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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Shambhala; 1 edition (September 29, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590307054
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590307052
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #134,591 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Thought-provoking.  Stone is unusually passionate and sophisticated in his approach.  The book needs to be digested slowly, because in it Stone calls on us to change our minds and lives.  Fortunately, he not only provides guidance on this path but also inspires us to follow it.”—Yoga Journal

“An essential read for anyone trying to seriously practice yoga today.”—Yoga Magazine


Yoga for a World Out of Balance provides guiding principles with a holistic vision that sees beyond simple black-and-white into today's more complex issues.”—Elephant Journal


“The world has been calling out for a book like this.  Michael Stone affirms the potential of yoga in our world, and the book is necessary reading for anyone who is looking to do an engaged, authentic practice with integrity, intelligence, and sensitivity.”—It's All Yoga, Baby blog


“The careening horror of our environmental dissent has all of us off balance. Michael Stone provides some excellent advice about how to find a place on which to stand.”—Bill McKibben, author of Deep Economy


“If up until now yoga has been something you do on a mat, this book will lift you off your feet. I know of no book with such an elevated, informed, and inspiring perspective on how yoga belongs in our world and how the world belongs in our yoga.”—Chip Hartranft, author and translator, The Yoga-Sutra of Patanjali

“Spiritual awakening and fruition do not come from fleeing our suffering world but from opening up to it and being transformed by that encounter. Michael Stone’s new book demonstrates clearly and persuasively that social engagement is an essential part of genuine yogic practice. His work continues to be at the cutting edge of Western yoga.”—David Loy, author of Money, Sex, War, Karma

“The nurturing flow of life, extreme intelligence, beauty, and perfect harmony are active in every one of us. Yoga was developed in ancient wisdom culture to gently reveal what we already have. Read this book.”—Mark Whitwell, author of Yoga of the Heart

“Reverence for life up-ends the typical narcissism of spiritual literature; what we are offered here instead is a literate and deeply devotional integration of individual practice and social awareness. Yoga has always meant 'union,' but here in Michael Stone’s world, the profound philosophy of yoga permeates the dying earth and our living hearts with insights that are ancient, scintillating, and incisive. This is not a rehash of prior teachings, but a highly original uncloaking of the deepest meanings that await us in our practice.”—Paul Hawken, author of Blessed Unrest

“An important new work of great clarity that brilliantly explores the core concern of human existence: the coming together of spirit and action.”—Velcrow Ripper, director of the films Scared Sacred and Fierce Light

“Michael Stone provides the clarity and direction that can result in a yoga practice that is not limited to the time on the mat but that moves out into the world and embraces it.”—Spirituality & Health  

About the Author

Michael Stone is a yoga teacher and psychotherapist who leads yoga and meditation workshops and teaches internationally on the effectiveness of yoga and Buddhist meditation in clinical psychotherapy practice. His approach to yoga focuses on the integration of theory and practice in a way that is rooted in tradition yet responsive to contemporary culture. He is the founder of Centre of Gravity Sangha, a community of yoga and Buddhist practitioners based in Toronto, where he lives. For more information, visit www.centreofgravity.org.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amy on January 31, 2013
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Very intelligent & insightful. Brings yoga off the mat & into the everyday for me. Not your average yogic philosophy book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By cbo on August 5, 2012
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There are many prominent Yogi/authors to use as the cornerstone of your yoga foundation studies. I love Michael Stone's voice and the road he paves. Mr. Iyengar writes the forward for Yoga for a World out of Balance. Along with Mr. Iyengar, his books occupy an ever growing place on my book shelf.
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By bigdjazz on December 19, 2014
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As I've been deepening my practice and thinking about the other seven limbs than asana practice, this was a great introduction to the yamas and how my yoga practice can be reflected in my life, and how I can use the teachings to improve my life. I didn't agree wi everything, but it was excellent.
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