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    Will Johnson(Author)

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Presents three simple yogic principles from Tilopa's Song of Mahamudra

- Explains how balance is the key to achieving higher consciousness

- Includes somatic koans

Mahamudra, literally "the great gesture," is often looked upon as the highest manifestation of consciousness known within the Tibetan Vajrayana tradition. In Yoga of the Mahamudra, Will Johnson explains how it is possible to bring forth the condition of mahamudra naturally by utilizing the mystical yoga of balance to create what he calls the embodied cross.

He presents three simple yogic principles from Tilopa's Song of Mahamudra. The first principle, "do nothing with the body but relax," forms the vertical axis of the embodied cross. It is an internal process that focuses on the upright structure of the body, which opens up our relationship to the divine source. The second principle, "Let the mind cling to nothing," allows the horizontal flow of energy to our mind. This horizontal axis represents our relationship to the world: what we see and hear, and what our mind does with the objects we perceive. The establishment of these vertical and horizontal flows of energy allows us to embody the third principle, "to become like a hollow bamboo." In this way the body and mind become extraordinarily fluid, surrendering to the currents of the life forces that constantly flow through them like air through a flute. The author concludes with a number of somatic koans, exercises that allow the direct experience of balance and lead to the creation of the embodied cross.

" 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."" 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."" 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."" 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.""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."?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.?& quot; 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.& quot;& quot; 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.& quot;?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.?"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.""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.""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."""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.""For those who choose to stand up and explore through their own experience of embodiment, Johnson promises a whole other level of adventure.""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."

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  • PDF | 224 pages
  • Will Johnson(Author)
  • Inner Traditions Bear and Company (23 Jun. 2005)
  • English
  • 2
  • Religion & Spirituality

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  • By H. J. Posthumus on 30 April 2009

    This man really knows what he is talking about. Every sentence is a gem in itself, so clear, so precise. If you are are a seeker on the path, you will not often find a guide who knows the territory as does this author. Highly recommended, if only for the beauty of the language.

  • By M. J. Robinson on 14 July 2011

    Excellent book on yoga philosophy and the idea of the body as the embodied cross when it is in its upright position. By learning to relax in the standing posture and allowing the body to find its own balance against gravity in this vertical position the practitioner can tune into the energies of God. The author suggests that if we can but align ourselves on the vertical axis, relax and surrender we can move towards a condition of balance and peace. We need to tune into every sensation in the body and learn to feel the impulses through the body as signs of vitality and God's knocking on our door. If we can move our awareness through the body regularly noticing what is going on without judging we will attune ourselves to the dance of life by becoming like 'a hollow bamboo'.There are a series of exercises in the book that put the practitioner in touch with his or her inner vitality. For example standing tall and allowing the body to move in any way it wishes in order to express its vitality. The author asks us: 'How much can you surrender to this divine impulse to move? How much can you allow God to dance your body?' Recommended for those yoga practitioners who want to enhance the spiritual side of posture work.


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