The Mirror of Yoga: Awakening the Intelligence of Body and Mind

The Mirror of Yoga: Awakening the Intelligence of Body and Mind

by Richard Freeman
     
 

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The Mirror of Yoga is a detailed overview of the rich teachings and sutras that inform the many schools of yoga. With great depth and clarity, Richard Freeman describes the various styles and schools of yoga; explains the Upanishads and Sankhya philosophy; and discusses the role of the guru, the practices of chanting and meditation, and the imperative to

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The Mirror of Yoga is a detailed overview of the rich teachings and sutras that inform the many schools of yoga. With great depth and clarity, Richard Freeman describes the various styles and schools of yoga; explains the Upanishads and Sankhya philosophy; and discusses the role of the guru, the practices of chanting and meditation, and the imperative to serve others. He gives clear explanations of the Yoga Sutra of Pantanjali, of the eight limbs of ashtanga yoga, and of the process and purpose of hatha yoga. All of this is applied to the actual practice, giving the reader the tools to digest and apply this wealth of information.


Looking back five thousand years to early texts, Freeman observes how the living roots of yoga philosophy have grown into many schools, techniques, and philosophies that are united by a vast, interpenetrating “matrix.” This matrix holds the key to understanding yoga’s full depth and greater purpose. He shows that all the styles, traditions, and practices are interconnected and contain each other. Ultimately all forms of yoga are concerned with freeing us from the never-ending quest of the ego-mind to reduce everything to theories. The various yoga disciplines are designed to help us see things as they really are in the present moment and thereby to give us a direct experience of the deepest truth about ourselves and the whole of being.

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“[This book contains] everything that I have wanted to say and everything that I wish I knew that I had wanted to say. Richard Freeman once again proves that he is superhuman and yet knows everything about being human and knows how to teach us to draw out the nectar of life with this evolving art of yoga.”—Rodney Yee

“At last, here is an exposé on the most vital and dynamic themes relevant to the yoga practice. Richard has the unique and entirely delightful ability to speak to the intricacies, the paradoxes, the depths and surfaces that belong to the yoga experience. What a great boon that Richard should hold up such a clear mirror for all of us on the yoga path today.”—Tias Little

“Collectively, these essays form an insightful and oftentimes humorous introduction to the deeper aspects of yoga philosophy, suitable for both the neophyte and the seasoned practitioner. In addition to being quite original, imaginative, and at times almost whimsical, The Mirror of Yoga is also firmly grounded in references to, and excerpts from, those yogic texts most respected by all schools of practice.”—Namarupa Magazine Online

“This thoughtful and beautifully written book . . . will take the average yogi to the next level.”—New Age Retailer

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781590307953
Publisher:
Shambhala Publications, Inc.
Publication date:
09/14/2010
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

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From the Publisher
“[This book contains] everything that I have wanted to say and everything that I wish I knew that I had wanted to say. Richard Freeman once again proves that he is superhuman and yet knows everything about being human and knows how to teach us to draw out the nectar of life with this evolving art of yoga.”—Rodney Yee

“At last, here is an exposé on the most vital and dynamic themes relevant to the yoga practice. Richard has the unique and entirely delightful ability to speak to the intricacies, the paradoxes, the depths and surfaces that belong to the yoga experience. What a great boon that Richard should hold up such a clear mirror for all of us on the yoga path today.”—Tias Little

“Collectively, these essays form an insightful and oftentimes humorous introduction to the deeper aspects of yoga philosophy, suitable for both the neophyte and the seasoned practitioner. In addition to being quite original, imaginative, and at times almost whimsical, The Mirror of Yoga is also firmly grounded in references to, and excerpts from, those yogic texts most respected by all schools of practice.”—Namarupa Magazine Online

“This thoughtful and beautifully written book . . . will take the average yogi to the next level.”—New Age Retailer

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