Marty Klein, totally blind since 1974 and a therapist for thirty years, has led a variety of workshops including those for visually impaired people and he has been practicing yoga for over twenty eight years. In 1998 he founded Southern Springs, a holistic learning center in Tallahassee, Florida. He is also the author of three books, Blindsighted: One Man’s Journey From Sight to Insight, Emotional Cleansing: The Spiritual Journey Toward a Clear Heart, and The Enlightened Gambler. You can learn more about Marty's books at www.theenlightenedgambler.com or read more below.
The Enlightened Gambler guides the reader through the author’s world of gambling, seduced by the never ending excitement in the “land of uncertainty”. . The book encourages readers to step past the superficial and take a more conscious view of the motivating drive in all of us to take risks. In a lighthearted, sometimes laugh-out-loud, self deprecating style, the author playfully and willingly exposes his own vulnerability to the seductive lure of gambling, but then points out ways to encourage winning attitudes, which he has developed over the years, while defusing old, toxic, loser mentality.
The Enlightened Gambler is availbable for purchase on Amazon in paperback and Kindle edition.
Blindsighted: One Mans journey from sight to insight
Blindsighted is the fascinating story of Marty's struggle with his loss of vision in his early twenties, his difficulty with accepting his blindness, and eventually his revelations and insights as he adjusted to the transition to a life without sight. In an easy, page turning style he exposes a painful childhood, wild and crazy drug induced events and a desire to heal and grow that attracted him to a healthy therapeutic community and a meaningful relationship.
Blindsighted is availbable for purchase on Amazon in paperback and Kindle edition.
Emotional Cleansing: The Spiritual Journey to a clear heart
Emotional Cleansing is a guide to psychological and physical well-being based on the concept of "emotional toxins," the tensions resulting from years of stressful situations and inhibition of natural release mechanisms. In an easy, anecdotal style, using examples from his own life and from his years as a counselor involved in the Reevaluation Counseling community, Marty Klein describes the negative side effects of these toxins and offers directions and techniques for releasing them. "Emotional cleansing is very similar to cleansing the body of sweat and dirt from a day's work. The only difference is we are cleaning the emotional body. When we've worked through all the inhibitions or compulsions, pretenses, denials or neurotic obsessions acquired from our earlier training, then the cleansing of the emotional body can become second nature."
Emotional Cleansing is availbable for purchase on Amazon in paperback and Kindle edition.
Gretchen Hein received her yoga teacher certification through Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, one of the oldest centers for yoga in the U.S. She has practiced yoga and tai chi since the mid 70’s. Her Kripalu approach to yoga is also informed by her studies in the Iyengar and Anusara traditions. She has worked with visually impaired students helping them to rediscover their bodies, release tension and explore the joys of yoga. She currently teaches yoga in Tallahassee, Florida.