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In this inspiring book and accompanying CD, renowned musician and teacher Russill Paul explores the four powerful streams of this system: mantras (sound), mudras (sacred gestures), pranayama (breath control), and dhyana (meditation). Like his award-winning music, Paul's presentation of this ancient tradition is accessible for modern Western tastes and lifestyles. In lucid exercises presented both in the book and the CD, Paul shows how everyone can learn the art of mantra simply by training the voice, and how these practices can help reduce stress, enhance emotional well-being, and optimize the flow of energy within the body.
|Part 1||Yoga: A way of harmony, balance, and ecstasy|
|Chapter 1||Balancing Vision and Sound||3|
|Chapter 2||Yoking Ourselves to the Cosmic||15|
|Chapter 3||The Marriage of Body and Soul||23|
|Part 2||Mantra: The soul of yoga|
|Chapter 4||Mantra in an Interspiritual Age||35|
|Chapter 5||The Sanskrit Mantra||45|
|Chapter 6||Building Our Sonic Community||51|
|Part 3||Tradition: The four major streams of sacred sound in Hinduism|
|Chapter 7||Shabda Yoga||63|
|Chapter 8||Shakti Yoga||81|
|Chapter 9||Bhava Yoga||103|
|Chapter 10||Nada Yoga||117|
|Part 4||Practice: The elements of Sound Yoga|
|Chapter 11||Preparation and Mantra Shastra||139|
|Chapter 13||The Breath||163|
|Part 5||Integration: Living the life of a sound yogi|
|Chapter 17||Living the Yoga of Sound||223|
|Appendix 1||Shabda Yoga: Vedic Mantras||239|
|Appendix 2||Shakti Yoga: Tantric Mantras||249|
|Appendix 3||Bhava Yoga: Bhakti Mantras||259|
|Appendix 4||Nada Yoga: Tones, Practices, and Meditations||265|
|Programs and Resources||273|
|Track Information for Yoga of Sound Audio Companion||297|
|About the Author||301|
Posted June 2, 2014
I wish I had been warned about the repeated reference to Jesus and Christianity in this book before I bought it. I adore studies of Mantra and the power of vibrational healing. This book serves up some potent and beautiful metaphors for how sound affects the body and the mind. But every time I'm captivated by a flowery comparison, Russil Paul references a Christian prayer or the words of Jesus and I recoil in disappointment. In my opinion (and it is just that, my opinion) Paul is free to write whatever he wishes and readers may read whatever they wish. However, if I had known that his words were drenched in religion, I wouldn’t have gotten the book. I will continue to read the book through to the end but my high hopes have been dashed.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 20, 2010
this is a must for a serious yoga student and teacher! Yoga is not just about asana, reading this book you will learn so much about "yoga" and use it as a reference forever !! I use it and refer to it all the time!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.