Within the YOGA SUTRA, an ancient text on the practice of yoga, only two verses mention "asanas" -- the postures we commonly associate with yoga in the West. Patanjali, the legendary sage and author of this 2,250-year-old work, was concerned not solely with physical, or even mental, development, but also with spiritual development. In fact the original purpose of yoga was -- and remains -- to function as a complete spiritual path where the body serves as a gateway to enlightenment.
On THE YOGA MATRIX, the renowned instructor Richard Freeman immerses us in the rich teachings and sutras that inform the many schools of yoga, and reveals how the body can serve as the ultimate laboratory, temple, and place of pilgrimage for spiritual inquiry. Looking back 5,000 years, Freeman uncovers the living roots of yoga philosophy, and observes how they have grown into many schools, techniques, and philosophies that are united by a vast, interpenetrating "matrix" which holds the key to understanding yoga's full depth and greater purpose.
Highlights of THE YOGA MATRIX include:
Yoga, nondualism, and the present moment
How the major schools of yoga relate to one another
The Jeweled Net of Indra and the metapattern of the yoga matrix
Your body: its surprising place in the yoga matrix
Asanas: "containers" for meditation practice
Nadis: the body's "rivers of energy"
Kundalini energy and how it awakens
Five Element Theory: its application to yoga
The Sankhya System: from solid earth to transparent mind
The "nectar of Tantra"
The nine obstacles to yoga practice and how to overcome them
Yamas and Niyamas: yoga's core moral precepts
The "ultimate guru"
More than eight hours of chants, divine lore, and advanced yoga teachings
What is the yogic view of reality? Why was yoga first developed? How is progress traditionally measured? What are the principles of working with the body's subtle energy? Where do I start? From profound concepts at the center of this ancient cosmic philosophy to the cherished teaching stories and chants that enrich its daily practrice, THE YOGA MATRIX presents a complete audio curriculum with the power to catalyze your daily yoga practice.