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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2006

    Making spirituality personal and accessible

    I have been practicing and teaching yoga for six years. I found this book to be very compelling and enlightening. Because it is written in an autobiographical style, it is easy to read. There is a sense of suspense throughout the book, leading to the climactic moment at Kripalu (if you don't know the history already, I won't spoil the surprise). I am also a psychotherapist, so I found Cope's ability to integrate modern psychology with ancient philosophy fascinating. A great read for anyone who wants to practice yoga in every aspect of life.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2002


    This is by far the best yoga book I have read. There is a dearth of autobiographical yoga books out there and I wished this book was twice as long as it is. A few years ago, I was visiting Kripalu, and found myself in an advanced class that Stephen was teaching. As a newcomer to yoga, I was clearly over my head, but he did not make me feel out of place and helped me to keep up in an unobtrusive way. I found the same kind spirit in his book. He is quite knowledgeble, and at times the book tackles complex themes, but it can be read by anyone interested in a personal yoga story or exploring the the spiritual aspects of yoga in the West.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2001

    Cope Deals

    Most people survive; few are alive. Most people cope; few people deal. In my own life, yoga and therapy represent my salvation. They keep me rooted and connected to the universe. They enable me to recognize my ego. With this recognition, I am able to quiet it and not act it out. This book speaks so many truths with so much clarity. It resonates profoundly with the Self, the truth. The book discusses the full realm of yoga. Indeed, it is a lifestyle...not just an hour and a half of sun salutations and asanas once a day. Cope offers accessible and valuable information in a funny, frighteningly truthful format. I highly recommend this book to anyone!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 1999

    A Fascinating Modern Day Autobiography of a Yogi

    Stephen Cope has managed to write a book that is both fascinating to read as well as highly informative regarding yoga and spirituality in the nineties. His narrative story line, which follows his own life, is highly personal, and this reader found it hard to put the book down. The book is open and accessible to everyone, and it offered me numerous insights into my own life and spiritual journey. Highly Recommended.

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