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The Inner Tradition of Yoga: A Guide to Yoga Philosophy for the Contemporary Practitioner

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There is more to the tradition of yoga than toning and strengthening. At the root, there is a vast and intriguing philosophy that teaches the ethics of nonviolence, patience, honesty, and respect. Michael Stone provides an in-depth explanation of ancient Indian yogic philosophy along with teachings on how to bring our understanding of yoga theory to deeper levels through our practice on the mat—and through our relationships with others.

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Overview

There is more to the tradition of yoga than toning and strengthening. At the root, there is a vast and intriguing philosophy that teaches the ethics of nonviolence, patience, honesty, and respect. Michael Stone provides an in-depth explanation of ancient Indian yogic philosophy along with teachings on how to bring our understanding of yoga theory to deeper levels through our practice on the mat—and through our relationships with others.

To learn more about the author, Michael Stone, visit his website:  www.centreofgravity.org

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"Intense, poetic, wise, practical, intimate, and visionary—the mind-body connection has never been better explored or explained."—Sharon Gannon, cofounder of Jivamukti Yoga

"Michael Stone manages to seamlessly integrate traditional teachings with contemporary advances in the field—and so adds new dimensions of meaning to both."—Richard Rosen, author of  The Yoga of Breath

"Michael Stone brilliantly reveals the profound underpinnings of yoga that are rarely taught or understood."—Richard Freeman

" The Inner Tradition of Yoga  has much to guide and inspire anyone on the road to insight."—Chip Hartranft, author of  The Yoga-Sūtra of Patañjali

"Michael Stone details a practical and pragmatic psychology of yoga that can provide all practitioners a way to engage with the deepest transformative possibilities that yoga can offer. It is certainly what we need  now."—Frank Jude Boccio, author of Mindfulness Yoga

"Few people on the planet have Michael's gift to explore and explain in contemporary language the profound wisdom of yoga. Highly recommended for teachers and students."—Larry Payne, PhD, coauthor,  Yoga for Dummies and Yoga Rx

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590305690
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/12/2008
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 218,906
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Stone is a teacher of yoga and Buddhist meditation (in the vipassana tradition) and a psychotherapist in private practice. He is the founder and director of the Centre of Gravity Sangha, a community of yoga and Buddhist practitioners based in Toronto, where he lives. He is also the author of The Inner Tradition of Yoga and Yoga for a World Out of Balance. For more information visit www.centreofgravity.org.
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Table of Contents


Foreword   Richard Freeman     ix
A Note on Pronunciation of Sanskrit Terms     xiii
Introduction     1
Vidya: Seeing Things As They Are     7
Embracing Suffering     17
Marga: Establishing the Path     25
Embodying the Path     31
The Eight Limbs     43
Practicing the Yamas     51
The Yamas Beyond Dualism     59
The Five Klesas     65
Freedom through the Klesas     83
Stillness and Movement     91
The Five Kosas: Sheaths of the Mind and Body     95
Working with the Kosas     109
Samskaras: Webs of Mind and Body     115
Prana: Energetic Flow     123
Body in Mind     131
Letting Go: Asana and Meditation Intertwined     137
Prana and Citta     147
The Empty Vessel     161
Sunyata: Boundless and Empty     175
Yoga, Death, and Dying: What Is Most Astounding?     189
Acknowledgments     209
Notes     211
Glossary of Sanskrit Terms     217
Permissions     225
Index     227
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