Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Everyday, millions of people roll out their yoga mats or sit on their meditation cushions in an effort to quiet the mind and heal the body. Some practice Iyengar yoga, while others practice vinyasa or restorative yoga—almost all who practice yoga have touched something deep within themselves and had their lives transformed by this ancient practice.
In Yoga and the Path of Everyday, millions of people roll out their yoga mats or sit on their meditation cushions in an effort to quiet the mind and heal the body. In Yoga and the Path of the Urban Mystic, Darren Main offers a fresh, down-to-earth approach to the time-tested practice and philosophy of yoga.
He shows us the way to apply the ancient wisdom of India to every aspect of life. From work and relationships, to death and dying—allowing even our busiest days to become powerful and mystical adventures, filled with all the wonder and magic that was once reserved for those living as monks and nuns.
This is not a book about perfecting yoga asanas or pranayama breathing techniques. It is a book about changing the way we see the world—transforming every experience and relationship into a yoga practice unto itself. Since teachers like Swami Vivakananda and Paramahansa Yogananda brought yoga to the West, yoga students and teachers alike have sought to integrate the practice and philosophy of yoga into modern life. Find out why this best-selling yoga book has been used in yoga teacher training programs the world over and has become a modern spiritual classic.
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This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Oct 30, Chris Hyde rated it really liked it Shelves: general-spirituality. When many people think of the word "yoga", they think of the exercise poses that make up the typical Western yoga practice. But that is just one part of what yoga is. The poses are known as "Hatha Yoga".
Yoga itself is so much larger and is actually a whole philosophy of life and spirituality. Darren Main's book, "Yoga and the Path of the Urban Mystic" is a great overview of the totality of yoga. Darren Main boils down the ancient yoga principles into an understanding that the typical Western ur When many people think of the word "yoga", they think of the exercise poses that make up the typical Western yoga practice. Darren Main boils down the ancient yoga principles into an understanding that the typical Western urban individual can comprehend and practice.
If you want a good understanding of the principles of yoga, this is a great book to help you on your path. It gets a little bogged down in the middle of the book For anyone interested in understanding the philosophy and spirituality of yoga, this is a great book!
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This book is part of my yoga teacher training. I loved it. As inspiring on the 10th read as it was on the first. If you read one book on yoga in your lifetime make this the one. Feb 28, Eric P rated it it was amazing. I listened to the audio book and I was glad I did. I am a big reader but I wanted something to listen to while driving to work and school.
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I found this book very interesting and stimulating through its content. I did not agree with some things but it definitely made me think which is the whole point. As a beginner yogi, this book definitely made me want to dive even deeper into my practice. His honesty and his unapologetic flawed character dynamics made me connect even more with his words.
While this book was not required reading for my training, I would absolutely recommend it to anyone looking to explore yogic philosophy and deepen their personal practice. I really like this book The author has done the hard work of studying and processing the origins and history of yoga, and integrating the details into something that can fit into a contemporary lifestyle. His experiences are funny and friendly and moving. Some of the concepts made sense asanas,pranayama others where just to far left.
Helpful in my yoga journey I found this to be very helpful in my yoga studies - I'm in the early part of yoga teacher training. It gives a good framework of the various concepts of yoga and how they may relate to me and my life. Jan 02, Lisa Whatley rated it it was amazing. Ready to read this again. Jan 12, Ann Wehrman rated it it was amazing. Authentic, insightful, honest. Excellent further reading on the practice of yoga. Darren Main has an accessible, disarming style of writing; and this book was easy to read. I have, many times, tried to find a suitable entry point for a sustainable yoga practice in my daily life.
And I did find some useful ideas and inspiration in here for incorporating a yogic-styled approach to the the fast-paced lifestyle of the aspiring urban mystic. However, I found Main's expectations as to the amount of time I would be able to devote to a yoga practice daunting and a little disheartening Darren Main has an accessible, disarming style of writing; and this book was easy to read. However, I found Main's expectations as to the amount of time I would be able to devote to a yoga practice daunting and a little disheartening.
I recall a specific passage in which he notes that, " A day? What kind of world is he living in?
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Well, one in which he is paid to write yoga books, teaches a practice, and can spend entire days in meditation - but, unfortunately, hard to relate to my own "urban" circumstance, which involves a full time job, two kids, and a number of other personal pursuits vying for my time and attention. With that realization, it made it tough for me to buy into the totality of the book and its message. Maybe my expectations were off. And maybe I need to re-read at some point without trying to assume there's any call to action as far as starting a practice is concerned; but just try to heed the overall philosophy.
A great read or must read! With it's casual tone, this book is for the average joe looking to learn what yoga is all about AND it's for yoga practitioners like me to be reminded of the same thing! As westerners diving into yoga, I think we get caught up with the physical asana practice without recognizing that that is only one piece of the puzzle. Darren paints the whole yogic picture offering relatable anecdotes help to sim A great read or must read!
Darren paints the whole yogic picture offering relatable anecdotes help to simplify what could be an overwhelming topic, so that's it's totally digestible for the average person. As a yoga teacher, even though the topic was familiar to me, reading this book was a great way to re-learn, remind myself, and deepen my knowledge.
I am grateful to met the teachers and friends during the training. Now I am back to Mysore and continuing learning from there. I thoroughly enjoyed all aspects of the course. I was looking to deepen my practice of Ashtanga but to also gain an insight into pranayama and meditation and course met all these requirements.
The asana teacher Jai was incredibly knowledgable and through his clear instructions, I learnt a lot, not only about the asanas but also various modifications and how to adjust others. He was also available to answer any questions at all that we had about our personal practice. Having not practised much meditation in the past, the meditation classes gave a good introduction to various types of meditation including dynamic meditations which I personally enjoyed a lot.
The school itself is very friendly and has a great rooftop jacuzzi to chill out on. I would recommend the course to anyone looking to deepen their own practice or thinking about teaching. I spent a week at Mystic School and thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience. I did both styles, iyengar and Ashtanga.
Both teachers are friendly and very experienced with students of all levels. The classes were fairly small, around people for each session which is great because you get hands on adjustment from the teachers. The afternoon classes are fairly empty so if you're not familiar with Ashtanga Yoga then give them a go. I was the only one there for one of the classes; a private session - can't ask for more than that : Prices are a little high though at Rs per session.
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