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"...a Western-trained psychotherapist draws on the experiences of yoga practitioners at America's largest yoga center...through these stories and his own explanations, he offers reasons for Yoga's use in modern life."
"A tour de force...a book grounded in yoga psychology that will be meaningful and useful to spiritual practitioners in many traditions."
—Sylvia Boorstein, author of It's Easier Than You Think and That's Funny, You Don't Look Buddhist
"A down-to-earth, wise, spiritually mature and compassionate teaching that integrates the best of yoga and our own Western humanity. Destined to be a classic."
—Jack Kornfield, author of A Path with Heart
You see, I want a lot. Perhaps I want everything the darkness that comes with every infinite fall and the shivering blaze of every step up.
So many live on and want nothing and are raised to the rank of prince by the slippery ease of their light judgments.
But what you love to see are faces that do work and feel thirst. You love most of all those who need you as they need a crowbar or a hoe. You have not grown old, and it is not too late to dive into your increasing depths where life calmly gives out its own secret.
—Rainer Maria Rilke, Das Stundenbuch
Posted April 11, 2010
This book tells the story of one man's quest for happiness. He uses yoga as his guide to figure out who he is and what is required to fulfill him. He joins this experience with his profession of psychotherapy to write this book and describe his findings. It is a good blend of personal experience, psychology, and the practice of yoga to help the reader find something more than just a workout.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 20, 2006
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 10, 2003
This is an excellent exploration of the spiritual side of yoga. It ties together many ideas I have encountered in other books such as Celestine Prophecy, Four Agreements, The World's Religions. Anyone interested in Eastern philosophy and spiritual growth will find this book intriguing.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 29, 2001
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!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 21, 2000
Posted December 23, 1999
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.