Yoga and the Path of the Urban Mystic

Yoga and the Path of the Urban Mystic

by Darren Main

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BN ID: 2940155373421
Publisher: Darren Main
Publication date: 02/12/2001
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 947,288
File size: 378 KB

About the Author

Darren Main is a yoga and meditation instructor and author. His books include Yoga and the Path of the Urban Mystic, Spiritual Journeys along the Yellow Brick Road, The Findhorn Book of Meditation and Hearts and Minds: Talking to Christians about Homosexuality.

He facilitates workshops and gives talks on yoga and modern spirituality throughout the United States and abroad and is the director of the Yoga Tree Teacher Training Program. He currently lives in San Francisco.

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Yogi Amrit Desai

Darren John Main takes yoga off the yoga mat - adroitly applying the ancient system of yoga to the daily challenges of the modern mystic. Combining personal insight and anecdotes with practical, down-to-earth teachings, he brings you into a world in which every part of your life has sacred and transformative potential.
—(Yogi Amrit Desai, Founder of Kripalu Yoga and author of Amrit Yoga)

Sharon Gannon

Sharon Gannon, co-creator of Jivamukti Yoga
Our urban lifestyles could greatly benefit from a bit of mysticism. To live in a magical mystical world one only has to uncover the potencial in their own daily lives. Darren John Main gives us a how to book book on yoga which offers us ways to transform the mundane into the mystical.

Judith Hanson Lasater Ph.D

With gentle humor and obvious knowledge, Darren Main shares with us his practice and understanding of yoga. He does a beautiful job of interspersing his life experiences with the classical teachings in a way that makes them clear and alive. You will enjoy this book.
—(Judith Hanson Lasater, Ph.D., physical therapist, international yoga teacher and author of Relax and Renew and Living Your Yoga.)

John Friend

John Friend, founder of Anusara Yoga
Darren Main's Yoga and the Path of the Urban Mystic is a completely delightful and insightful introduction to the philosophy of yoga for the modern practitioner. Darren's personable and compassionate style makes the philosophical visions of Classical Yoga and Vedanta easily accessible and applicable for the quickly growing yoga community in the West.

Beryl Bender Birch

As yogis we pursue transformation, but mostly get change. Darren Main and his book, Yoga and the Path of the Urban Mystic motivates us with simple humor, honesty and personal experience to stay the course, keep the faith and turn change into transformation.
—(Beryl Bender Birch, author of Power Yoga and Beyond Power Yoga)

Stephen Cope

In Yoga and the Path of the Urban Mystic Darren John Main has given us a wonderful doorway into the potentially complex world of raja yoga. His work provides us with a compelling but accessible Baedeker to the sometimes dense world of Indian metaphysics. It is a yoga commentary with a uniquely American voice. It is piquant, experience-near, real, contemporary, and very sensitive to the reader for whom the world of Sanskrit terms and Indian ideas is completely new and foreign. Darren's work, like raja yoga itself, is precise and methodical in its approach to spiritual practice.
—(Stephen Cope, author of Yoga and the Quest for the True Self)

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Danishgirl More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book and am in the process of reading it again. I've read similar books that take similar paths just with different words. I enjoyed Darren's honesty and his message and the manner in which he delivers it. He tells the truth about himself and his path and that really comes across in the book. We can only tell the truth about ourselves to the level that we feel loved and we will only feel loved to the level we are willing to tell the truth about ourselves. Therefore, he must feel loved. The path to peace is not easy, but to not get on it at all is certainly NOT peaceful. We are responsible for ourselves and our choices and his delivery regarding that is clear and honest, and should you choose it, you will find peace. Thanks Darren for keeping it simple and for reminding me, "only love is real" and it all begins and ends with me.
Alex_C More than 1 year ago
This book will change the way you see yourself and you see the practice of Yoga. Darren Main in a simple language and real examples explains how to incorporate Yoga and meditation to your everyday life. It is a book to read and re read!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am halfway through this book and cannot put it down! Darren Main puts a modern spin on ancient tradition, making yogic philosophy accessible to everyone. Written with grace and humor, this is the ultimate guide for the 'urban mystic.'
Guest More than 1 year ago
I found this book to be a well written, detailed text of yoga, especially written for the modern city dweller. The book is written in a contemporary style. It also uses the Sanskrit referentces, but in a way that is illuminating, rather than in a way that makes it difficult for the reader without an Eastern background. The author makes references to classic texts, but always presents the material using modern examples, frequently from his own life, or the lives of his friends. There are a lot of good books on yoga available to the reader. What makes this book special is that it authoritatively presents the material in a way that is concise, clearly understandable, and also makes the reader want to find out more. In discussing the material with references to his own life, the author is also not afraid to present himself in a less than perfect light, which makes the material all the more interesting and authentic.