The Inner Tradition of Yoga: A Guide to Yoga Philosophy for the Contemporary Practitioner

The Inner Tradition of Yoga: A Guide to Yoga Philosophy for the Contemporary Practitioner

by Michael Stone

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Overview

A wise, accesible guide that makes the spiritual and ethical teachings of the yogic tradition immediately relatable to our practice on the mat—and in our everyday relationships and activities. Now revised and updated.

“There is no daily practice without some formal training; and there is no deep spiritual training without the mess of relational life. The two are one,” says Michael Stone. This wise, accessible guide—now revised and updated—makes the spiritual and ethical teachings of the yogic tradition immediately relatable to our practice on the mat and in our everyday relationships and activities. Stone draws from numerous disciplines—including Buddhism and psychotherapy—to provide an in-depth, completely clear explanation of yogic philosophy, along with teachings on how to work with the conditions of our life and fully appreciate yoga as a practice of being intimate with moment-to-moment reality.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781611805918
Publisher: Shambhala
Publication date: 07/17/2018
Pages: 264
Sales rank: 34,392
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Michael Stone (1974 - 2017) was a prominent and innovative Buddhist teacher, yogi, psychotherapist, and author. He was the founder and director of the Centre of Gravity Sangha, a community of yoga and Buddhist practitioners based in Toronto, and he taught widely and had a large international  following. He was the author of The Inner Tradition of Yoga, Yoga for a World Out of Balance, Freeing the Body Freeing the Mind, and Awake in the World. For more information visit michaelstoneteaching.com.

Table of Contents

Foreword Richard Freeman ix

Preface to the Revised Edition xiii

A Note on Pronunciation of Sanskrit Terms xv

Introduction 1

1 Vidya: Seeing Things as They Are 7

2 Embracing Suffering 19

3 Marga: Establishing the Path 27

4 Embodying the Path 33

5 The Eight Limbs 45

6 Practicing the Yamas 53

7 The Yamas beyond Dualism 63

8 The Five Klesas 69

9 Freedom through the Klesas 87

10 Stillness and Movement 95

11 The Five Kosas: Sheaths of the Mind and Body 99

12 Working with the Kosas 113

13 Samskaras: Webs of Mind and Body 119

14 Prana: Energetic Flow 127

15 Body in Mind 135

16 Letting Go: Asana and Meditation Intertwined 141

17 Prana and Citta 151

18 The Empty Vessel 165

19 Sunyata: Boundless and Empty 179

20 Yoga, Death, and Dying: What Is Most Astounding? 193

Michael Sho Ken Stone: An Appreciation by Roshi Pat Enkyo G'Hara 213

Acknowledgments 215

Notes 217

Glossary of Sanskrit Terms 223

Credits 231

Index 233

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