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Everything Is a Little Bit Alright: Yoga, Meditation, and a Dog Named Roy

by Daniel Hertz

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An uplifting, lighthearted, and compelling memoir that recounts the author's lifelong spiritual journey. The grief from the passing of his mom is transformed to gratitude, forgiveness, and joy as he moves along the healing path with the help of his dog, Roy. Along the way, the author, Daniel Hertz, becomes a devoted meditation practitioner and an award-winning teacher and counselor. A pivotal part of the journey is a nearly monthlong stay at a mountain shrine in India where Hertz meets a swami who eventually arranges his marriage. The story merges lively classroom scenes from his thirty-one years as a teacher and counselor in the Minneapolis Public Schools with his twenty-six-year adventure as a student and faculty member at the Meditation Center in Minneapolis. Looking back over his life, Hertz sees that true healing began when he accepted that the one thing in life certain to happen is change. 

BODY, MIND & SPIRIT / Mindfulness & Meditation

ISBN: 978-1-951651-29-9 (print; softcover; perfect bound)
ISBN: 978-1-951651-30-5 (digital)

LCCN: 2020937485

Released 5-12-2020

188 pages

Author Biography

Daniel Hertz (MS, BCB, E-RYT 500) spent thirty-one years as a teacher and counselor in the Minneapolis Public Schools. In 2004 he received the PreK-12 Outstanding Educator Award from the University of Minnesota, College of Education Alumni Society. Daniel is internationally certified as both a biofeedback practitioner and as a yoga and meditation instructor. He was initiated into the Himalayan Yoga and Meditation Tradition in 1993 and has been on the faculty of the Meditation Center in Minneapolis since 1995.


Everything Is A Little Bit Alright is a force of measured argument. The reader is mesmerized into a calming meditative space that is at once familiar and highly uncomfortable. Hertz recounts the death of his mother, father, and dog all with the same even-handed delivery and exhalation that he writes of his travels to unfamiliar places.  . . . a breathing journey of both literal and internal space.  . . . a barely perceptible trail in a heavily wooded grove; a yoga class on each page.
Nicole Helget, 2018 Minnesota Book Award Winner

Daniel Hertz opens the door by way of his own life-lessons and gives simple to use techniques of clearing one’s mind and opening one’s heart. A must read “How-To” manual for the soul with rich illustrations of enlightened moments that you too can treasure. Meditate and dance to the “inner-music” of a liberated spirit through the stories and anecdotes.  Thank you, Daniel, for this truly remarkable book of life in your journey of life. Your book is truly a beacon of illumination.
Daniel Richey, MBA, past director, The Meditation Center, Minneapolis

Articles and Reviews

Amazon reviews!

Diane Donovan, Review,” Midwest Book Review, September 2020

Randall Krause (Mokshadeva), “A New Book from Daniel Hertz,” AHYMSIN Newsletter, June 2020

“An uplifting memoir recounting a Minnesotan's lifelong spiritual journey,” May 8, 2020. PRESS RELEASE


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