November 25, 2010

Book review: Freeing the Body, Freeing the Mind: Writings on the Connections Between Yoga & Buddhism (Michael Stone, ed.)

This fascinating anthology gathers some of the best essays exploring the common roots and goals of yoga and Buddhism that are available.

The rather arbitrary division between yoga and Buddhism has been the subject of many articles online and in print, but in spite of what seems to be a plethora of views on the subject, Stone gathers together works from a wide range of luminaries who are able to grant fresh and historical perspectives on the subject without rehashing previously made arguments.

While Freeing the Body, Freeing the Mind has the potential to be rather academic, the fact that each writer is also a practitioner keeps the book from becoming didactic and simply an exercise in analyzation of philosophies. This book is highly recommended for those who practice either yoga or Buddhism or both and who are looking to further explore the mutualities between the two. From Shambhala Publications and available from your local, independent bookseller. (Shop local, shop independent, and tell ‘em you saw it on Elephant Journal!)

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