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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Findhorn Press Ltd. (25 Mar 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1899171398
  • ISBN-13: 978-1899171392
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 15.5 x 2.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,827,114 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Darren Main is a renowned yoga and meditation instructor and author whose books include Spiritual Journeys along the Yellow Brick Road and The Findhorn Book of Meditation. He facilitates workshops and lectures on yoga and modern spirituality throughout the United States and abroad. Main lives in San Francisco, California. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By gumdrops on 12 Mar 2003
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If you are at the stage where you are looking for more than just physical exercise from your yoga then . . . This can be a life changing book. Well written and easy to understand
This man walks his talk!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amy Palko on 10 Jan 2012
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Darren gives us such a gift in this book. Recommended by a friend, I bought this at a point in my life when I was just brand new to yoga, and it took my practice to a whole other level.

This book is not a 'how-to' as such, but it is a guide to integrating your yoga practice into your everyday. It explains some philosophical and esoteric concepts in easy to understand language, and there is much that I took from this book which continues to colour the way I perceive my life now.

If you're looking to deepen your yoga practice above and beyond a good way to keep supple and strong, then this book is definitely worth checking out. Oh, and I should say too, that I followed up this book by downloading the free workbook that accompanies Yoga & the Path of the Urban Mystic. I recommend you do too!
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Great book - down to earth and readable, taking the subject seriously without being precious about it. Raises some interesting points and has given me a lot to think about.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
The Inner Path Of Yoga For Modern Yogis 29 April 2004
By CPTScott - Published on
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This book by Darren John Main "Yoga and the Path Of The Urban Mystic" is really outstanding. It is one among a collection of excellent books to emerge in recent times that are about the inner part of yoga beyond asana.
This book leads you through the eight limb path (ashtanga) of yoga and gives insight in down to earth language how to apply these principles to real life.
Darren is an outstanding writer and has deep insights and a practical way of looking at the Yamas, Niyamas, Asana, Pranayama, Pratyahara, Dharana, Dhyana and Samadhi.
Highly recommended for Yogis who want to deepen their practice beyond the asanas as well as for anyone who wants a down to earth introduction to these principles of yoga.
Also highly recommended are "Bringing Yoga To Life" by Donna Farhi, "Yoga And The Quest For The True Self" by Stephen Cope, "Living Your Yoga" by Judith Lasater and "Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy" by Michael Lee.
Also check out the CD sets "Yoga For Emotional Flow" by Stephen Cope )which has three excellent guided meditations and "The Yoga Matrix" by Richard Freeman which is a six CD set that gets very deeply into the philosophical aspects of the yoga system.
35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
Not for the serious Yogi 5 July 2009
By Alan Starner - Published on
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This book was selected for our spiritual book club. There were nine of us, mostly yoga teachers, including some 10 year plus students of yoga philosophy. We picked carefully through each chapter. The long time students of yoga all reached similar conclusions about the book; this conclusion is basically that it is not a good choice for a serious student of yoga. Part one is a general introduction to eastern spirituality. Part two takes the eight limbs of yoga (from the yoga sutras) and interprets them for the "urban mystic". This is a laudable goal, and the book is sometimes very good, even brilliant in a few places. However, it is also dumbed down or wrong in many places. Whole Wheat breathing anyone?

His chapter about tapas is way off the mark. Quoting from the book: "A more modern approach to tapas would be to take a real inventory of our possessions. Most of us, if we were really honest, would be able to take several truckloads of stuff to Good Will and not miss a thing." He interprets tapas as being about non-materialism. But tapas is heat, the self discipline/spiritual effort involved in breaking our conditioned patterns. It's a stretch to include non-materialism, which would more appropriately be Aparigraha (greedlessness), one of the Yamas. But non-materialism is all he discusses in this chapter.

Surprisingly, the book did work for our book discussion. It allowed us to take a fresh look at each concept, discuss positives and negatives in the book, and extend the discussion from there.

Authors often have a specific reader in mind for their writings, and it felt to me that Darren Main's intended reader is a 12 year old cousin who knows little about yoga. It's not a bad book if you've been practicing asana and want a casual introduction to yoga philosophy. However, if you are deeply interested in yoga, I would skip this book and read something written by someone with greater depth and experience. I usually recommend Erich Shiffmann's book "Yoga, the Spirit and Practice of Moving into Stillness" to those new to yoga.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
wonderfully fun - - simple & significant at once 30 Sep 2003
By "dirtgirl" - Published on
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this book is really fun and easy to read. it's unpretentious, honest, and good natured in its discussion of the mental hurdles, internal conflicts, and regular friction that arise in our lives daily. anybody who has read a lot of what they call mystical, esoteric, or religious texts will especially enjoy the combination of simplicity, sincerity, and depth, that the author has infused this book with. i'd recommend this to absolutely anyone, whether they're interested in yoga or not -- it made a huge difference in my perspective. thank you, darren.
if you practise hatha yoga and are looking for more insight into the non-physical aspects of the practise, you may find as i did, that this book feels like your favorite yoga instructor: full of insight yet unpretentious; warmly encouraging yet demanding.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Spiritual principles and practice as part of modern life. 9 Mar 2003
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Darren does a wonderful job of presenting the yogic spiritual principles and then showing us ways to weave spiritual action into our modern day lives. This book is warm and accessible urging progress and allowing us to let go of the anxiety producing drive for perfection. Darren's personal examples and explanations come from a place of authenticity and compassion inspiring the reader to practice not just on the yoga mat, but in the car, standing in line at the grocery store, and in the workplace. This is a great book to read and a fantastic book to keep coming back to. I highly recommend this book to anyone, yoga practitioner or not, who seeks guidance in connecting with the deeper principles of a meaningful life.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Yoga and the Path of the Urban Mystic 17 May 2006
By Gabriel - Published on
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In his book, Darren Main clearly outlines the ancient Eight-Limbed system of Yoga originaly expounded by the Indian sage Patanjali. Darren brings this ancient path towards union into our cultural context by illustrating his own experience in order to bring yoga to life.

I suggest this book both to those new to Yoga and those with a dedicated practice.

Two friends of mine want me to teach them yoga this summer, and I am making them read this book first, so they know that yoga is not limited to the practice of asana.
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