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The Yoga Matrix

The Body as a Gateway to Freedom
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Explore the texts, chants, and cosmic philosophy of Yoga with this complete audio course.
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Within the Yoga Sutra, an ancient text about the practice of yoga, only two verses mention asanas, or the postures we commonly associate with yoga in the West. Patanjali, the legendary sage and author of this 2,250-year-old work, was concerned not solely with physical development, or even mental development. In fact, the original purpose of yoga was—and remains—to function as a complete spiritual path where the body serves as a gateway to enlightenment.

On The Yoga Matrix, the renowned instructor Richard Freeman immerses us in the rich teachings and sutras that inform the many schools of yoga, and reveals how the body can serve as the ultimate laboratory, temple, and place of pilgrimage for spiritual inquiry. Looking back 5,000 years, Freeman uncovers the living roots of yoga philosophy, and observes how they have grown into many schools, techniques, and philosophies that are united by a vast, interpenetrating matrix that holds the key to understanding yoga's full depth and greater purpose.

Freeman first traveled to India in 1968, where he began a lifetime of study with the living masters of yoga and its mysteries. Now he teaches these authentic lessons and their original subtleties, with the questions and concerns of the serious Western student in mind. What is the yogic view of reality? Why was yoga first developed? How is progress traditionally measured? What are the principles of working with the body's subtle energy? Where do I start?

From profound concepts at the center of this ancient cosmic philosophy, to the cherished teaching stories and chants that enrich its daily practice, here is a complete audio curriculum with the power to catalyze your daily yoga practice.

Highlights:

  • Yoga, nondualism, and the present moment
  • How the major schools of yoga relate to one another
  • The Jeweled Net of Indra, and the metapattern of the yoga matrix
  • Your body—its surprising place in the yoga matrix
  • Asanas: containers for meditation practice
  • Nadis—the body's rivers of energy
  • Kundalini energy and how it awakens
  • Five Element Theory—its application to yoga
  • The Sankhya System—from solid earth to transparent mind
  • The nectar of Tantra
  • The nine obstacles to yoga practice, and how to overcome them
  • Yamas and Niyamas—yoga's core moral precepts
  • The ultimate guru
  • More than seven hours of chants, divine lore, and advanced yoga teachings

Highlights:

  • Yoga, nondualism, and the present moment
  • How the major schools of yoga relate to one another
  • The Jeweled Net of Indra, and the metapattern of the yoga matrix
  • Your body, its surprising place in the yoga matrix
  • Asanas: containers for meditation practice
  • Nadis, the body's rivers of energy
  • Kundalini energy and how it awakens
  • Five Element Theory, its application to yoga
  • The Sankhya System, from solid earth to transparent mind
  • The nectar of Tantra
  • The nine obstacles to yoga practice, and how to overcome them
  • Yamas and Niyamas, yoga's core moral precepts
  • The ultimate guru
  • More than seven hours of chants, divine lore, and advanced yoga teachings
Format Details
CD Audio Download
Contents 6 CDs (7 hours, 30 minutes); Study guide (9 pages) Audio Download (7 hours, 30 minutes)
Filetypes MP3, PDF, ZIP
Dimensions 5 x 5 inches
Product Code AF00761D AF00761W
ISBN Number 978-1-59179-127-0 978-1-60407-406-2
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Richard Freeman

About Richard Freeman

Richard Freeman has studied and lived for nearly nine years in India and Asia, and is an avid student of both Western and Eastern philosophy, as well as Sanskrit. He incorporates various traditions into the Ashtanga Yoga practice taught by his principal teacher, K. Pattabhi Jois of Mysore, India. His background includes Bhakti and traditional Hatha Yoga in India, Sufism in Iran, Zen and Vipassana Buddhist practice, and an in-depth study of Iyengar Yoga. Richard Freeman lives with his family in Boulder, Colorado, where he is the director of the Yoga Workshop.

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Reviewed by Sam
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awesome richards amazing

deep deep teachers, the ancient way. i am an indian and love his level of depth.

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Reviewed by Mark
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Incredible

This is the best yoga teaching I have come across. The production is also top notch. This is definitely one to have in your library. I also got Richard's video series so really looking forward to implementing what I've learned. This goes very deep, just beautiful. Highly recommended :)

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Reviewed by Linlin
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A book for life time

Can't thank Richard enough for sharing his deep understanding of yoga and life. His voice is so clear and calming. I have repeatedly listened to the audio (in the meantime, I also bought the book), and every time I found something new to inspire me. We are so lucky to have you, Richard Freeman. Namaste

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Reviewed by Sterling
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Fantastic work

Extremely deep and inspiring. We are lucky to have Richard to teach us.

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Reviewed by Joanna C.
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Love this! His voice is easy to listen to and the content is very comprehensive.

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