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Yoga And The Quest For The True Self

Paperback Book
September, 2000
$24.00 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

From a scholar of yoga psychology—who is also a Western-trained psychotherapist—comes this irreverent modern Pilgrim’s Progress, a lively and personal account of yoga, the 4,000-year-old practical path of liberation: “the way of the fully alive human being.” Drawing on the vivid stories of practitioners at Kripalu, the largest yoga centre in America, where he has lived for over a decade, Stephen Cope introduces, with clarity and wit, an unforgettable cast of contemporary seekers—on the road to enlightenment carrying all the baggage of the human condition: confusion, loss, disappointment, addiction, and the eternal conflicts around sex and relationship. This is a book on spiritual practice, excluding nothing—“where the rubber hits the road” in our culture—that’s as compelling to read as a good novel. It vividly and conversationally describes what the life of yoga entails.

I have attempted to write the Baedeker I needed as I began my own exploration—an account of the interaction of real Western human beings with the psychology, philosophy, and practice of yoga; an account that attempts to build a bridge between a sometimes complicated and esoteric theory and an essentially straightforward and down-to-earth practice.

“A down-to-earth, wise, spiritually mature and compassionate teaching that integrates the best of yoga and our own Western humanity. Destined to be a classic.” —Jack Kornfield, author of A Path with Heart

“Captures the essential magic of yoga—brilliantly helping us to connect muscle, bone, and sinew with spirit, soul, and consciousness. An inspiring guide to anyone interested in the deepest possibilities of human existence.” —John Welwood, author of Journey of the Heart

Publisher’s Description: 

Millions of Americans know yoga as a superb form of exercise and as a potent source of calm in our stress-filled lives. Far fewer are aware of the full promise of yoga as a 4,000-year-old practical path of liberation—a path that fits the needs of modern Western seekers with startling precision. Now Stephen Cope, a Western-trained psychotherapist who has lived and taught for more than ten years at the largest yoga center in America, offers this marvelously lively and irreverent "pilgrim's progress" for today's world. He demystifies the philosophy, psychology, and practice of yoga, and shows how it applies to our most human dilemmas: from loss, disappointment, and addiction, to the eternal conflicts around sex and relationship. And he shows us that in yoga, "liberation" does not require us to leave our everyday lives for some transcendent spiritual plane—life itself is the path. Above all, Cope shows how yoga can heal the suffering of self-estrangement that pervades our society, leading us to a new sense of purpose and to a deeper, more satisfying life in the world.

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