Yoga and the Quest for the True Self

Yoga and the Quest for the True Self
Author: Stephen Cope
Publsiher: Bantam
Total Pages: 384
Release: 2018-04-17
ISBN 10: 198480006X
ISBN 13: 9781984800060
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Yoga and the Quest for the True Self Book Review:

More than 100,000 copies sold! Millions of Americans know yoga as a superb form of exercise and as a potent source of calm in the midst of our stress-filled lives. Far fewer are aware of the full promise of yoga as "the way of the fully alive human being"--a 4,000-year-old practical path of liberation that fits the needs of modern Western seekers with startling precision. Now one of America's leading scholars of yoga psychology--who is also a Western-trained psychotherapist--offers this marvelously lively and personal account of an ancient tradition that promises "the soul awake in this lifetime." Drawing on the vivid stories of practitioners at the largest yoga center in America, where he has lived and taught for more than ten years, Stephen Cope describes the philosophy, psychology, and practice of yoga--a practical science of development that urges us not to transcend or dissolve the self, but rather to encounter it more deeply. In this irreverent modern-day Pilgrim's Progress, Cope introduces us to 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. As he describes the subtle shifts of energy and consciousness that happen at each stage of the path, we discover that in yoga, "liberation" does not require us to leave life in the world 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.

Yoga and the Quest for the True Self

Yoga and the Quest for the True Self
Author: Stephen Cope
Publsiher: Bantam
Total Pages: 358
Release: 1999
ISBN 10: 1928374650XXX
ISBN 13: UVA:X004525547
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Yoga and the Quest for the True Self Book Review:

One of the nation's leading Yoga instructors and teachers reveals the spiritual wisdom and health benefits underpinning this ancient practice, which has been adopted by more than eight million Americans.

Yoga and the Quest for the True Self

Yoga and the Quest for the True Self
Author: Stephen Cope
Publsiher: Bantam
Total Pages: 384
Release: 2000-09
ISBN 10: 9780553378351
ISBN 13: 055337835X
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Yoga and the Quest for the True Self Book Review:

Focusing on the spiritual benefits of hatha yoga, the author looks past the "how-two" approach to explore the more subtle, less physical effects of this ancient meditation practice. Reprint.

The Great Work of Your Life

The Great Work of Your Life
Author: Stephen Cope
Publsiher: Bantam
Total Pages: 304
Release: 2015-12-15
ISBN 10: 0553386077
ISBN 13: 9780553386073
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Great Work of Your Life Book Review:

An inspiring meditation on living a purposeful life by the director of the Institute for Extraordinary Living at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health draws on the wisdom of the Bhagavad Gita to present the spiritually relevant story of a young warrior in crisis and God in disguise.

The Wisdom of Yoga

The Wisdom of Yoga
Author: Stephen Cope
Publsiher: Bantam
Total Pages: 316
Release: 2006
ISBN 10: 0553801112
ISBN 13: 9780553801118
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Wisdom of Yoga Book Review:

The author of Yoga and the Quest for the True Self offers spiritual seekers from all traditions a practical introduction to the wisdom and teachings of the Yogasutra, as he brings together insights from yoga philosophy with modern psychology to offer lessons in ethical living, enhanced creativity, and the discovery of one's higher purpose. 20,000 first printing.

The Spiritual Quest and the Way of Yoga

The Spiritual Quest and the Way of Yoga
Author: Swami Adiswarananda
Publsiher: SkyLight Paths Publishing
Total Pages: 277
Release: 2005-01
ISBN 10: 1594731136
ISBN 13: 9781594731136
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Spiritual Quest and the Way of Yoga Book Review:

Provides a detailed discussion of the place of the human individual in the universe and an illuminating overview of important practices of living according to the path of Yoga. $15,000 ad/promo.

Will Yoga Meditation Really Change My Life

Will Yoga   Meditation Really Change My Life
Author: Stephen Cope
Publsiher: Storey Publishing
Total Pages: 330
Release: 2003-01-01
ISBN 10: 1580175090
ISBN 13: 9781580175098
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Will Yoga Meditation Really Change My Life Book Review:

