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Awake in the World

Teachings from Yoga and Buddhism for Living an Engaged Life
Paperback Book
Publisher: 
Shambhala
 | 
June, 2011
ISBN:
9781590308141
In stock now: 
6
$20.50 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

In these essays, Toronto yoga teacher Michael Stone teaches the essentials of mindfulness and yoga practice, explaining that the practices of yoga and meditation are not about escaping reality but about living fully in the here and now, opening to our experience, and gaining access to stillness within the flow of life.

There is nothing holy or religious about Yoga theory or practice. These teachings are most alive in the gardens, alleys, and ravines where those who may not even know they are yogis are challenging the status quo both internally and externally. This is not a practice that thrives in temples or commercial studios. This is a path for those seeking freedom from the psychological and cultural entanglements of mind and body.

The essence of yoga and Buddhist practice is opening the heart—our own and the heart of the world. When we regularly practice opening our heart to the world, we are pushing our practice to a deeper level—one that benefits not only us but our community. In Awake in the World, Stone eloquently argues for the importance of participation in communities in ways that further justice and minimize harm to all human beings. When we integrate a committed yoga practice with community-based inquiry, we create something bigger than we experience alone on the mat.

Stone’s blend of Buddhist meditation methods and clinical psychotherapy practice gives this book a subtlety and accessibility not often encountered.

 “Just as yoga postures open the body, these essays awaken the mind, revealing, in elegant and lyrical prose, our unbreakable connection to every part of this ailing world.” —Naomi Klein, author of The Shock Doctrine

Also by Michael Stone are The Inner Tradition of Yoga and Yoga for a World Out of Balance.

Publisher’s Description: 

How can we live a balanced life in unbalanced times? How can the practices of meditation and yoga support our relationships, our work lives, and the greater good? Author, teacher, and psychotherapist Michael Stone presents the essential insights of mindfulness and yoga, emphasizing the teachings of simplicity and the interdependence of all life.

Stone explains that the practices of yoga and meditation are not about escaping reality but about living fully in the here and now, opening to our experience, and gaining access to stillness within the flow of life. The essence of yoga and Buddhist practice is opening the heartour own and the heart of the world. With that awareness, Stone encourages us to get involved in our communities, to speak out when we see wrongdoing, and to find ways of helping others.

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