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Yoga for a World Out of Balance: Teachings on Ethics and Social Action

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aspect of our life has a part to play in the greater ecological system, Michael
Stone explains in this book. How do we bring this large view to our yoga
practice? According to Stone, our responsibility as human beings is to live in
a sustainable and respectful way. He says two things need to change. First, we
need to understand the relationship between our actions and the

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Published July 29th 2011 by Shambhala Publications, Inc. (first published September 29th 2009)
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Donna Pelley
I just finished reading this book my Michael Stone, and I feel I should start right back at the beginning again. It's not a huge book but Stone packs a lot in and it's deep stuff. I feel it would make a great text book and provide a teacher and students with great material for weekly lectures and discussions. There were many times during this book that I wanted to ask questions so I could understand better what the author meant. BTW, this book isn't about yoga as in asanas or yoga poses, rather...more
Frank Jude
Jan 07, 2012 Frank Jude rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All Yoga Students as well as those interested in ethics.
This is one of the books I have used with my students studying the precepts, as four of the five yamas of the classical yoga tradition are the same as the buddhist precepts. And, the fifth yama, non-grasping certainly has linkage to the fifth precept of non-intoxication -- which Stone also points out.

I especially appreciate his working in of David Loy's concept of "lack" and how it influences behavior and the toxic consumption of our economic system. The other important contribution Stone makes...more
This book examines the ancient yoga sutras, focusing specifically on the yamas, and works to apply them to today's world. However, I found it to be hard to read and difficult to understand.

The central tenet of the book is that yoga cannot only apply to life on the mat, it has to reach into other areas of our lives and exist in a dualist place. I can accept this argument, but didn't find that his commentary on the modern interpretation of the yamas held the kind of thought provoking commentary I...more
Being an Ashtanga yoga practitioner and activist, I really enjoyed this book. Stone presents ancient yogic wisdom so that it can be applied to the current context of today's fast-paced, attention-deficit, aggrieved world.

This book helps the reader to understand that everything they do, on the mat or off, has a direct impact on the world around us. A great reminder that we are but a part of the web of life, and that all is interconnected.
Monica Flynn
Definitely one to dip in and out of again and again. Michael discusses how a yoga practice might extend into the world in our attitude toward each other and the environment. In an tangential way he brings a Buddhist Marxist critique to his discussion about our Western life style.
Alexa Mergen
A wise friend told me that to be happy one must live in alignment with one's values. This book is helpful for clarifying values and figuring out how to live in alignment with them. You do not have to be a "yoga person" to be enriched by this book. You just have to be a person.
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