As one of the largest and most successful yoga-based retreat and education centers in the world, Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health in Lenox, Massachusetts, attracts many of the leading teachers of yoga and Buddhist meditation to its annual retreat, East meets East: Yoga & Buddhism. In Will Yoga & Meditation Really Change My Life? Stephen Cope brings to the printed page the fascinating dialogue that he has fostered in these retreats. Cope asks participating teachers to share their Tales from the Path, stories of how the long-term practice of these ancient traditions has changed their lives. The result is an inspirational volume featuring 26 distinct voices telling their stories, how they became interested in these traditions, the teachers who inspired them, and how the practice of yoga and meditation has shaped their lives and perspectives. The contributors, many of whom are authors of well-known books on these topics, speak of their experiences as real people living in our complex world, complete with spouses, children, aging parents, financial demands, illnesses, injuries, and all of the ordinary aggravations of everyday life. Many of these teachers have studied and explored the practice of yoga or meditation over the course of 30 years and have been pivotal in creating retreat centers, styles of yoga, and teaching techniques that have contributed to the widespread popularity of these practices in mainstream culture. The stories of these teachers ask the questions, What is possible for me, in my life, right now? How can my practice of yoga and meditation help me lead a more satisfying life? These are questions on which every spiritual seeker and practitioner of yoga and meditation inevitably must reflect.

Misadventures of a Garden State Yogi

Misadventures of a Garden State Yogi
Author: Brian Leaf
Publsiher: New World Library
Total Pages: 264
Release: 2012-10-19
ISBN 10: 1608681378
ISBN 13: 9781608681372
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Misadventures of a Garden State Yogi Book Review:

As a college freshman business major suffering from a variety of anxiety-related maladies, Brian Leaf stumbled into an elective: yoga. It was 1989. All his classmates were female. And men did not yet generally “cry, hug, or do yoga.” But yoga soothed and calmed Leaf as nothing else had. As his hilarious and wise tale shows, Leaf embarked on a quest for health and happiness — visiting yoga studios around the country and consulting Ayurvedic physicians, swamis, and even (accidentally) a prostitute. Twenty-one years later, he teaches yoga and meditation and is the beloved founder of a holistic tutoring center that helps students whose ailments he once shared.

Overcoming Trauma through Yoga

Overcoming Trauma through Yoga
Author: David Emerson,Elizabeth Hopper, Ph.D.
Publsiher: North Atlantic Books
Total Pages: 184
Release: 2012-01-10
ISBN 10: 1583945334
ISBN 13: 9781583945339
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Overcoming Trauma through Yoga Book Review:

Survivors of trauma—whether abuse, accidents, or war—can end up profoundly wounded, betrayed by their bodies that failed to get them to safety and that are a source of pain. In order to fully heal from trauma, a connection must be made with oneself, including one’s body. The trauma-sensitive yoga described in this book moves beyond traditional talk therapies that focus on the mind, by bringing the body actively into the healing process. This allows trauma survivors to cultivate a more positive relationship to their body through gentle breath, mindfulness, and movement practices. Overcoming Trauma through Yoga is a book for survivors, clinicians, and yoga instructors who are interested in mind/body healing. It introduces trauma-sensitive yoga, a modified approach to yoga developed in collaboration between yoga teachers and clinicians at the Trauma Center at Justice Resource Institute, led by yoga teacher David Emerson, along with medical doctor Bessel van der Kolk. The book begins with an in-depth description of trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), including a description of how trauma is held in the body and the need for body-based treatment. It offers a brief history of yoga, describes various styles of yoga commonly found in Western practice, and identifies four key themes of trauma-sensitive yoga. Chair-based exercises are described that can be incorporated into individual or group therapy, targeting specific treatment goals, and modifications are offered for mat-based yoga classes. Each exercise includes trauma-sensitive language to introduce the practice, as well as photographs to illustrate the poses. The practices have been offered to a wide range of individuals and groups, including men and women, teens, returning veterans, and others. Rounded out by valuable quotes and case stories, the book presents mindfulness, breathing, and yoga exercises that can be used by home practitioners, yoga teachers, and therapists as a way to cultivate awareness, tolerance, and an increased acceptance of the self.

The Dharma in Difficult Times

The Dharma in Difficult Times
Author: Stephen Cope
Publsiher: Hay House, Inc
Total Pages: 257
Release: 2022-01-11
ISBN 10: 1401957277
ISBN 13: 9781401957278
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Dharma in Difficult Times Book Review:

The best-selling author of The Great Work of Your Life shows us the way through our darkest times to our truest calling. How do we make sense of our lives when our world seems to be falling apart? In this beautifully written guide, scholar and teacher Stephen Cope shows that crises don’t have to derail us from our purpose—they can actually help us to find our purpose and step forward as our best selves. The Dharma in Difficult Times extends the message of Cope’s best-loved book, The Great Work of Your Life, which gave readers a roadmap for the journey to their true calling. As in Great Work, Cope here takes the ancient yogic text the Bhagavad Gita—the epic narrative of the warrior Arjuna’s odyssey of self-discovery—as a model for the reader’s journey. Then he builds on that foundation using the stories and teachings of famous figures, as well as stories of ordinary people and his own rich personal experience. Along the way, we find striking examples for finding meaning and purpose in our lives: • Gandhi shows how to tap our spiritual resources and listen for our inner voice • Sojourner Truth and Henry David Thoreau inspire us to seek out the unmistakable signs of dharma in the midst of chaos • Marian Anderson and Ruby Sales shed light on dharma’s mystic power and how we learn to trust in it • And more In the spirit of Pema Chödrön’s When Things Fall Apart, this book is required reading when you find yourself forging a path through crisis—or seeking a way through your darkest times to your truest self.

