• The Yoga Matrix

  • The Body as a Gateway to Freedom
  • By: Richard Freeman
  • Narrated by: Richard Freeman
  • Length: 8 hrs and 1 min
  • Original Recording
  • Release date: 10-06-15
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Sounds True
  • 4.5 (74 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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.
In 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.
©2007 Richard Freeman (P)2007 Richard Freeman
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By Amazon Customer on 06-24-17

Unpleasant narration

How could the performance have been better?

had to abort listening after 3 chapters despite deep interest in the content. the narration is mechanical, to much pauses between words, impossible to listen to over time. the narrator has a pleasant voice but the pitch and tone is unbearable.

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

By justme on 04-12-16


Very balanced, grounded, and well-researched. Really enjoyed it. Covers all the bases that yoga instructors need.

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By LJ on 10-31-16

A 'Must Read' for those interested in the way of Yoga

The Yoga Matrix, gave me great insights as to how the many aspects and paths of Yoga blend and overlap. Richards's ability to take a comprehensive subject and explain it in an easy to understand, humble and at times fun way makes this book a must for most, if not all with an interest to learn the origins and essence of Yoga. Being an audio book complemented the text, as the delivery and guidance makes it feel like 1:1 tuition. Thank you Richard

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By Ma on 08-30-17

Profound interpretation of ancient art

I listened to The Yoga Matrix maybe five times by now. Arrive to new understanding each time. Thoroughly enjoys this book, will come back to it again I'm sure!

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