The Inner Tradition of Yoga: A Guide to Yoga Philosophy for the Contemporary Practitioner

The Inner Tradition of Yoga: A Guide to Yoga Philosophy for the Contemporary Practitioner
By Michael Stone

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There is more to the tradition of yoga than toning and strengthening. At the root, there is a vast and intriguing philosophy that teaches the ethics of nonviolence, patience, honesty, and respect. Michael Stone provides an in-depth explanation of ancient Indian yogic philosophy along with teachings on how to bring our understanding of yoga theory to deeper levels through our practice on the mat—and through our relationships with others.

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Product Details

  • Amazon Sales Rank: #32312 in Books
  • Brand: Brand: Shambhala Publications
  • Published on: 2008-08-12
  • Released on: 2008-08-12
  • Original language: English
  • Number of items: 1
  • Dimensions: 8.95" h x .64" w x 5.98" l,
  • Binding: Paperback
  • 320 pages


  • Used Book in Good Condition

Editorial Reviews

"Intense, poetic, wise, practical, intimate, and visionary—the mind-body connection has never been better explored or explained."—Sharon Gannon, cofounder of Jivamukti Yoga

"Michael Stone manages to seamlessly integrate traditional teachings with contemporary advances in the field—and so adds new dimensions of meaning to both."—Richard Rosen, author of  The Yoga of Breath

"Michael Stone brilliantly reveals the profound underpinnings of yoga that are rarely taught or understood."—Richard Freeman

" The Inner Tradition of Yoga  has much to guide and inspire anyone on the road to insight."—Chip Hartranft, author of  The Yoga-Sūtra of Patañjali

"Michael Stone details a practical and pragmatic psychology of yoga that can provide all practitioners a way to engage with the deepest transformative possibilities that yoga can offer. It is certainly what we need  now."—Frank Jude Boccio, author of Mindfulness Yoga

"Few people on the planet have Michael's gift to explore and explain in contemporary language the profound wisdom of yoga. Highly recommended for teachers and students."—Larry Payne, PhD, coauthor,  Yoga for Dummies and Yoga Rx

About the Author
Michael Stone (1974 - 2017) was a prominent and innovative Buddhist teacher, yogi, psychotherapist, and author. He was the founder and director of the Centre of Gravity Sangha, a community of yoga and Buddhist practitioners based in Toronto, and he taught widely and had a large international  following. He was the author of The Inner Tradition of Yoga, Yoga for a World Out of Balance, Freeing the Body Freeing the Mind, and Awake in the World. For more information visit

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5ancient values still apply today
By Teresa G.
If you're not into learning Sanskrit that's OK, you can get a lot out of Michael Stone's summary of yogic philosophy and morality. It's well written, though it becomes somewhat less cogent toward the end. I especially appreciate his reports of the interpretations from leading figures in the history of yoga. Worth a read for any serious student of yoga, or any person who is in the process of defining, refining, or learning to live by their own values.

0 of 0 people found the following review helpful.
5Get it now dear yogi!
By Greatdeals
I love this book! Michael Stone helps you understand basic yoga philosophy and makes you think about your evolution as a yogi. I can read the chapters over and over to find ideas I didn't see before. Deep and pleasant reading!

0 of 0 people found the following review helpful.
5Recommended for practitioners
By Amazon Customer
An excellent beginner/intermediate guide to yoga philosophy, based in real practice and a love for the tradition. Michael Stone is easy to understand in sometimes 'heady' concepts, and he keeps a fresh perspective that it's all about practice and knowing yourself. I am a yoga teacher and I recommend this book to my students.

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