Mindfulness Yoga

Mindfulness Yoga
Author: Frank Jude Boccio,Georg Feuerstein
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 341
Release: 2004
ISBN 10: 0861713354
ISBN 13: 9780861713356
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Mindfulness Yoga Book Review:

Drawing on several forms of yoga, a student of Thich Nhat Hanh serves up an accessible introduction to yoga from a Buddhist perspective that outlines the movements, poses, and breathing technique in seventy-five illustrations. Original.

Poser

Poser
Author: Claire Dederer
Publsiher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Total Pages: 352
Release: 2010-12-21
ISBN 10: 9781429973182
ISBN 13: 1429973188
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Poser Book Review:

The studio was decorated in the style of "Don't Be Afraid, We're Not a Cult." All was white and blond and clean, as though the room had been designed for surgery, or Swedish people. The only spot of color came from the Tibetan prayer flags strung over the doorway into the studio. In flagrant defiance of my longtime policy of never entering a structure adorned with Tibetan prayer flags, I removed my shoes, paid my ten bucks, and walked in . . . Ten years ago, Claire Dederer threw her back out breastfeeding her baby daughter. Told to try yoga by everyone from the woman behind the counter at the co-op to the homeless guy on the corner, she signed up for her first class. She fell madly in love. Over the next decade, she would tackle triangle, wheel, and the dreaded crow, becoming fast friends with some poses and developing long-standing feuds with others. At the same time, she found herself confronting the forces that shaped her generation. Daughters of women who ran away to find themselves and made a few messes along the way, Dederer and her peers grew up determined to be good, good, good—even if this meant feeling hemmed in by the smugness of their organic-buying, attachment-parenting, anxiously conscientious little world. Yoga seemed to fit right into this virtuous program, but to her surprise, Dederer found that the deeper she went into the poses, the more they tested her most basic ideas of what makes a good mother, daughter, friend, wife—and the more they made her want something a little less tidy, a little more improvisational. Less goodness, more joy. Poser is unlike any other book about yoga you will read—because it is actually a book about life. Witty and heartfelt, sharp and irreverent, Poser is for anyone who has ever tried to stand on their head while keeping both feet on the ground.

Deep Human Connection

Deep Human Connection
Author: Stephen Cope
Publsiher: Hay House, Inc
Total Pages: 288
Release: 2019-03-26
ISBN 10: 1401956866
ISBN 13: 9781401956868
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Deep Human Connection Book Review:

New in paperback (originally published as Soul Friends): Yoga master Stephen Cope explores the essence of human connections through six types of relationships. As the Senior Scholar-in-Residence for over 25 years at the renowned Kripalu Center, Stephen Cope has spent decades investigating--and writing about--the integration of body, mind, and spirit and the rich complexity of our relationships with others, and with ourselves. Perhaps the central truth that arises from his work is this: human beings are universally wired for one thing--vital connection with one another. Now available for the first time in paperback (and originally published as Soul Friends), this book invites us on a compelling journey into the connectivity of the human psyche, the study of which has fascinated scholars, philosophers, and thinkers for centuries. Cope seamlessly blends science, scholarship, and storytelling, drawing on his own life as well as the histories of famous figures--from Eleanor Roosevelt to Charles Darwin to Queen Victoria--whose formative relationships shed light on the nature of friendship itself. In his exploration, he distills human connection into six distinct yet interconnected mechanisms: containment, twinship, adversity, mirroring, identification, and conscious partnership. Then he invites us to reflect on how these forms of connection appear in our own lives, helping us work toward a fuller understanding of "who we have become and who we will become." Without a doubt, the journey to our most fulfilled selves requires us to look within. But in order to truly thrive, we must make the most of who we are in relation to one another as well. Unsparingly honest, deeply wise, and irresistibly readable, Deep Human Connection gives us a map to find our way.

