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Despite skeptical jibes from his well-meaning friends, Stephen Cope set off for a four-month yoga retreat in rural Massachusetts. Ten years later, he is still there. A psychotherapist left in the lurch after a long-term relationship, Cope was experiencing the same deep questioning of life that he had witnessed so often in his practice. His self-prescribed antidote was to pursue a life of contemplation and inner discovery that he had felt drawn to for some time. Yoga and the Quest for the True Self is Cope's chronicle of self-discovery. Cope is at turns frank in describing his own obstacles and epiphanies, brotherly in relating anecdotes of friends and patients on similar quests, and clinical in his trenchant psychological summations of why we find ourselves estranged and how yoga and meditation bring us back to clear awareness. Like Mark Epstein's Going to Pieces Without Falling Apart, Yoga and the Quest for the True Self is a milestone in the melding of Eastern and Western methods of personal transformation. --Brian Bruya --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Yoga, according to first-time author and longtime yoga teacher Cope, can cure the sense of separation that dogs many people in our culture: "a separation from the life of the body; a separation from the hidden depths of life, its mystery and interiority." Here, Cope, a psychotherapist who left a practice in Boston to live, study and ultimately teach at the Kripalu Yoga ashram in Lenox, Mass., navigates yoga for Western seekers. Drawing on his own experiences and the stories of many friends and yoga students, Cope holds up ancient yogic concepts of the self against evolving theories of modern psychotherapy. Rather than attempting a reductive comparison, Cope suggests that various ideas experienced during yoga practice can enhance the goals of Western psychotherapy. Readers familiar with Jack Korn- field's A Path with Heart or Mark Epstein's Thoughts Without a Thinker may find Cope's approach noncommittal. He tells stories of liberation and release without ever quite conceding that yoga and psychotherapy are two profoundly different worldviews. Although ineluctably drawn to yoga practice and the ashram, Cope's point of view is resolutely Western and psychotherapeutic. Still, Cope's psychotherapeutic orientation and genial win-win approach lights up a notoriously arcane subject for Western readers. (Oct.)
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I bought this book hoping to see some of my own story reflected - he markets it as filling that void. However, he is not your ordinary Westerner at all. Read morePublished 1 month ago by CambMom
Interesting perspective on yoga and the background effort.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book is easy to read, and I have gotten a lot out of it. I need to read it again.Published 2 months ago by Casandra A. Riedell
Great book about growth and creating a pathway - not just yoga. His other book "Great Work of your life" was a life-changer too!Published 2 months ago by R. Weinberg
Take your time reading it. Lots of very interesting material. Have a rested and clear mind before reading. I thought it was very good!Published 4 months ago by Kathy D.
I started doing yoga in 1999 just for a "work out" and " because I liked stretching." So I went to Bikram yoga in San Francisco at Funky Door on Polk St. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Kristin Leigh
I read this book awhile back and decided to purchase it for my own reference text. Stephen Cope is an amazing author, I love his style. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Angela
Great book I've read it twice so far many have to buy a new copy I loaned it to a friend and now they are claiming it as their.Published 9 months ago by Bekki