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Despite skeptical jibes from his well-meaning friends, Stephen Cope set off for a four-month yoga retreat in rural Massachusetts. Ten years later, he is still there. A psychotherapist left in the lurch after a long-term relationship, Cope was experiencing the same deep questioning of life that he had witnessed so often in his practice. His self-prescribed antidote was to pursue a life of contemplation and inner discovery that he had felt drawn to for some time. Yoga and the Quest for the True Self is Cope's chronicle of self-discovery. Cope is at turns frank in describing his own obstacles and epiphanies, brotherly in relating anecdotes of friends and patients on similar quests, and clinical in his trenchant psychological summations of why we find ourselves estranged and how yoga and meditation bring us back to clear awareness. Like Mark Epstein's Going to Pieces Without Falling Apart, Yoga and the Quest for the True Self is a milestone in the melding of Eastern and Western methods of personal transformation. --Brian Bruya --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Yoga, according to first-time author and longtime yoga teacher Cope, can cure the sense of separation that dogs many people in our culture: "a separation from the life of the body; a separation from the hidden depths of life, its mystery and interiority." Here, Cope, a psychotherapist who left a practice in Boston to live, study and ultimately teach at the Kripalu Yoga ashram in Lenox, Mass., navigates yoga for Western seekers. Drawing on his own experiences and the stories of many friends and yoga students, Cope holds up ancient yogic concepts of the self against evolving theories of modern psychotherapy. Rather than attempting a reductive comparison, Cope suggests that various ideas experienced during yoga practice can enhance the goals of Western psychotherapy. Readers familiar with Jack Korn- field's A Path with Heart or Mark Epstein's Thoughts Without a Thinker may find Cope's approach noncommittal. He tells stories of liberation and release without ever quite conceding that yoga and psychotherapy are two profoundly different worldviews. Although ineluctably drawn to yoga practice and the ashram, Cope's point of view is resolutely Western and psychotherapeutic. Still, Cope's psychotherapeutic orientation and genial win-win approach lights up a notoriously arcane subject for Western readers. (Oct.)
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
I'm a third of the way through and can't put this book down. It speaks to me at a time when I'm making life decisions, and wondering if these decisions will benefit me or if... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jackie Phinney
Excellent product, exactly as described. Arrived well packaged in short order.Published 9 months ago by Robert Ross
Once again I was not dissapointed with this Stephen Cope book .
I had already read two of his earlier works The Wisdom of Yoga and the Bhagavad Gita like them Yoga The Quest... Read more
This book was so much more than I hoped - and I had very high expectations. Being a yoga therapist, some processes that clients experienced where a mystery to me, this book... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Stephanie McCracken
Stephen Cope has (once again) successfully translated the often-confusing and overwhelming ancient wisdom of Yoga and brought it into applications of the 21st century. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Heather Faulkner
The practice of yoga IS the quest for the true self. It is a way of finding out who we are. It is a profound and private journey away from the distractions of our social,... Read morePublished on Sept. 12 2002 by Jay Alan Akin
Stephen is not only a skilled yogi, teacher and therapist, but a great writer. This book is a must for anyone on a spiritual path or even just as someone who enjoys yoga. Read morePublished on Feb. 26 2002