Soul Friends

Soul Friends
Author: Stephen Cope
Publsiher: Hay House, Inc
Total Pages: 376
Release: 2017-04-04
ISBN 10: 1401946526
ISBN 13: 9781401946524
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Soul Friends Book Review:

"Most of us will have many friends throughout our lifetimes—friends of all shapes, sizes, and callings. Many of these are wonderful, meaningful friendships. Some are difficult. But some magic few of these are connections that have gone right to our soul. These five or seven or ten friendships have been powerful keys to determining who we have become and who we will become. . . . These are the people I call Soul Friends." As the Senior Scholar-in-Residence for over 25 years at the renowned Kripalu Center, Stephen Cope has spent decades investigating—and writing about—the integration of body, mind, and spirit and the rich complexity of our relationships with others, and with ourselves. Perhaps the central truth that arises from his work is this: human beings are universally wired for one thing—vital connection with one another.Soul Friends invites us on a compelling journey into the connectivity of the human psyche, the study of which has fascinated scholars, philosophers, and thinkers for centuries. Cope seamlessly blends science, scholarship, and storytelling, drawing on his own life as well as the histories of famous figures—from Eleanor Roosevelt to Charles Darwin to Queen Victoria—whose formative relationships shed light on the nature of friendship itself. In his exploration, he distills human connection into six distinct yet interconnected mechanisms: containment, twinship, adversity, mirroring, identification, and conscious partnership. Then he invites us to reflect on how these forms of connection appear in our own lives, helping us work toward a fuller understanding of "who we have become and who we will become."Without a doubt, the journey to our most fulfilled selves requires us to look within. But in order to truly thrive, we must make the most of who we are in relation to one another as well. Unsparingly honest, deeply wise, and irresistibly readable, Soul Friends gives us a map to find our way.

Emotional Yoga

Emotional Yoga
Author: Bija Bennett
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 240
Release: 2011-11-08
ISBN 10: 0743234065
ISBN 13: 9780743234061
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Emotional Yoga Book Review:

A groundbreaking yoga program that takes full advantage of the body-mind connection. Drawing on her extensive training in yoga therapy, dance, and meditation, Bija Bennett has created a groundbreaking yoga program that takes full advantage of the body-mind connection. Based on the classical eightfold path of yoga, Emotional Yoga offers a broad range of simple body-mind techniques that can positively affect our emotional well-being, including the dynamic interplay of movements, breathing exercises, meditations, lifestyle skills, rituals, gestures, and healing sounds. Each technique is presented in a way that is true to Bennett's background in the tradition of Viniyoga, which allows the reader to adapt the program to his or her specific needs.

The Best Guide to Meditation

The Best Guide to Meditation
Author: Victor N. Davich
Publsiher: Macmillan
Total Pages: 350
Release: 1998-06-15
ISBN 10: 1580630103
ISBN 13: 9781580630108
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Best Guide to Meditation Book Review:

Introduces the concept of meditation, offers advice on meditating, and describes various types of meditation and how they can influence one's life

Rewilding

Rewilding
Author: Micah Mortali
Publsiher: Sounds True
Total Pages: 240
Release: 2019-12-03
ISBN 10: 1683644220
ISBN 13: 9781683644224
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Rewilding Book Review:

Reconnect with your wild essence as you awaken your innate bond with the natural world “Rewilding is a return to our essential nature. It is an attempt to reclaim something of what we were before we used words like ‘civilized’ to define ourselves.” —Micah Mortali In his long-awaited book Rewilding, Kripalu director Micah Mortali brings together yoga, mindfulness, wilderness training, and ancestral skills to create a unique guide for reigniting your primal energy—your undomesticated true self—and deepening your connection with the living earth. For hundreds of thousands of years, humans lived intimately with the earth. We were in the wild and of the wild. Today, we live mostly urban lives—and our vital wildness has gone dormant. As a result, we’re more isolated, unhealthy, anxious, and depressed than ever, and our planet has suffered alongside us. With Rewilding, Mortali invites us to shed the effects of over-civilization and explore an inner wisdom that is primal, ancient, and profound. Whether you live in the middle of a city or alongside the woods, the insights and practices on these pages will bring you home to your wild, wise, and alive self. Highlights include: Practice-rich content—mindfulness exercises, guided meditations, yoga and pranayama, inward sensing, forest bathing, and much more The “life-force deficit”—explore how our separation from nature affects us physiologically and spiritually Ancestral skills—such as tracking, foraging, building fires, and finding shelter Develop a sense of calm, clarity, connection, and confidence in both your daily life and the great outdoors What you can learn from nature’s teachers—lessons from mountains, rivers, trees, and our animal kin Rewild in the wild—guidelines around safety, preparedness, appropriate gear, and packing lists A mindful rewilding flow—put everything together in an immersive, step-by-step rewilding experience Awaken your authentic spiritual connection with the natural world as you come home to your true self Understand the relationship between our health and the health of our planet—and how we can begin to heal both Part celebration of the natural world, part spiritual memoir, and part how-to guide, Rewilding is a must-read for anyone who wants to embrace their wild nature and essential place in the living earth.

