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Yoga and the Quest for the True Self Paperback – September 5, 2000
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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.
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— Lilias Folan, host of the PBS series Lilias!
"A tour de force...a book grounded in yoga psychology that will be meaningful and useful to spiritual practitioners in many traditions."
—Sylvia Boorstein, author of It's Easier Than You Think and That's Funny, You Don't Look Buddhist
"A down-to-earth, wise, spiritually mature and compassionate teaching that integrates the best of yoga and our own Western humanity. Destined to be a classic."
—Jack Kornfield, author of A Path with Heart
From the Back Cover
- Publisher : Bantam; 1st edition (September 5, 2000)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 384 pages
- ISBN-10 : 055337835X
- ISBN-13 : 978-0553378351
- Item Weight : 14.8 ounces
- Dimensions : 6.09 x 0.97 x 9.18 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #48,885 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- #74 in Consciousness & Thought Philosophy
- #87 in Yoga (Books)
- #331 in Meditation (Books)
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Cope gets criticized because many of the people in his books seem to have the luxury of time and money to pursue yoga/spiritual growth in a focused way. He works at a yoga retreat center after all. You don't have to take months off from life and live at a yoga center to pursue personal growth. The examples and principles are still helpful and still apply.
Yoga can potentially help those with substantial depersonalization and derealization (DP/DR) issues. Giving up 90% of processed foods can help, too.
I also know Stephen personally and he is one of the kindest, most generous, humble and down to earth human beings that I've ever had the pleasure of encountering on this planet. His work comes from a higher place and he is doing it beautifully. Please read this book and all of his others!