Michael Talks About Having a Yoga Crisis.

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The Inner Tradition of Yoga

Michael talks about yogic-materialism, having a yoga crisis and the true heart of yoga.

For many initiates, yoga may appear to be purely a corporeal activity—a practice related solely to the pursuit of fitness—or perhaps as a recreational and social pastime to be enjoyed with friends. While yoga may indeed serve as a means to physical well-being or provide opportunities to forge new relationships, it also extends to us an opportunity to turn inward and “let go.” As Michael Stone—yoga teacher and psychotherapist—suggests, moving beyond the presumed externality of the body in the practice of asana (pose) is something that requires us to move more deeply inward into the heart of yoga itself. But for a beginner who’s just attended a series of classes that have focused on the very physical sensations and positioning of a downward dog or a spinal twist, what does it mean to turn inward, and just what exactly is the role of asana then anyway?


Editor: Lynn Hasselberger


About Michael Stone (Centre of Gravity)

Centre of Gravity is a thriving community of Yoga and Buddhist practitioners integrating committed formal practice and modern urban life. We offer weekly sits, text studies, yoga practice and dharma talks. Retreats, guest speakers, online courses and audio talks deepen the feel. Each week Michael Stone dishes a talk, often on primary texts by Dogen, Patanjali, and the Buddha, that are collaged with today's headlines and psychological insights to produce an engaged shape shifting dharma, at once historical, personal and political. Notes on these talks by Mike Hoolboom form the heart of this blog. Michael Stone is a yoga teacher and Buddhist teacher. He travels internationally teaching about the intersection of Yoga, Buddhism and mental health. He has written four books with Shambhala Publications on ethics, yoga's subtle body, inner/outer pilgrimmages, and the sometimes uneasy blend of social engagement and Buddhism. Please check out the website at www.centreofgravity.org .


7 Responses to “Michael Talks About Having a Yoga Crisis.”

  1. Tanya Lee Markul says:

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  2. DeAnna says:

    Now I want to walk around asking everyone what the heart of their yoga practice is. 😀 Thank you for sharing.

  3. V. Bielkus says:

    Thank you for sharing this thoughtful video and message!!

  4. ValCarruthers says:

    Wonderful video, Michael, filled with so much wisdom. What is Yoga practice if not a golden opportunity to discover the joys of true inner alignment. Thank you for shining your light on this timeless teaching.

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