The Yoga Matrix

The Body as a Gateway to Freedom

The Yoga Matrix

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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.


  • 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

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Incredible Review by Mark

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 :)

(Posted on 1/14/2018)

A book for life time Review by Linlin

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

(Posted on 2/11/2017)

Fantastic work Review by Sterling

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

(Posted on 2/5/2016)

Review for The Yoga Matrix Review by Joanna C

Love this! His voice is easy to listen to and the content is very comprehensive.

(Posted on 7/2/2014)

Review for The Yoga Matrix Review by Alexandre W

This is an excellent immersion into the world and philosophy of Yoga. Richard has the ability to bring forth the depth of the sankhya philosophy and its relationship to the practice of Yoga in a way that is insightful and clear. I have listened repeatedly to these teachings and find renew inspiration for my practice and spiritual life. I recommend this product to any serious practitioner of Yoga, beginner or experienced as you will definitely find a wealth of teachings here that will be a guidance throughout your life. Thank you Richard.

(Posted on 2/9/2014)

Review for The Yoga Matrix Review by Something new every time!

I've listened to The Yoga Matrix a few times over the last year. Without fail, in each case, I noticed something new or found a deeper connection with an idea or concept. Richard is a living wealth of knowledge, experience, and wisdom. His metaphorical discussions carry enough breadth and depth to be a lifetime of lessons.

I usually read a book and give it away because I know I won't revisit it. While I have loaned these CDs out a couple times, I always kept track and made sure to get them back!

(Posted on 10/8/2009)

Review for The Yoga Matrix Review by Daniel Dale

If you are considering purchasing a book on yoga, my advice is DON'T do it. If, for some reason, audio books just don't appeal to you, then buy this set of CDs and pay somebody to transcribe the lectures so you can read them. Seriously! This is hands down the best introduction you can find to the deeper aspects of yoga philosophy, suitable both for the neophyte and the seasoned practitioner. Full of countless gems of insight, it bears repeated listening and will be a source of inspiration for years.

(Posted on 2/10/2009)



Contents 6 CDs (450 minutes); 1 Study guide (9 pages)
Date Published November 01, 2003
ISBN-10 1-59179-127-8
ISBN-13 978-1-59179-127-0
Dimensions 11 x 10 inches
Product Code AF00761D

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Contents 1 Audio download (7 hours, 30 minutes)
Filetypes M4B, MP3, PDF, ZIP
Date Published November 01, 2003
ISBN-10 1-60407-406-X
ISBN-13 978-1-60407-406-2
Product Code AF00761W