Richard Freeman: The Mirror of Yoga



E you might feel as if the author as gone off on a tangent and you might be scratching your Wylde Bears (Wylde Bears, head wonderingow one paragraph relates to the previous one or the next one I feel that some effort could Cooking Light Lazy Gourmet have been made on laying out the basic structure of the chapters andow one topic leads into the next Instead at times it can almost feel like an endless brain dump from the author This is a minor complaint though considering the vastness and depth of the content However this is the one sticking point that is keeping me from giving the book five stars As it is the book must be read several times in order to finally get what Arise he was talking about I know that I do plan in reading it several times And on that note one way to judge a book is byow eager you are to want to read it again and in this instance I rate the book Archies Americana, Vol. 1 high On page 66e writes Today we are very fortunate to be able to draw on the experience of millions of people who The Book Thief have inuired into theirearts and in so doing Talk to Me have developed yoga as a way of penetrating into theeart of reality I feel that we in the west are truly fortunate to Silver Mortal (The Gracen Chronicles, have someone such as Richard who in our lifetimeas gone east and spent so much of Educating for the New World Order his life immersed in the world of yoga And who is then able to return to the west and largely disseminate that knowledge so that we in the west can digest it Consider yourself lucky if you are fortunate enough toave the time read this book I rarely give a book 5 stars This one deserved every one of them It was accurate and interesting It s so difficult to comments on this book as it s so complex and I Living in Little Rock with Miss Little Rock have a mixed feeling about it On the oneand it s obvious that s it s a lot of valuable information and experience put together to outline various aspects of yoga practice The Character Of An Upright Man however I got lost in the way the info was structured Somehow could not find a flow of info given most of the time and can not say that I learned much from it in spite of me reading and re reading some chapters few times Well my take away from it practice and all is coming One of the best most comprehensive texts Iave read on yoga The author does not espouse any particular agenda but goes deeply into the nuances of the practice beyond the physical asanas and offers a wealth of information on the various types of yoga practice as well Very much worth a read A stunning output which seem to properly introduce the complexety of the whole field of yoga not just asanas A fascinating and deep read albeit sometimes uite verbos. Yoga and much He also explores the role of the guru chanting meditation and the yogic imperative of offering service to others All of this is applied to the actual practice giving the reader the tools to digest and apply the wealth of information to daily life The Mirror of Yoga will be a welcome resource to all yogis who wish to better practice the profound philosophy underlying their practice To learn visit MirrorofYogac.

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I really enjoyed this book Richard Freeman was my yoga teacher for 7 years and I am filled with respect and admiration for Mr. Malcolms List him He is the real thing His dedication to yoga andis deep of understanding of the what it is is unparalleled in my experience And I ave practiced yoga for 25 years Anyway this tome is a true treat for yoga aficionados who need to dive deep in yoga philosophy I look forward to re reading this book in the years to come I didn t know what to expect when I picked this book up from the library although the cover does get some stares and glances in publicMany of my teachers adore Richard Freeman I can see whyI would primarily recommend this to someone who as studied yoga significantly read Pradipika Yoga Sutras the Gita etc or who just loves philosophy It could be interesting to also read this as you prepare to read some of the primary texts I just shared Freeman s work is a lovely compliment to the texts many yogis study and presents a contemporary American take on it Chock full of information about yoga philosophy and understanding the Upanisads and yoga sutra But very Just One Golden Kiss heady and philosophical Perhaps one to come back to and reread at another point along my yoga journey again This book is written forighly evolved and intelligent people If you don t understand it yet practise yoga D Today in a fake world full of celebrity and fake yogis only few people understand certain books and those who don t they give a low rating This book The Tyranny of Guilt helped me to understand the true depth of yoga How it consumes your inner soul How it guides you How it talks to you How it fluid it is How easy it is to incorporate into one s life Iad a tough time trying to write a proper review of this book On the one Phantom Encounters hand this is one of the best books on yoga that Iave ever read At a slim 233 pages the depth of it s content can not be found anywhere else in so small a space On the other Eat Your Way Through the USA hand attempting to distill over forty years of practice and knowledge of yoga into such a small space seems a daunting task So while the content of the book is excellent the delivery of that content was not always optimal and couldave used some refinementThe general theme of the book is to try to find the root similarity or underlying pattern between all the different types and styles of yoga On page 9 e writes The purpose of this book is not to make you a premature eclectic It is not to confuse you with the great variety of yoga philosophies traditions and practices you may encounter The world of yoga is astonishingly rich in its array of schools and practices Yet as diverse as they seem they share a common aim the discovery of the essence of existence that can be found at the core of our being and the liberation that comes from that discovery With this worthy goal in mind Richard Freeman presents an enlightening overview of the many teachings practices and scriptures that serve as the basis for all th.

Or is it to make you into an armchair enlightened being Instead it is to allow all of us to slow down a bit so that we can delve deeply into the subject rather than skidding along the surface side to side from one school back to another The book then goes into a brief overview of the different methodologies and practices of atha tantra bhakti jnana and astanga yoga By the books concluding chapter Stories from Spain / Historias de España he largely succeeds in the stated purpose yet the path taken to get there is not laid out well for the reader The choice of topic and ordering of each succeeding chapter can seem almost random at timesThe content of first four chapters is excellent It is in these beginning chapters that we are treated to a synthesis of the multiple meanings and viewpoints of what yoga is as taken from many angles The concluding chapter of the book is also excellent The other middle chapters in the book go on to summarize and cover topics such as The Bhagavad Gita The Yoga Sutra of Patanjali Samkhya philosophy and the fundamentals of tantra While Sanskrit is used throughout the book it doesn t feel overwhelming as each Sanskrit word is given several possible English meanings A glossary is also provided at the back of the book Perhaps the most difficult chapter to digest is chapter five the chapter on buddhi which attempts to summarize samkhya philosophy This is a very difficult topic to cover and it isere where the book starts to grind to a alt Many sections must be read over and over again as the number of foreign terms start to overwhelm the readerOne reoccurring theme from the book that stood out to me and that I thought was covered well was the topic of impermanence Over and over again we are reminded of the constant of change and the mind s attempt to grasp at impermanent objects as if those objects were permanent They are not and this is one of the root causes of our suffering It is thought that one of the many things that an asana practice is meant to teach the practitioner is a visceral feeling of this impermanence By noticing the constant change of feelings and sensations that occur in the body while in the postures we learn over time and by repetition the very nature of impermanence Even the flow of moving the body from one posture to the next can be taken as a lesson for the body and mind of constant change This topic is brought up throughout the book and was covered wellOverall the book is deep and it might take several readings in order to digest it all There are times wher. E schools of yoga atha bhakti jnana karma tantra and others He shows Broken Bear how the myriad forms are ultimately related and can even be perceived to make up a vast interpenetrating matrix symbolizing the unity profundity and beauty of the ancient tradition Richard's wide ranging discussion includes the Upanisads and Samkhya philosophies the Yoga Sutra of Patanjali the eight limbs of astanga yoga the process and purpose ofatha.

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