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Self-Awakening Yoga : The Expansion of Consciousness Through the Bodys Own Wisdom - Don Stapleton

Self-Awakening Yoga

The Expansion of Consciousness Through the Bodys Own Wisdom

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Takes yoga back to its roots as a creative learning process and an expansion of consciousness, not just a technique for health and fitness- Provides simple techniques that enhance the free flow of prana to promote physical and emotional healing, self-discovery, and spiritual evolution- Includes over 100 exercises and meditations for a self-structured practice- Teaches how to release the body's inefficient, painful patterns and to access unknown potentials through kinesthetic inquiries- Includes 60-minute audio CD-V of four guided meditation exercisesWhen artist and professor Don Stapleton discovered yoga, it marked the beginning of a journey into the awakening powers of "prana--"the energy of yogic purification--and the natural spiritual and healing properties of his own body. After 30 years of extensive yoga training, an accident left him with a severe injury to the spine. Faced with the challenge of physical recovery, Stapleton drew upon his knowledge of yoga to create a series of exercises that allowed him to recover freedom of movement, release emotional blockages, and unleash his spiritual and physical potential."Self-Awakening Yoga" is the synthesis of Stapleton's practice. More than 100 exercises--from focusing on the breath to accessing primal sound--show how to unlock the wisdom and power of prana to engage the body's healing powers. His simple exercises and meditations focus on natural movements that encourage body awareness. Readers learn how to listen to what the body is saying before engaging in any specific yoga postures. "Self-Awakening Yoga" takes yoga back to its roots as a creative learning process and an expansion of consciousness, not just a technique for health and fitness.

& quot; Readers learn how to listen for messages from the body before entering into traditional yoga postures, providing the opportunity for deep engagement with the postures and for recognizing the self as the highest yoga-teaching authority.& quot;


"Readers learn how to listen for messages from the body before entering into traditional yoga postures, providing the opportunity for deep engagement with the postures and for recognizing the self as the highest yoga-teaching authority."

Acknowledgmentsp. v
Prologue: Your Body as Earthen Vesselp. ix
The Origins of Self-Awakening Yoga
The Path to the Teacher Withinp. 2
"Who Am I?": Self-Awakening Yoga Methodologyp. 38
Initiating Your Self-Awakening Journey: Using the Inquiriesp. 54
The Inquiry Exercises of Self-Awakening Yoga
Releasing into the Embrace of Gravity, Growing into the Lightp. 58
Heavy Body, Effortless Awareness
Traveling to the Origin of the Breath
Attuning to the Pulse of Being
Rooted in the Earth, Open to the Heavensp. 75
Using Gravity to Realign Your Body
The "Yes" Movement
Restoring Natural Alignment by Balancing the Cervical and Lumbar Curvesp. 91
Opening the Middle and Upper Back: Folded Empty Coat Sleeves
Mobilizing and Synchronizing Movement in the Neck and Pelvis
Recharging the Body's "Energy Battery" in the Bellyp. 110
Locating and Energizing the Belly Center
Releasing into Movement from the Center of Beingp. 123
Moving from the Center
Opening the Hip Joints for Seated Postures and Simple Spinal Twistsp. 133
Locating and Anchoring the Sitz Bones for Grounded Seated Postures
Differentiating Spinal Movements by Opening the Hips
Hugging the Planet Earth: Opening from the Belly into Front-Extension Posturesp. 155
Lengthening the Front Side to Hug the Planet
Opening to Life by Engaging the Belly Core
Lifting onto All Fours: Balancing Stability with Mobility in Cross-Lateral Movementp. 184
Stabilizing the Upper Body
Balancing Upper Body Strength with Flexibility
Containing the Paradox of Polar Opposites: Individuation through Bilateral Movementp. 210
Harmonizing Opposite Sides through Perpetual-Motion Rocking
Balancing Strength with Flexibility in Side-Stretching Postures
Making the Hero's Journey: Traveling the Time Spiral of the Spinal Twist to Arrive Now in Seated Forward Bendp. 235
The Paradox of Courage and Surrender in Hero Pose
Spinal Twists
Balancing the Upper and Lower Body in Seated Forward Bend
The Miraculous Journey to Standing in Now, the Open Momentp. 259
Finding a Leg to Stand On
Balancing Resolute Determination with Lightheartedness
Walking through Life with the Strength of a Lion and Heart of a Lamb
The Practice of Flowing with Life's Unfolding Mysteryp. 279
Angel Wings Breath
Salutation to the Child
Salutation to the Sun
Prana Posture Flow
Epilogue: As You Prepare to Journey On...p. 302
Resourcesp. 304
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ISBN: 9780892811830
ISBN-10: 0892811838
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 22nd July 2004
Publisher: Inner Traditions Bear and Company
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 25.4 x 20.3  x 1.9