The Wisdom of Yoga - Stephen Cope
For modern spiritual seekers and yoga students alike, here is an irreverent yet profound guide to the most sophisticated teachings of the yoga wisdom tradition now brought to contemporary life by a celebrated author, psychotherapist and leading American yoga instructor.
While many Westerners still think of yoga as an invigorating series of postures and breathing exercises, these physical practices are only part of a vast and ancient spiritual science. For more than three millennia, yoga sages systematically explored the essential questions of our human existence: What are the root causes of suffering, and how can we achieve freedom and happiness? What would it be like to function at the maximum potential of our minds, bodies and spirits? What is an optimal human life?
Nowhere have their discoveries been more brilliantly distilled than in a short—but famously difficult—treatise called the Yogasutra. This revered text lays out the entire path of inner development in remarkable detail—ranging from practices that build character and mental power to the highest reaches of spiritual realization.
Now Stephen Cope unlocks the teachings of the Yogasutra by showing them at work in the lives of a group of friends and fellow yoga students who are confronting the full modern catastrophe of careers, relationships, and dysfunctional family dynamics. Interweaving their daily dilemmas with insights from modern psychology, neuroscience, religion, and philosophy, he shows the astonishing relevance and practicality of this timeless psychology of awakening.
Leavened with wit and passion, The Wisdom of Yoga is a superb companion and guide for anyone seeking enhanced creativity, better relationships, and a more ethical and graceful way of living in the world.
Yoga and the Quest for the True Self - Stephen Cope
Millions of Americans know yoga as a superb form of exercise and as a potent source of calm in our stress-filled lives. Far fewer are aware of the full promise of yoga as a 4,000-year-old practical path of liberation—a path that fits the needs of modern Western seekers with startling precision.
Now Stephen Cope, a Western-trained psychotherapist who has lived and taught for more than ten years at the largest yoga center in America, offers this marvelously lively and irreverent "pilgrim's progress" for today's world.
He demystifies the philosophy, psychology, and practice of yoga, and shows how it applies to our most human dilemmas: from loss, disappointment, and addiction, to the eternal conflicts around sex and relationship. And he shows us that in yoga, "liberation" does not require us to leave our everyday lives for some transcendent spiritual plane—life itself is the path.
Above all, Cope shows how yoga can heal the suffering of self-estrangement that pervades our society, leading us to a new sense of purpose and to a deeper, more satisfying life in the world.
Yoga for Wellness: Healing with the Timeless Teachings of Viniyoga
Mainstream America is finally catching on to what Eastern countries have known for thousands of years -- that yoga is not only a great, low-impact way to increase flexibility and reduce stress, it is also useful in healing any number of afflictions, from common aches and pains to chronic diseases and emotional setbacks.
In this easy to follow guide for practitioners at all levels, America's leading teacher of Viniyoga emphasizes the physical as well as the spiritual components of healing through yoga. Beginning with a general introduction, he then includes case studies and specific yoga sequences designed to address individual ailments.
Best of all, each step of each posture in a sequence is clearly illustrated with its own photograph. The exercises in this book are truly transformative and certain to help those searching for alternatives to mainstream medicine and those looking for a way of becoming more involved in their own physical well-being.
Defy Gravity - Caroline Myss
In Defy Gravity, best-selling author Caroline Myss challenges the conventional approach to healing, which maintains that we can always find reasons for why things happen as they do. We can't. And now it's time to explore a model for healing that leads us into deeper and more effective truths.
Drawing from her years as a medical intuitive and teacher, Myss shares real-life stories of people who were considered "terminal cases" and, through nothing short of a miracle, survived their illnesses.
Inspired by these ordinary people who overcame a wide array of physical and psychological aolments - from cancer to advanced diabetes - Myss utilizes the wisdom of the great mystics, whose writings provide a deeper understanding of the spritual underpinnings of healing.
Based on these studies, Myss introduces a model of healing that draws on an understanding of the relationship between our seven shadow passions and our seven inner graces.