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The Yoga Matrix

The Body as a Gateway to Freedom
Narrated by: Richard Freeman
Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
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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.

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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  • justme
  • 12-04-2016

Mind-blowing

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

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  • Robert
  • 29-10-2016

Disappointed

Boring, monotonous, and not inspiring at all! The attempt to educate was feeble and most of what was covered seemed unnecessary

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  • tim
  • 08-01-2018

this was impossible to understand or sit through.

imagine sitting down and having somebody read soup ingredients to you in a drab monotone voice with no Cadence that is infinitely better than trying to sit through this mess of a book

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  • Elizabeth Uchiyama
  • 06-07-2019

Comprehensive, Informative and Clear

I found the information to be clearly outlined in easy, relatable sections. His voice was calm, friendly and sincere. This is some of the same information I learned in my yoga philosophy classes at the Ashram, so a good review.
Yoga, in the western world, has been equated with exercise and fitness. Asanas are a part of what yoga is but not the whole. Yoga, as explained in this book, is a way of life, a discipline that offers many pathways to enlightenment.
I'm going to buy more of his books and look up his website for classes.

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  • Na
  • 23-03-2019

Timeless message and voice.

Richard Freeman is superhumanly human.
One needs 7-10 years of reading, listening, practicing, and then repeat the process again and again to truly START understanding the message in the book.

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  • Declan Dexter
  • 24-06-2017

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 16-03-2017

Excellent

Profound invitation to world of yoga. It is worth listem more than once. Shows the true meaning of yoga practice.

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  • LJ
  • 31-10-2016

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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  • Ma
  • 30-08-2017

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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  • Miss SL Whicheloe
  • 17-03-2018

clear and direct

Gently spoken , good even pace and manner. A well explained overview of yoga from a practioners view.

Richard has made sense of yoga by grappling with its paradox's and terminologies and testing it on the yoga mat and the meditatiom cushion

Ultimatey seeing how yoga can help us live day to day in relationship with ourselves and each other.

highly reccomend

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  • Miss S~J
  • 23-01-2017

very complete easy to understand

such a great buy for anyone who really wants to know what 'Yoga' really is. loved it!

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