Yoga Sutras. (The eightfold path is called ashtanga, which literally means "eight limbs" (ashta=eight, anga=limb). These eight steps basically act as guidelines on how to live a meaningful and purposeful life.) As well the relationship to the art of skillfulness, skillful means and mindfulness practice and shambhala practice.

In Lying, bestselling author and neuroscientist Sam Harris argues that we can radically simplify our lives and improve society by merely telling the truth in situations where others often lie. He focuses on “white” lies—those lies we tell for the purpose of sparing people discomfort—for these are the lies that most often tempt us. And they tend to be the only lies that good people tell while imagining that they are being good in the process.

This essay is quite brilliant. (I was hoping it would be, so I wouldn’t have to lie.) I honestly loved it from beginning to end. Lying is the most thought-provoking read of the year.

— Ricky Gervais

In this brief but illuminating work, Sam Harris applies his characteristically calm and sensible logic to a subject that affects us all—the human capacity to lie. And by the book’s end, Harris has compelled you to lead a better life because the benefits of telling the truth far outweigh the cost of lies—to yourself, to others, and to society.

— Neil deGrasse Tyson, astrophysicist, American Museum of Natural History

This event will be lead and moderated by Elsa Wadsworth.