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Summary

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 the schools of yoga - hatha, bhakti, jnana, karma, tantra, and others. He shows 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 of hatha yoga, and much more. 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.

©2010 Richard Freeman (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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Must read for Yogic philosophy

Richard freeman is very knowledgeable in eastern philosophy. This book is the essence of his understanding in Yogic practices. It's beautiful to listen. I'm listening it again.

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Inspiring

This book is an eye opener. It describes yoga with a fresh point of view in a very simplistic way so that everyone can understand what yoga actually is. I recommend this book to everyone.

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  • tubafizz
  • 29-04-15

Recommended

The narration is a bit dry, but Freeman's text is informative and interesting. He illuminates many obscured subjects in the study of yoga. Recommended reading for serious practitioners of yoga.

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  • Patricia
  • 02-05-15

A "must read" for any Yoga teacher

Where does The Mirror of Yoga rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is the best audio book that I have listened to so far..

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Erin's voice was peaceful and easy to follow. She seemed to have a good grasp of the ideas presented and the sanskrit pronunciation of certain words and phrases. I have listened to this book three times now without being bored or lost.

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I get new information each time that I listen to it. It is simply the best overall book on yoga and yoga philosophy that I have studied and enjoyed.

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  • Amie
  • 08-09-15

Impressive introduction to yoga

This book covers a wide range of yoga topics in an approachable way. Well written and well read.

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  • Nanurala
  • 04-04-16

Jaw dropped and humbled!

So many questions brought to light, new insights. Making so much more sense now. Humbled that my approach to all this is normal and excited to proceed. Will re-listen to this book again and again, I believe it will continue to be a rich resource that I will recommend to students and fellow yogis. Wow thank you for walking me through your knowledge in the subject!

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  • Sara G Newhall
  • 09-10-18

The robotic narrator ruins it

The robotic narrator ruins an otherwise excellent text. Too bad Richard didn't read his own book. :(

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  • T. Penning
  • 24-08-17

excellent guide to yoga philosophy

loved it! learned allot from clear and consice teachings. the narrator was pretty good too!

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  • RICARDO OLIVEIRA
  • 17-09-21

encyclopedic knowledge of yoga

huge work covering yoga. complex but insightful text. this book is a great first step

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  • Jimmy Kyriacou
  • 10-09-21

Simply amazing!

In a previous age, this book would have had to be committed to memory.

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  • 11-03-21

Dry but that’s ok - content, message, vibe, beautiful.

Dry but that’s ok - content, message, vibe, beautiful. Just finished my first listen on this one, mostly while riding my bike, I think I’ll listen a second time, and take notes, because it’s full of notable knowledge and beautiful perspectives.

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  • Cuz
  • 29-10-20

Really fantastic

I hope that I can encourage everyone that I know to listen to this audiobook. I love the insights that the book reveals about the nature of the mind and the ego and how yoga helps to cultivate this awareness. I've been practicing yoga daily for the past two years, but this book has given me the path for my practice that I didn't know that I wanted! Just outstanding.