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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
Now one of America''s leading scholars of yoga psychology--who is
also a Western-trained psychotherapist--offers this marvelously
lively and personal account of an ancient tradition that promises
"the soul awake in this lifetime." Drawing on the vivid
stories of practitioners at the largest yoga center in America,
where he has lived and taught for more than ten years, Stephen Cope
describes the philosophy, psychology, and practice of yoga--a
practical science of development that urges us not to transcend or
dissolve the self, but rather to encounter it more deeply.
In this irreverent modern-day Pilgrim''s Progress,
Cope introduces us to an unforgettable cast of contemporary
seekers--on the road to enlightenment carrying all the baggage of
the human condition: confusion, loss, disappointment, addiction,
and the eternal conflicts around sex and relationship. As he
describes the subtle shifts of energy and consciousness that happen
at each stage of the path, we discover that in yoga, "liberation"
does not require us to leave life in the world 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