The Spirit of the Matter

The Spirit of the Matter : Mysore Style Ashtanga Yoga and the metaphysics of Yoga Taravali

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An adventurous look at the progressive Mysore style yoga class format and the relationship between Western yoga and the Ashtanga Vinyasa method. How to use this system to reach psychic peaks while living a productive life of bliss and poise.

Instructions on how to use this system while serving your community by teaching the most inclusive form of physical yoga. Mysore style yoga is perfect for families, people with disability, athletes, beginners, and people of any age. This book features a blend of modern research on interoception, fascial remodeling, and positive psychology - along with clear and undiluted truths of the unified cosmos and infinite intelligence that exist within YOU, in a uniquely lucid way.

The tools within help you realise perfect physical health as well as the metaphysical truths of spiritual masters who existed long ago in the Himalayas. Featuring a modern translation of an ancient text that forms the heart of yoga, along with commentary and supporting information that helps you clearly implement it in your daily life, rather than leaving it as night-stand poetry.

This is a great book for yoga enthusiasts, studio owners, and spiritual seekers who wish to move beyond the common flavours of yoga, into the deep awareness and intentions of those who initiated yoga itself.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 284 pages
  • 140 x 216 x 15mm | 331g
  • English
  • 064512110X
  • 9780645121100
  • 770,597

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Josh Pryor's The Spirit of the Matter is a refreshing new contribution to Ashtanga Yoga. It sheds novel light on the Mysore-style format and explains its manifold advantages. The book clears many common misunderstandings that may prevent beginners from trying out this most efficient class format. Pryor's approach is guided by reason and a spirit of exploration rather than dogma. The Spirit of the Matter also for the first time makes available a useable translation of the Yoga Taravali. Congratulations!

Gregor Maehle
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