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Yoga for a World Out of Balance: Teachings on Ethics and Social Action by [Stone, Michael]
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"The careening horror of our environmental dissent has all of us off balance. Michael Stone provides some excellent advice about how to find a place on which to stand."--Bill McKibben, author of "Deep Economy
""If up until now yoga has been something you do on a mat, this book will lift you off your feet. I know of no book with such an elevated, informed, and inspiring perspective on how yoga belongs in our world and how the world belongs in our yoga."--Chip Hartranft, author and translator, "The Yoga-Sutra of Patanjali"

“Thought-provoking.  Stone is unusually passionate and sophisticated in his approach.  The book needs to be digested slowly, because in it Stone calls on us to change our minds and lives.  Fortunately, he not only provides guidance on this path but also inspires us to follow it.”—"Yoga Journal "
“An essential read for anyone trying to seriously practice yoga today.”—"Yoga Magazine "
“"Yoga for a World Out of Balance" provides guiding principles with a holistic vision that sees beyond simple black-and-white into today's more complex issues.”—"Elephant Journal "
“The world has been calling out for a book like this.  Michael Stone affirms the potential of yoga in our world, and the book is necessary reading for anyone who is looking to do an engaged, authentic practice with integrity, intelligence, and sensitivity.”—It's All Yoga, Baby blog
“The careening horror

Thought-provoking. Stone is unusually passionate and sophisticated in his approach. The book needs to be digested slowly, because in it Stone calls on us to change our minds and lives. Fortunately, he not only provides guidance on this path but also inspires us to follow it. "Yoga Journal "
An essential read for anyone trying to seriously practice yoga today. "Yoga Magazine "

"Yoga for a World Out of Balance" provides guiding principles with a holistic vision that sees beyond simple black-and-white into today's more complex issues. "Elephant Journal "

The world has been calling out for a book like this. Michael Stone affirms the potential of yoga in our world, and the book is necessary reading for anyone who is looking to do an engaged, authentic practice with integrity, intelligence, and sensitivity. It's All Yoga, Baby blog

The careening horror of our environmental dissent has all of us off balance. Michael Stone provides some excellent advice about how to find a place on which to stand. Bill McKibben, author of "Deep Economy"

If up until now yoga has been something you do on a mat, this book will lift you off your feet. I know of no book with such an elevated, informed, and inspiring perspective on how yoga belongs in our world and how the world belongs in our yoga. Chip Hartranft, author and translator, "The Yoga-Sutra of Patanjali"
Spiritual awakening and fruition do not come from fleeing our suffering world but from opening up to it and being transformed by that encounter. Michael Stone s new book demonstrates clearly and persuasively that social engagement is an essential part of genuine yogic practice. His work continues to be at the cutting edge of Western yoga. David Loy, author of "Money, Sex, War, Karma"
The nurturing flow of life, extreme intelligence, beauty, and perfect harmony are active in every one of us. Yoga was developed in ancient wisdom culture to gently reveal what we already have. Read this book. Mark Whitwell, author of "Yoga of the Heart"
Reverence for life up-ends the typical narcissism of spiritual literature; what we are offered here instead is a literate and deeply devotional integration of individual practice and social awareness. Yoga has always meant 'union, ' but here in Michael Stone s world, the profound philosophy of yoga permeates the dying earth and our living hearts with insights that are ancient, scintillating, and incisive. This is not a rehash of prior teachings, but a highly original uncloaking of the deepest meanings that await us in our practice. Paul Hawken, author of "Blessed Unrest"
An important new work of great clarity that brilliantly explores the core concern of human existence: the coming together of spirit and action. Velcrow Ripper, director of the films "Scared Sacred" and "Fierce Light"


"Thought-provoking. Stone is unusually passionate and sophisticated in his approach. The book needs to be digested slowly, because in it Stone calls on us to change our minds and lives. Fortunately, he not only provides guidance on this path but also inspires us to follow it."--Yoga Journal
"An essential read for anyone trying to seriously practice yoga today."--Yoga Magazine

"Yoga for a World Out of Balance provides guiding principles with a holistic vision that sees beyond simple black-and-white into today's more complex issues."--Elephant Journal

"The world has been calling out for a book like this. Michael Stone affirms the potential of yoga in our world, and the book is necessary reading for anyone who is looking to do an engaged, authentic practice with integrity, intelligence, and sensitivity."--It's All Yoga, Baby blog

"The careening horror of our environmental dissent has all of us off balance. Michael Stone provides some excellent advice about how to find a place on which to stand."--Bill McKibben, author of Deep Economy

"If up until now yoga has been something you do on a mat, this book will lift you off your feet. I know of no book with such an elevated, informed, and inspiring perspective on how yoga belongs in our world and how the world belongs in our yoga."--Chip Hartranft, author and translator, The Yoga-Sutra of Patanjali
"Spiritual awakening and fruition do not come from fleeing our suffering world but from opening up to it and being transformed by that encounter. Michael Stone's new book demonstrates clearly and persuasively that social engagement is an essential part of genuine yogic practice. His work continues to be at the cutting edge of Western yoga."--David Loy, author of Money, Sex, War, Karma
"The nurturing flow of life, extreme intelligence, beauty, and perfect harmony are active in every one of us. Yoga was developed in ancient wisdom culture to gently reveal what we already have. Read this book."--Mark Whitwell, author of Yoga of the Heart
"Reverence for life up-ends the typical narcissism of spiritual literature; what we are offered here instead is a literate and deeply devotional integration of individual practice and social awareness. Yoga has always meant 'union, ' but here in Michael Stone's world, the profound philosophy of yoga permeates the dying earth and our living hearts with insights that are ancient, scintillating, and incisive. This is not a rehash of prior teachings, but a highly original uncloaking of the deepest meanings that await us in our practice."--Paul Hawken, author of Blessed Unrest
"An important new work of great clarity that brilliantly explores the core concern of human existence: the coming together of spirit and action."--Velcrow Ripper, director of the films Scared Sacred and Fierce Light
"Michael Stone provides the clarity and direction that can result in a yoga practice that is not limited to the time on the mat but that moves out into the world and embraces it."--Spirituality & Health

