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Yoga of the Mahamudra


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Table of Contents

Introduction: The Great Gesture

Part One
The Embodied Cross
The Two Taboos
The Vertical Axis
The Horizontal Bar
The Current of the Life Force

Part Two
Somatic Koans
Introduction: The Riddle of the Body
God in Every Cell
Movement Is Life
Breathing the Body
Who Am I?
The Great Gesture Revisited

Afterword: Ganja and the Ganges
Appendix: The Song of Mahamudra

About the Author

Will Johnson is the founder and director of the Institute for Embodiment Training, which combines Western somatic psychotherapy with Eastern meditation practices. He is the author of The Posture of Meditation; the award-winning Rumi: Gazing at the Beloved; and The Sailfish and the Sacred Mountain. He lives in British Columbia.


"In Yoga of the Mahamudra Will Johnson affirms that the primary method of transcendence used by authentic spiritual practices is direct experience of one's own living body--a mindful awareness of the body's energies as they change from moment to moment. Moreover, he has given us a timeless manual for wise and healthy living that is sorely needed in our difficult modern world." * Robert K. Hall, M.D., Vipassana meditation teacher, cofounder of the Lomi School and Counseling Clin *
"A fascinating look into the physical and mental universe of Mahamudra. Will Johnson gives the body-mind unit back to space and unveils the principles that liberate the cosmic dancer within." * Daniel Odier, author of Yoga Spandakarika and Desire: The Tantric Path to Awakening *
"Yoga of the Mahamudra: The Mystical Way of Balance reads like a sustained breath of clean, purifying mountain air. In this beautiful volume by Canadian writer Will Johnson, you will learn how the body can become like a bamboo flute and how relaxed, spontaneous movements of the body can express higher consciousness and usher in divine energies." * Eva Yaa Asantewaa, Book 'em, May 12, 2005 *
"Johnson's book consists of vivid meditations on the mahamudra state of awareness, which even more orthodox practitioners of Buddhism might find helpful. All too often, Buddhist practitioners in the West fall prey to mentalizing their meditation practice. Yoga of the Mahamudra is a timely reminder that if the process toward enlightenment does not include the body, we are shortchanging ourselves." * Georg Feuerstein, Ph.D., Traditional Yoga Studies Interactive, Nov. 4, 2005 *
"For those who choose to stand up and explore through their own experience of embodiment, Johnson promises a whole other level of adventure." * Anne F. Hoff, Structural Integration, June 2007 *

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