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The Wisdom Of Yoga - Stephen Cope

The Wisdom Of Yoga

Paperback Published: 16th June 2007
ISBN: 9780553380545
Number Of Pages: 316

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For modern spiritual seekers and yoga students alike, here is an irreverent yet profound guide to the most sophisticated teachings of the yoga wisdom tradition-now brought to contemporary life by a celebrated author, psychotherapist, and leading American yoga instructor.
While many Westerners still think of yoga as an invigorating series of postures and breathing exercises, these physical practices are only part of a vast and ancient spiritual science. For more than three millennia, yoga sages systematically explored the essential questions of our human existence: What are the root causes of suffering, and how can we achieve freedom and happiness? What would it be like to function at the maximum potential of our minds, bodies, and spirits? What is an optimal human life?
Nowhere have their discoveries been more brilliantly distilled than in a short-but famously difficult-treatise called the Yogasutra. This revered text lays out the entire path of inner development in remarkable detail-ranging from practices that build character and mental power to the highest reaches of spiritual realization.
Now Stephen Cope unlocks the teachings of the Yogasutra by showing them at work in the lives of a group of friends and fellow yoga students who are confronting the full modern catastrophe of careers, relationships, and dysfunctional family dynamics. Interweaving their daily dilemmas with insights from modern psychology, neuroscience, religion, and philosophy, he shows the astonishing relevance and practicality of this timeless psychology of awakening.
Leavened with wit and passion, The Wisdom of Yoga is a superb companion and guide for anyone seeking enhanced creativity, better relationships, and a more ethical and graceful way of living in the world.

"From the Hardcover edition."

Introductionp. xiii
Prologue: Seekers, Then and Nowp. xxi
The Problem of Ordinary Unhappiness
Jake: The Quest for the Firebirdp. 3
The Secret Strength of Disillusionmentp. 13
Close Encounters with Mindp. 21
Quiet Desperationp. 36
Illumined Mind in Everyday Life
Maggie: The Search for Authentic Self-Expressionp. 55
Tying the Puppy to a Postp. 61
Explorers of Inner Spacep. 76
Karma and Character: The Bondage to Pattern
Susan: Filling the Hungry Heartp. 89
The Roots of Sufferingp. 95
The Laws of Cause and Effectp. 109
The Web of "I"p. 122
The Freedom in Skillful Action
Kate: The Invisible Suffering of Delusionp. 143
The Hidden Power of Restraintp. 148
Practice the Oppositep. 170
At the Still Point of the Turning Worldp. 186
Breath, Trust, and the Transmutation of Hungerp. 206
Meditative Transformations of Self
Rudi: Living at Ease in the Worldp. 227
The Vision of Samenessp. 231
Shiva's Dance: Insight and Dissolutionp. 245
The End of Strivingp. 263
Yoga and Buddhismp. 275
The Yoga-Sutra in Englishp. 283
Glossaryp. 293
Notesp. 296
Acknowledgmentsp. 305
Indexp. 307
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ISBN: 9780553380545
ISBN-10: 0553380540
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 316
Published: 16th June 2007
Publisher: Random House USA Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.9  x 2.1
Weight (kg): 0.38
Edition Number: 1

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