About the Author

Michael Stone is a yoga teacher and psychotherapist who leads yoga and meditation workshops and teaches internationally on the effectiveness of yoga and Buddhist meditation in clinical psychotherapy practice. His approach to yoga focuses on the integration of theory and practice in a way that is rooted in tradition yet responsive to contemporary culture. He is the founder of Centre of Gravity Sangha, a community of yoga and Buddhist practitioners based in Toronto, where he lives. For more information, visit www.centreofgravity.org.

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  • Publisher: Shambhala; 1 edition (29 Sept. 2009)
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  • Language: English
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Michael Stone's teachings are modern and relevant in this materialistic, commercialised globalised society. The ancient yoga sutras are often over analysed. Michael Stone openly states that there is no point in trying to take meaning from thousands of years ago and apply them to present society. He's a sanskrit scholar himself so, he isn't getting the translation from other people.

Ethics is something I am very passionate about, especially in regards to the environment, fair-trade, the cruelty of animals and I find it difficult to see all people around me living without a thought for any of these things. Yoga is about interconnectedness and Michael Stone's teachings are what I think are missing from yoga at this current time. I hope this book will have a positive influence on people who practise yoga and that Western yoga evolves beyond asana classes and do the rest on your own attitude'.
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Well.....first review ever so hope I don't disappoint. This book is fabby, written in a way that I can understand (& believe me I get confused easily) it really speaks to ones heart & soul. I look forward to reading more my this author :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A highly recommended book to explore the social dimensions of yoga 6 Nov. 2015
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[ASIN:1590307054 Yoga for a World Out of Balance: Teachings on Ethics and Social Action]Yoga is usually conceived as an important instrument to achieve a personal transformation. Unfortunately, because of the emphasis to present yoga as a practice that goes beyond simple physical exercises (Asanas), the fact that yoga has also an important social dimension is very often ignored. The book by Michael Stone properly addresses this issue and insists that in ecology, like in yoga, we recognize that everything is interconnected and interrelated. Therefore, there is a strong correspondence between achieving a personal transformation and transforming our society. Such a claim is also strongly emphasized by the organizers of the coming UN 2015 Paris Climate Conference, who insist that actions should address both the international and national levels simultaneously.

In the vast literature on yoga subjects, there are very few books that address the social dimension of yoga. The author finds a strong support to his ideas from the Bhagavad-Gita and from Patanjali’s Sutras. He sees that yoga and modern ecology form a symbiotic unity and concludes that both approaches are deeply concerned with action and the effects of those actions. We are taught in the Bhagavad-Gita that “not taking action in times of crisis is a form of violence.” The late yogi master, B. K. S. Iyengar, who wrote a foreword for this book, affirms: “The eight aspects (astanga) of yoga comprise a subjective art, science, and philosophy that covers the five layers of the human being; the anatomical, physiological, mental, intellectual, and spiritual bodies [the ‘Koshas’]. They also balance the ecosystem and environment of the elements. …This Earth belongs to all of us. We are all one family here.”

Through the book, the author eloquently highlights the idea that although the Yoga Sutras by Patanjali was written 18 centuries ago, its message is highly relevant to confront the imbalances of modern life. Yoga for a World out of Balance is full of insights and is more focused on environmental issues than his previous book, The Inner Tradition of Yoga (2008), which was a rather general guide. The 13 chapters of the new book form an interesting sequence. The first four chapters have a broad introduction to the ethical components of the Yoga Sutras. They are followed by the central five chapters, which are devoted to present the guiding principles about our relations to others (called Yamas): non-harming (Ahimsa), honesty (Satya), no stealing (Asteya), the wise control of our appetites (Brahmacharya), and greedlessness (Aparigraha). It is here that Stone provides an incisive discussion of the Yamas, making well documented references to our socio-economic and environmental problems. A penultimate chapter has the attractive title “Samadhi in Community,” where he develops the idea that Samadhi is a “deep awakening” to the interconnected nature of reality. The book has a self explanatory subtitle, “Teachings on Ethics and Social Action.”

The entire book is written to present yoga as an educational secular set of principles and guidance tools and insists that yoga is not a religion. He also advances the idea that “yoga did not come from India or Bengal, it’s always been here,” echoing the more current view that yoga was “discovered” in India, as well as in other parts of the world. Aldous Huxley had already mentioned that yoga was part of what he called “the perennial philosophy.”

Michael Stone is a Canadian psychotherapist and teaches Buddhism and yoga. He is the founder and director of the Centre of Gravity Sangha in Toronto, a community of Buddhist practitioners and teachers who are dedicated to integrating a committed formal yoga practice and the demands of modern urban life.
5.0 out of 5 stars great read 20 Dec. 2014
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As I've been deepening my practice and thinking about the other seven limbs than asana practice, this was a great introduction to the yamas and how my yoga practice can be reflected in my life, and how I can use the teachings to improve my life. I didn't agree wi everything, but it was excellent.
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Finally a book that translates the Yamas into practices and perspectives for modern times.
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent book! 31 Jan. 2013
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Very intelligent & insightful. Brings yoga off the mat & into the everyday for me. Not your average yogic philosophy book.
5.0 out of 5 stars yoga for a world out of balance 5 Aug. 2014
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Brilliant. Loved every word, the authour brings yogic philosophy into an applicable framework which is so relevant and needed for the modern age. Thank you
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