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Yoga and the Quest for the True Self by Stephen Cope
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Mar 16, 2008

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Maybe this is just the wrong time for this book. I just finished Eat Pray Love which, while it is not a "how to" on yoga, it is a much better read and much more to the point on transcendental meditation---which is what I was looking for.

While some might find his story behind why he got into yoga interesting, I really just wanted a book on taking yoga and meditation practice to the next level. I find when he is trying to create "the story" of the book, his writing style is so cheesy and awkward I can barely read it. When he is talking about the technical aspects I think he does a good job but I find my self skipping all over trying to get past sentances like "she had a perky new hair cut" and "I reached for another brownie" (While I love me some snacks, I am not sure what him telling us he was eating a brownie in that moment really did to further my yoga practice)

Perhaps what I am looking for is flash cards? ;) Any suggestions anyone for a great book on the how-tos of meditation? This book was so highly rated should I get over my dislike of mundane details and just shut up and read it?

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Jonathan Hey Karin, your review caught my eye because I had the exact same reaction. I thought Cope did a pretty good job of describing how the practice could lead to a fuller experience of life in the real world, but there was a notable lack of practical advice and I also found the stories of his little friends' assorted mid-life crises pretty tedious. There's a book called "Mindfulness in Plain English" that's much better on technique and advice and might be closer to what you're looking for. But be forewarned, it ain't great literature either...

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