Yoga and the Quest for the True Self

By Stephen Cope
(Bantam, Paperback, 9780553378351, 384pp.)

Publication Date: September 5, 2000

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Millions of Americans know yoga as a superb form of exercise and as a potent source of calm in our stress-filled lives. Far fewer are aware of the full promise of yoga as a 4,000-year-old practical path of liberation—a path that fits the needs of modern Western seekers with startling precision. Now Stephen Cope, a Western-trained psychotherapist who has lived and taught for more than ten years at the largest yoga center in America, offers this marvelously lively and irreverent "pilgrim's progress" for today's world. He demystifies the philosophy, psychology, and practice of yoga, and shows how it applies to our most human dilemmas: from loss, disappointment, and addiction, to the eternal conflicts around sex and relationship. And he shows us that in yoga, "liberation" does not require us to leave our everyday lives for some transcendent spiritual plane—life itself is the path. Above all, Cope shows how yoga can heal the suffering of self-estrangement that pervades our society, leading us to a new sense of purpose and to a deeper, more satisfying life in the world.




About the Author
Stephen Cope is a psychotherapist and senior yoga teacher at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Lenox, Massachusetts, the largest residential yoga center in the United States. An Amherst College graduate with further studies at Episcopal Divinity School and Boston College, he is Kripalu's Scholar-in-Residence and is featured on the bestselling Kripalu "Dynamic Yoga" video.
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