The Art of Vinyasa

The Art of Vinyasa
Author: Richard Freeman,Mary Taylor
Publsiher: Shambhala Publications
Total Pages: 368
Release: 2016-12-20
ISBN 10: 0834840405
ISBN 13: 9780834840409
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Art of Vinyasa Book Review:

A radical presentation of the most rigorous form of contemporary yoga as meditation in motion In The Art of Vinyasa, two of the most well-respected teachers of the Ashtanga style of yoga, Richard Freeman and Mary Taylor, explore this rigorous practice not as a gymnastic feat, but as a meditative form. They reveal that doing the practice—and particularly the vinyasa, or the breath-synchronized movements—in such a deep and focused way allows practitioners to experience a profound awakening of the body and mind. It also develops an adaptable, flexible practice that can last a lifetime. Freeman and Taylor give an in-depth explanation of form, alignment, and anatomy, and how they work together in the practice. They also present a holistic approach to asana practice that includes an awareness of the subtle breath and seamlessly merges yoga philosophy with practical technique. Unlike other books on Ashtanga, The Art of Vinyasa does not follow the linear pattern of the sequences of postures that are the hallmark of Ashtanga yoga. Instead, it interlinks the eight limbs: yama and niyama (ethical practices), asana (postures), pranayama (breathing), pratyahara (nongrasping of the senses), dharana (concentration), dhyana (meditation), samadhi (harmony, insight)—and shows how to establish an internally rooted yoga practice.

Art Yoga

Art   Yoga
Author: Hari Kirin Kaur Khalsa
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 160
Release: 2011
ISBN 10: 9781934532676
ISBN 13: 1934532673
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Art Yoga Book Review:

Learn to express your soul's longing, delve into images that awaken your imagination and speak of a truth yet unexplored. Allow Art & Yoga to take you on a journey to your intuitive, creative and authentic self! Yogis will find creative exercises to deepen their experience of yoga, while artists will discover simple, yet profound yoga and meditation practices that will help their creative flow, focus, and intuition.For anyone interested in yoga and the arts, this book explains how to create a daily Art and Yoga practice, providing step-by-step guidelines for producing art and doing yoga as complementary practices individually, in a group, or in community. Along the way, we draw inspiration from the teachings of Yogi Bhajan, nature, artists of the past, and recent developments in healing and spirituality.There is no need to know how to draw, paint, meditate, or do yoga to use this book. The art exercises are designed to make the experience accessible and fun, while also introducing a variety of inexpensive, safe, and easy-to-obtain art materials. Any experience you bring to the process will be helpful. If you teach yoga or art or if you work as a healer, you'll find inspiration and practical ways to deepen your professional practice.

Twilight the Unicorn s Sleepytime Quest

Twilight the Unicorn s Sleepytime Quest
Author: Jaime Amor
Publsiher: Watkins Media Limited
Total Pages: 24
Release: 2017-01-31
ISBN 10: 1786780658
ISBN 13: 9781786780652
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Twilight the Unicorn s Sleepytime Quest Book Review:

The hugely successful Cosmic Kids YouTube channel helps children discover yoga by joining presenter Jaime on monthly yoga adventures, each one a story featuring a loveable animal character that achieves something amazing. Aimed at 4 to 8-year-olds, the Cosmic Kids yoga books offer children a chance to take the yoga more slowly than is possible in a fast-moving video, to spend more time in their favourite poses, and also to enjoy reading or listening to the story. Each book is themed around a specific area of wellbeing - in the case of Twilight, this is relaxing at bedtime and exploring the world of dreams. In this truly magical adventure we encounter Twilight the Unicorn in an enchanted night-time forest, as well as a host of other characters, incuding an owl, a mouse and the moon and stars themselves. The Cosmic Kids' mission in this adventure is to scatter starshine and bring a peaceful sleep and lovely dreams to all. The story concludes with a relaxation and some affirmations to reinforce the soothing message of the book. With bright illustrations, the books are designed to mirror the Cosmic Kids look, and to allow children to get to know a range of characters from the Cosmic Kids shows. There's also information at the back to help parents and teachers introduce children to yoga, even if they don't practise yoga themselves.