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Yoga and the Quest for the True Self by Stephen Cope - Review

Updated on June 19, 2013
5 stars for Yoga and the Quest for the True Self

Stephen Cope takes a journey through time and consciousness. Using his own life as well as others, he reveals a path into the yogic world. In a writing which is easy to understand, anyone from a beginner of yoga to an enthusiast or yoga teacher, can pick up this book and be able to dive deeper into the practice of yoga on their mats and in their lives. Cope weaves 5,000 years of ancient yogic concepts in with theories of modern psychotherapy. Rather than attempting a reductive comparison, Cope suggests that various ideas experienced during yoga practice can enhance the goals of Western psychotherapy.

Sounds easy, right? By using real people and their experiences of enlightenment, Stephen Cope allows the reader to awaken. The light that turns on is one that might have gone out or is just on dimmer mode. The reader realizes their own experiences in their lives and begins to correlate them to the bigger picture. Showing that all people are human and with them comes flaws. Cope intertwines the therapies of the West with the philosophies of the East. Now the reader and others can view their worries and problems as battle scars instead of blemishes on their lives. And by doing so opens up to a world closer and closer to the true self.


Everyone enters into this journey from birth. Some are lost along the way and some find their way as soon as their feet root onto a yoga mat. Some journeys are short while others last lifetimes. The journey is never ending and there are hazards along the way. But in the end, just listening to the true self within is all one has to do. "In the entire path of yoga, there is really only one lesson. It is the one lesson that we have to learn over and over again. And each time, it arrives as an epiphany, as it did, again, to me that day with the frogs: Whenever we relinquish our craving, clinging, and grasping, whenever we stop the war with reality, whenever we are totally present and undivided, we are immediately in union with our true nature..." - Stephen Cope, Yoga and the Quest for the True Self

Remember life is life, a path is intended for each living creature. Relax and breath. Try not to forget that even though everyone walks life's path, along the way there are obstacles. Do not let these obstacles label or stop the journey. Observe and learn every experience and let judgement dissolve. Walk with an open heart, open mind and open soul. Connect, feel and just be the true self within!

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© 2013 Taura Rutigliano

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      peachy 3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      i haven't try out any yoga yet. From your book review, this yoga book should help me a lot in releasing stress and bad mood. Thanks for the recommendation. Voted useful

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      Jo_Goldsmith11 3 years ago

      Just beautiful! I enjoy spending time doing yoga. It is a great release of selfishness and being judgemental of others. A awesome , useful and interesting read. Up +++ Thank you for sharing this so beautifully. Tweeted as well. Wishing many more enlightened moments. :-)

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      Taura Rutigliano 3 years ago from Newburgh, New York

      Thank you for reading and sharing! You are my first comments! Thank you again for the love!

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