Books by John Mundahl
John Mundahl was born in St. Paul, Minnesota and raised in southern Minnesota where he still maintains a small home. He graduated from St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN in 1967 and joined the Peace Corps.
Following his Peace Corps service, he received his MA in Teaching English as a Second Language from San Francisco State University and taught ESL for 32 years in Iran, California, New Jersey, and Minneapolis.
He retired from teaching in 2007 and joined the Peace Corps again in 2012 serving in Romania for one year where he was assigned to the Ministry of Education in Bucharest and helped re-write the national English curriculum. In 2013, he accepted his third Peace Corps assignment and spent the year in Costa Rica as an English instructor in a national technical college in Nicoya, Costa Rica.
In 2015-2016 he was selected to be an English Language Fellow by the United States State Department and spent 10 months in Panama where he helped with their new national Bilingual Initiative.
He has been a yoga teacher and practitioner for 40 years, is also an Ayurvedic Health Care Educator, and the author of 16 books. He has three grown children and four grandchildren and has spent his retirement traveling, writing, and visiting family and friends.
He was a resident at the original Kripalu Yoga Ashram in Sumneytown, PA from 1977 to 1981, the four years of Swami Kripalu's remarkable stay in the United States. He lives in southern Minnesota and can be reached email@example.com
From the Heart of the Lotus: The Teaching Stories of Swami Kripalu
Swami Kripalu knew over 100 stories, an astonishing feat in itself, and yet storytelling was merely a playful aside for him. This book contains over 100 stories that he told us from May, 1977-September, 1977, when he was speaking to us twice a day, once in the morning and once in the afternoon. The book is available on Amazon or at Monkfish Book Publishing.
A Sunrise of Joy: The Lost Darshans of Swami Kripalu
This book details the life of Swami Kripalu from his birth in India in 1916 to his death in 1981. Part I describes his childhood, meeting his guru at age 19, his yogic training, and his spiritual ascent on the path of sahaj or kundalini yoga. Part II, the majority of the book, preserves his darshans during his 4-year stay in the United States from 1977-1981, when he broke his silence of many years and delivered more than 100 talks to residents and guests at the Kripalu Yoga Ashram and the Kripalu Yoga Retreat. Part III, details his life in seclusion at Muktidam in the United States where he did yoga sadhana for four years before returning to India in 1981. Available on Amazon or from Monkfish Book Publishing.
The Journey Home,: Daily Devotions With Swami Kripalu
Great saints and masters such as Swami Kripalu, or Bapuji, as he was lovingly called, continue to inspire us long after they are gone, and that is the purpose of this book. A daily devotional practice focused on the life of a saint, combined with prayer, brings strength to our lives, and surely the life and teachings of Swami Kripalu can be used in this way. In this book, author, historian, John Mundahl provides us with daily inspirational readings from the life of one of India’s greatest saints. The book also includes 140 pictures from the archives of Umesh Eric Baldwin.
Available on Amazon.
The Swami Kripalu Reader: Selected Works from a Yogic Master
This book gives selections from Swami Kripalu's life as a story-teller, musician, yogi, public speaker, writer and his life in his own words. 2/3 of the book preserves what little translated material we have from his prolific life as a writer. 540 Pages, including 33 pictures of Swami Kripalu from Umesh Eric Baldwin and others. Available on Amazon.
Soul to Soul: Poems, Prayers and Stories to End a Yoga Class
This book is a collection of inspiring selections that you can use in your yoga class. Enjoy quotes from the Dalai Llama, Eckhart Tolle, Thich Nhat Hanh, Shakti Gawain, Swami Kripalu, Mother Teresa, David Frawley and others. Honoring many cultures, spiritual traditions and spiritual masters, it's the perfect gift for yoga teachers and practitioners, or it can be read by anyone seeking an uplifting, often tender message. The 150 selections are a wonderful way to send your yoga students home rested and peaceful. Available on Amazon or from Monkfish Book Publishing.
Through the Looking Glass: Stories and Poems from the Road
A collection of short stories and poems that I wrote over many years, often while traveling in my van visiting our national parks and other beautiful areas of the United States. I met wonderful people, sang songs with them in campgrounds, hiked alone or with new companions, road my bike in the Tetons, camped next to mountain streams in the Sierras, and led the treasured life of a retired person still young at heart in love with the spontaneity of the moment. Available on Amazon.
The Awakening, Poems of Love and Joy for the New Earth
"The Awakening, Poems of Love and Joy for the New Earth," is a collection of poems that I wrote inspired by the poetry of Rumi. Simply told, the poems touch upon the lives of many great saints...Jesus, Buddha, Francis of Assisi, the Virgin Mary, Job, Ramana Maharishi, St. Augustine, Swami Kripalu. They remind us that we are spiritual, capable of transformation, that inner peace is possible for us amidst a noisy world, that there is an awakening happening on our planet and we can be a part of it...a kinder world. less grasping...although the change is occuring painfully slow. Available on Amazon.
Mastering the One-Day Fast: The Key to Health and Longevity
In this small, 36 page book, I describe my 38-year relationship to moderate, rational fasting, specifically the one-day, 36 hour fast and give simple instructions for anyone who would like to experiment with fasting as a healing and cleansing modality. Available on Amazon.
The Ant, the Butterfly, and the Wind, a Children's Story
In this children’s story, an ant, a butterfly and the wind each don’t like themselves. They want to be something other than what they are. They set off on a journey to talk to the sun, “because the sun knows everything.” What the sun tells them helps them, and they return to their lives feeling better about themselves. Available on Amazon.
Daybreak, Parables and Poems for the Peaceful Heart
Spiritual teachers throughout the ages have used parables to teach spiritual concepts. In this book, author/historian, John Mundahl introduces us to seven new parables that he wrote. He also added poems from his books to lighten your day and a few of his stories. The book makes good bedtime reading and the parables can be read to children. Available on Amazon.
English Pronunciation for Spanish-Speakers: Let's Keep it Simple
This book is a basic introduction to English pronunciation for Spanish-speakers. It is meant for busy English teachers and students whose native language is Spanish and who don’t have the time or interest in reading complicated books on English pronunciation. The book is simple, fun, easy to read and written in both English and Spanish. It provides valuable information on how to quickly improve your English pronunciation without trying to master the endless rules described in more complicated books on English pronunciation. Available on Amazon.
Tales of Courage, Tales of Dreams
Tales of Courage, Tales of Dreams is an ESL reader that I published in 1993. The stories are written for ESL students in middle school, high school and for young adults. Reading level is high beginning, or about 2nd grade level, but the themes are of interest to older students. Originally published by Addison-Wesley in 1993, now available on Amazon.
A Free People: Tracing Our Hmong Roots
While teaching ESL in the public schools of Minneapolis, I received a $15,000 grant to work with Hmong high school students to help them preserve their culture. I worked with another author, David Moore, and we helped our students interview their parents and elders and then organize their notes into a book. The project, The Hmong Youth Cultural Awareness Project, produced this book, A Free People, Tracing our Hmong Roots, in 1994. Available on Amazon.