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Heart Yoga

The Sacred Marriage of Yoga and Mysticism
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North Atlantic
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May, 2010
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9781556438974
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$21.50 CAD
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Andrew Harvey, renowned spiritual writer, and Karuna Erickson, longtime yoga teacher and psychotherapist, have been working together for many years to birth a revolutionary approach to yoga. Heart Yoga marries at the most passionate depth the ancient traditions of yoga with the wisdom of the mystical traditions concerning the sacred heart and the divine light. Their intention is to inspire the yoga community to become the crucible for the divinization of the body and the birth of the divine human.

Their book Heart Yoga grounds the splendor of the vision of the sacred marriage in an unfolding of the “Five Great Joys” that radiate from it: the joys of transcendence, creation, love for all beings, Tantra, and service.  For each of these joys, Andrew and Karuna offer precise and beautiful combinations of classical asanas with sacred poetry, meditations, and visualizations drawn from the classical mystical traditions. These enable each joy to be experienced simultaneously in the illumined mind, ecstatic heart, and increasingly conscious and spiritualized body.

With detailed descriptions and photographs of fifty yoga poses and their alchemical effects on the body and consciousness, Heart Yoga presents yoga as a simple meditative practice that enables the practitioner to dwell in the heart and experience the bliss of union with the sacred power underlying all of life. The book explains how to prepare for Heart Yoga and includes the authors’ own compelling stories of their individual journeys along the path of yoga: stories of suffering, transcendence, and joy.

Andrew Harvey and Karuna Erickson are both longtime devoted Sacred Activists who see Heart Yoga as a yoga that can tremendously help the creation in a human being of a unified force-field of embodied divine energy and love.

Among Andrew Harvey’s other books are The Hope and Light Upon Light.

 

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***WINNER, 2010 Spirituality & Practice Best Spiritual Book Award – Yoga

In Heart Yoga, renowned spiritual writer and Sacred Activist Andrew Harvey and longtime yoga teacher Karuna Erickson present a vision of hatha yoga practice that links ancient spiritual traditions to contemporary life. Including excerpts of poetic sacred writing from mystical sages through the ages, the book reminds readers that the purpose of yoga is not to improve one's physical health or even to achieve peace of mind (although these results may be achieved along the way), but to reach a state of unity with the divine, the goal of mystics from all traditions. With detailed descriptions and photographs of fifty yoga poses and their alchemical effects on the body and consciousness, Heart Yoga presents yoga as a simple meditative practice that enables the practitioner to dwell in the heart and experience the bliss of union with the sacred power underlying all of life. The book explains how to prepare for Heart Yoga and describes the “Five Great Joys” that are part of the path. Included are the authors' own compelling stories of their individual journeys along the path of yoga: stories of suffering, transcendence, and joy that both inspire and enlighten.

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