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Atheist Yoga | [Anton Drake]

Atheist Yoga

Atheist Yoga is a provocative and mind-bending book that makes the case for yoga's total compatibility with atheism, while simultaneously offering an in-depth explanation of advanced yoga technique. It takes a close look at the full spectrum of yoga methodology and explains how to really advance your practice to higher levels of expertise, delving deeply into hatha yoga, pranayama and meditation while thoroughly exploring esoteric subjects such as Kundalini, tantra, sexual yoga, kumbhaka, pratyahara and yogic trance in sensible and easy to understand practical terms. From a starting point of realism and scientific materialism, it begins to decode and illuminate the ancient secrets of yoga in a way that readers will find highly accessible and enjoyable on multiple levels.
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Publisher's Summary

Atheist Yoga is a provocative and mind-bending book that makes the case for yoga's total compatibility with atheism, while simultaneously offering an in-depth explanation of advanced yoga technique. It takes a close look at the full spectrum of yoga methodology and explains how to really advance your practice to higher levels of expertise, delving deeply into hatha yoga, pranayama and meditation while thoroughly exploring esoteric subjects such as Kundalini, tantra, sexual yoga, kumbhaka, pratyahara and yogic trance in sensible and easy to understand practical terms. From a starting point of realism and scientific materialism, it begins to decode and illuminate the ancient secrets of yoga in a way that readers will find highly accessible and enjoyable on multiple levels.

The book’s extensive analysis of advanced meditation technique, hatha yoga, yogic sex, Kundalini, the chakras, yoga trances, pranayama, mental focus, sensory withdrawal and asana is flavored with a rich tapestry of practical and experiential insights into the world of yoga, and is interspersed with five "interlude" chapters in which the author and an expert yogini engage in a far-ranging discussion about yoga, philosophy and unbelief—opening up additional conceptual pathways and further deepening the analysis while adding some color, interaction and real world substance.

Atheist Yoga is sure to be a thought-provoking and enjoyable read for those who are interested in the advanced practice of hatha yoga and meditation. It delves deeply into the art of meditation, thoroughly explaining key elements of Patanjali's Yoga Sutras while drawing from psychologists such as Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung in order to understand the process of yogic introspection and awakening in terms of the unconscious mind. The book examines the deep unconscious symbolism of Kundalini and the chakras and describes highly effective techniques for generating yogic trance and meditative ecstasy; it also features a very clear-eyed discussion of sexual yoga, and describes some genuine sexual yoga techniques that can be easily learned and effectively applied. Through it all, Atheist Yoga makes the case that yogic meditation is much easier and far more real when the fuzzy idea of a Supreme Being no longer separates the meditator from his or her own individual self.

©2013 Puragreen Productions LLC (P)2014 Puragreen Productions LLC

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    David R 07-20-14
    David R 07-20-14

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    "Interesting!"
    Would you listen to Atheist Yoga again? Why?

    Maybe, i am not really an athiest or into yoga but it was very interesting!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Atheist Yoga?

    when he explains athiest & yoga being campatible


    What does Jack Chekijian bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    A animated performance


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    it was a good performance


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Cristina Rosa 07-21-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Super interesting!"
    If you could sum up Atheist Yoga in three words, what would they be?

    Provocative yet true


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    I've never heard about the approach that the author took here - it was very refreshing and eye opening.


    Have you listened to any of Jack Chekijian’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, I didn't but I certainly will in the future.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    A whole new approach to Yoga!


    Any additional comments?

    I'd Highly Recommend it to any Yoga practitioner.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Pedroluis 07-21-14
    Pedroluis 07-21-14
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    "very informative"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I feel the information in this book came from reliable study's. Because of the seeming true behind it. I would recommend this book


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    The book was a little hard to keep up with, i feel didn't know a lot of the yoga styles they where talking about and it made it hard to really keep up with the mix matching of different styles.


    What does Jack Chekijian bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    i feel like the voice was slowed down, i did like that it was slowed but when i increased the speed to 1.25 it felt like he was talking to me more natural like.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    It took me two sittings to listen to the whole book. Its a lot of information to take all at once.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Terri Berg GAS CITY, IN, United States 07-08-15
    Terri Berg GAS CITY, IN, United States 07-08-15 Member Since 2015
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    "A fascinating and educational look into yoga..."

    I received this audio book as a gift in exchange for a honest and unbiased review. This
    book is quite educational. I always thought yoga was a form of exercise. I is also about
    religion, health, sex, and can replace medication. Yoga helps you sleep too. Along with
    yoga is meditation. meditation relives stress and benefits us in so many ways. This book
    explores the close compatibility between atheist and yoga. This book has opened my eyes
    and taught me so much. I think I need to listen to it a few more times to absorb
    everything it has to say. I found the parts about making orgasms better and longer most
    fascinating too!

    The author, Anton Drake did a great job on his research for this book. The lengths one
    has to go to, to actually explore and experience all of this so he can write a book is
    just awesome! The author wrote this in such a way, that I found it to be very interesting,
    which really surprised me! The narrator, Jack Chekijian did a great job once again with
    his clear and flawless voice and pronunciation of words I can't even repeat after
    hearing. Kudos to both of you for a job well done!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jan United States 06-21-15
    Jan United States 06-21-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Yoga with a side order of atheist proselytizing"

    If you bought this book to learn more about yoga, be prepared for frequent interruptions by the atheist missionary. Quite annoying to be pestered by so much proselytizing in a text which does, indeed, provide much useful information regarding various practices of yoga and meditation. While I usually prefer audio books (and this narrator excels in interpreting nonfiction), this is one book best seen, so as to do the mental editing of that which is boring to the reader with greater ease.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jan Wuzeler 07-21-14
    Jan Wuzeler 07-21-14
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    "Interesting Read on Yoga and Atheism"
    What made the experience of listening to Atheist Yoga the most enjoyable?

    I have always relate yoga to health, balance and relaxation exercises and never much to religions or spiritual developments. Yet is is great to hear how the author explains n eye opener audio book for me as the author attempts to explain yoga's total compatibility with atheist living.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    The in-depth explanation of advanced yoga techniques is very compelling although I still prefer to have visual materials to correlate to. But as an audio book, I can always listen to it while on the audio and strengthen the concepts.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There are 2 chapters on sex and yoga which are interesting. Certainly strengthen my belief that yoga is good :).


    If you could give Atheist Yoga a new subtitle, what would it be?

    Let continue to do yoga.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish the narrator has more infection and emotions in his narration.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    erobbins33 08-18-15
    erobbins33 08-18-15 Member Since 2015
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    Would you listen to Atheist Yoga again? Why?

    Yes, I feel that it's a valuable reference.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    He switches between his conversational voicing of the characters in the interactive parts of the story, to the lectural news-caster-y voice he uses for the factual parts, quite easily.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scene where the woman first shows up. It was almost funny, and definitely strange.


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    The Atheist non-theology, and Freudian quotes. Some interesting information supporting materialism.


    Any additional comments?

    This was an interesting philosophical work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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