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Yoga for a World out of Balance

Teachings on Ethics and Social Action
Paperback Book
Publisher: 
Shambhala
 | 
September, 2009
ISBN:
9781590307052
In stock now: 
5
$26.95 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

Spiritual awakening and fruition do not come from fleeing our suffering world but from opening up to it and being transformed by that encounter. Toronto-based yoga teacher Michael Stone’s new book demonstrates clearly and persuasively that social engagement is an essential part of genuine yogic practice. His work continues to be at the cutting edge of Western yoga.

Every aspect of our life has a part to play in the greater ecological system, Michael Stone explains in this book. How do we bring this large view to our yoga practice? According to Stone, our responsibility as human beings is to live in a sustainable and respectful way. He says two things need to change. First, we need to understand the relationship between our actions and the effects of our actions. Second, once we see the effect of our actions in the human and non-human world, we need practical skills for learning how to make changes.

Using the five principles (yama) described in the Yoga-Sutra attributed to Patanjali, Michael Stone offers a basis for rethinking ethical action and the spiritual path.

“Reverence for life up-ends the typical narcissism of spiritual literature; what we are offered here instead is a literate and deeply devotional integration of individual practice and social awareness. Yoga has always meant ‘union,’ but here in Michael Stone’s world, the profound philosophy of yoga permeates the dying earth and our living hearts with insights that are ancient, scintillating, and incisive. This is not a rehash of prior teachings, but a highly original uncloaking of the deepest meanings that await us in our practice.” —Paul Hawken, author of Blessed Unrest

“An important new work of great clarity that brilliantly explores the core concern of human existence: the coming together of spirit and action.” —Velcrow Ripper, director of the films Scared Sacred and Fierce Light

Also by Michael Stone, cofounder of
Toronto
’s
Center of
Gravity Sangha
, is The Inner Tradition of Yoga.

 

 

Publisher’s Description: 

Every aspect of our life has a part to play in the greater ecological system, Michael Stone explains in this book. How do we bring this large view to our yoga practice? According to Stone, our responsibility as human beings is to live in a sustainable and respectful way. He says two things need to change. First, we need to understand the relationship between our actions and the effects of our actions. Second, once we see the effect of our actions in the human and non-human world, we need practical skills for learning how to make changes.

Using the five principles (yama) described in the Yoga-Sutra attributed to Patanjali, Michael Stone offers a basis for rethinking ethical action and the spiritual path.The true path of yoga calls for a commitment to social responsibility in addition to ones personal practice on the mathere is a fresh viewpoint from a psychologist and teacher of yoga and meditation.

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