Heart Yoga

Heart Yoga

The Sacred Marriage of Yoga and Mysticism

Book - 2010
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***WINNER, 2010 Spirituality & Practice Best Spiritual Book Award - Yoga

In Heart Yoga, renowned spiritual writer and Sacred Activist Andrew Harvey and longtime yoga teacher Karuna Erickson present a vision of hatha yoga practice that links ancient spiritual traditions to contemporary life. Including excerpts of poetic sacred writing from mystical sages through the ages, the book reminds readers that the purpose of yoga is not to improve one's physical health or even to achieve peace of mind (although these results may be achieved along the way), but to reach a state of unity with the divine, the goal of mystics from all traditions. With detailed descriptions and photographs of fifty yoga poses and their alchemical effects on the body and consciousness, Heart Yoga presents yoga as a simple meditative practice that enables the practitioner to dwell in the heart and experience the bliss of union with the sacred power underlying all of life. The book explains how to prepare for Heart Yoga and describes the "Five Great Joys" that are part of the path. Included are the authors' own compelling stories of their individual journeys along the path of yoga: stories of suffering, transcendence, and joy that both inspire and enlighten.

Publisher: Berkeley, Calif. : North Atlantic Books, c2010.
ISBN: 9781556438974
Branch Call Number: 204.36 H341
Characteristics: xx, 257 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Erickson, Karuna

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Apr 24, 2010

I have been blessed to study with Karuna and her husband Paul and she is an incredible mentor and spiritual teacher. I'm so excited that Heart Yoga: the Sacred Marriage of Yoga and Mysticism is finally being released! I was privileged to study from an earlier draft of this text as a "trial run" for what has made it into the final version. If you are searching for a way to incorporate yoga and spirituality into your life or come to understand the sacred on a personal level, this book will move you deeply. Check out Karuna's website if you want to learn more: yogakaruna.com.

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