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Millions of Americans know yoga as a superb form of exercise and as a potent source of calm in the midst of our stress-filled lives. Far fewer are aware of the full promise of yoga as "the way of the fully alive human being" - a 4,000-year-old practical path of liberation 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 10 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.

©1999 Stephen Cope (P)2021 Tantor

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thoughtful and enlightening, (no pun intended)

As a new student of yoga, I find Mr Cope's book to be a valuable resource. The Author's candid descriptions of his own experiences, paired with his background as a psychotherapist, bring a unique and refreshing light on the yogic experience.

One of the valuable lessons I pulled from this book is: contentment without complacency is achievable.

At the conclusion of this book, I realized that I felt that the author had invited me to simply embrace my own experiences.

One who teaches others to assimilate wisdom and information from those with more experience, without forsaking their true self, is a great teacher indeed.

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Has helped with my next steps in healing

Regardless of the readers voice (I didn’t find a problem with it) the information is life changing if you allow it. Thank you for this book

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Evangelical Yoga

This is what happens when Western Psychology/Theology appropriates selective elements of ancient yoga to create a competitive form of yoga that requires conversion, submission and many rules of orthodoxy.

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Worst monotone narrator-

The content itself is worth reading, but my God, the narrator destroys the spirit of the book. He is completely monotone and I found myself skipping back and trying not to dose off. I ended up purchasing and reading this book. It’s a shame they didn’t choose a more enthusiastic narrator.

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Thanks

the narration was great. I Definitely learned from this book and will l I step to it again.

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  • 05-05-22

Clear but rushed

While I have greatly enjoyed the reading, there are moments when clarity and engagement would be enhanced with pacing based on the punctuation on the page - especially when quoting characters ina dialogue.

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  • 12-05-21

Fascinating

Loved the mixture of yoga philosophy and psychotherapeutic insights. Enjoyed hearing about different people's journeys.

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  • Cute Bichons
  • 11-24-21

Not his best

I love Stephen Cope work but this is not his best. Only 1 section is interesting and worth a read.

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  • 09-22-21

Loved the content but the voice of the narrator doesn’t work

I really enjoyed the content but the narrator just doesn’t fit and this materially impacted my enjoyment of the book. He’d be better reading a technical manual rather than something warm, human and creative. I’ll order the paperback and read myself.

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  • Ed
  • 03-23-21

Extremely Bad Book

Not only does this book not say very much, Audible will not let you return it unless you send them an email. I would avoid this book at all costs

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  • 05-02-22

Limited Relatability

The author is a man of wealth and privilege. From his up bringing to his education, inheritance and more. The people in his life are high profile accomplished individuals who are privileged have the resources to explore this path. I feel the execution of this book lacked a level of raw authenticity because of this.

Given the subject matter of shedding the material self to discover the true self via yoga and spirituality, I found the people referenced to be lacklustre. Their journeys just another reflection of their privilege and their insight a matter of pretension. No acts of piety or charity were mentioned, nor how they viewed their wealth, waste, consumption.

I am grateful to this book as an introduction to the spiritual aspect and complexity of yoga itself. My prior understanding was restricted to breathing and postures. I have taken away a desire to learn through experience, not to be told.