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Yoga and the Quest for the True Self

by Stephen Cope

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Published in the mid 1990s after spending over a decade as a yogi at the Kripalu Center in Massachusettes, Cope sets out to write an ambitious text about his journey. I found his own story the most interesting, but unfortunately, there's too much other stuff going on to call this a true memoir. There' a lot here for serious students of yoga, of the Kripalu Center, of yoga's history both in the East and in the West, of it's relationship with Jung, let's say. But, ultimately, left this yogi waiting to exhale.
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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

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The author discusses the ancient tradition of yoga, drawing on stories from practitioners at the largest yoga center in America, he describes how yoga heals, brings a new sense of purpose, and provides a deeper meaning of life.

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