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Atheist Yoga ❮Read❯ ➵ Atheist Yoga Author Anton Drake – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk Atheist Yoga makes the case for yoga's total compatibility with atheism while simultaneously offering an in depth explanation of advanced yoga techniues It takes a close look at the full spectrum of y Atheist Yoga makes the case for yoga's total compatibility with atheism while simultaneously offering an in depth explanation of advanced yoga techniues 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 while delving into the deep unconscious symbolism of Kundalini and the chakras and describing many highly effective and little known left hand path techniues of meditation yogic trance sensory withdrawal concentration and yogic sex Through it all.


4 thoughts on “Atheist Yoga

  1. Dennis Littrell Dennis Littrell says:

    Freud Jung Schopenhauer andyogaIn the second chapter “Atheism and Yoga” Drake makes the point that “yoga is a living art which has been constantly evolving for many thousands of years” He adds that yoga “is capable of evolving further as it progresses into the future” He concludes that these ualities make “yoga thoroughly compatible with atheism and materialism” He means philosophical materialism not economicI would not disagree with this; however Drake’s further conclusion “that atheism can be a real advantage in the practice of yoga since atheism frees one from the burden and internal dissonance of religious belief” is only agreeable if you emphasize the “can be” What I do disagree with is that an atheistic approach to meditation in yoga is better than the time honored mysticalreligious approach which Drake does not likeWhat I think he is missing is that while atheism works for him and others there are a great many people who do not experience “internal dissonance” because of their religious beliefs On the contrary hatha yoga practice and any number of religious beliefs are entirely compatible as countless millions of people have demonstrated I would go further than this however and point out that the ancient guru system that has always been a part of yogic practice especially in earlier times gave the aspirant an advantage that atheists and non mystical seekers may not have That advantage is in their deep and sincere belief in the mystical ualities of yoga How does this help? Well it won’t help Drake and it doesn’t help me but for the true believer it confers the placebo effect Yogic gurus know this and that is why the literature in yoga is full of the sort of mystical mumble jumbo that Drake rails againstConsider that if you believe you are going to heaven when you die; if you believe this with all your heart and soul then if death is imminent it is likely that you will not experience as great a degree of despair as a nonbeliever Of course for many of us it is impossible to believe in Santa Claus or the Good Fairy or such silliness as heavens and hellsA bit further on Drake asserts that “meditation reuires above all that one see oneself clearly and honestly” From my nearly forty years of experience with yoga and meditation I can assure the reader that meditation reuires nothing of the sort If it did there would be few people who meditate Meditation actually has nothing to do with objectivity or religious beliefs Meditation is a state of mind that comes upon us when we are relaxed and free of fret worry or distractions The practice of yoga can facilitate this process; in fact that is what yoga is all about I should add that there are states of mind plural that can be experienced in meditation Patanjali referred to three of them I have experienced three myself You can find the details and a lot in my book “Yoga Sacred and Profane Beyond Hatha Yoga” Sorry for the plug but I can’t begin to address the subject in a reviewI want to emphasize at this point that the primary reason for all hatha yoga practices is to facilitate meditation Hatha yoga prepares and makes fit the body for meditation by helping to make and keep the body healthy It’s very difficult to meditate when one is not well Conseuently we can say that meditation is the ultimate purpose of hatha yoga However there are proximate purposes as well Drake recognizes this with asana but seems to miss the point that a proximate reason to do pranayama is to cleanse the lungs and the upper respiratory tract For some people phlegm and mucus are not much of a problem; for others who may live in polluted or dusty environments pranayama is a god sendThere are two chapters on sex and yoga The first one “Sexuality and Yoga” deals with sexism in yoga whether chastity is necessary for success in yoga and most pointedly whether yoga can help make your sex life better In regard to sexism Drake recalls some “seasoned male yogis describing sexually willing and available female yoginis as malicious ‘semen vampires’” And no chastity is not necessary and yes yoga can improve your sex lifeThe other chapter “Yogic Sex” can perhaps be summed up in this uote from location 1855 “In the simplest sense yogic sex is just whatever happens when people with yoga bodies and yoga minds have sex either with each other or with normal people” Drake does present some “techniues of yogic sex” such as meditating while having sex or breathing synchronistically which I found uninspiringPutting all this aside Drake’s book is very much worth reading He has a fine understanding of asana and pranayama although I don’t agree with his idea that “it’s perfectly acceptable to watch TV or listen to music while practicing” deep breathing exercises His detailed discussion of kundalini from a symbolic point of view greatly demystifies the subject—and kundalini is a subject in dire need of demystificationFinally I want to say that the unnamed woman that Drake talks to during the chapters entitled “Midnight Los Angeles” “Hollywood” “El Segundo” “Las Vegas” and “Beverly Hills” is very interesting She and Drake have philosophical conversations about various subjects I wonder if she is the same woman who demonstrates the asanasAll in all this is an unusual but interesting approach to yoga that I think many readers will enjoy—Dennis Littrell author of “Yoga Sacred and Profane Beyond Hatha Yoga”


  2. mad mags mad mags says:

    Atheism YogaFull disclosure I received a free copy of this book for review at the author’s invitationI’ve suffered from back problems most of my life When I was younger the likely suspect was an old cheap mattress situated on the top of a bunk bed; in my young adulthood nights spent sleeping at the bottom of a dog pile sometimes five deep did the trick And I won’t even get into my poor postureI started practicing yoga a little than a decade ago in order to help relieve back pain Not only did it work out the kinks relieve stress and tension and increase my flexibility but yoga also helped me achieve a greater inner awareness of different muscle groups and how to alternately flex and relax them sometimes simultaneously This in turn aided me in other athletic endeavors such as kickboxing and abdominal exercises I’m also a life long atheist In Atheist Yoga atheist yogi Anton Drake makes a compelling argument for the compatibility of yoga and meditation with atheism and materialism Yoga’s “fundamental emphasis on introspection and self mastery” is actually suited to atheism than religious belief Drake posits because atheists are open to disbelief aren’t censored by internal thought filters and thus have an easier time both “losing” themselves and turning their focus inward on the unconscious self Atheists are better able to open their minds because they aren’t afraid of offending a supreme being or violating an external belief system Drake follows this thesis with a general discussion of the principles and techniues of Hatha yoga with an emphasis on breathing and meditation The chapter on asanas – yogic poses – is intentionally macro; don’t mistake Atheist Yoga for a 101 how to book Using the Mountain Pose Tadasana as an example Drake describes the push and pull tension between different muscle groups that’s a universal characteristic of asanas Also included are two chapters on sex and yoga Interspersed with these practical sections are Drake’s fictional? exchanges with an unnamed woman as they meet along the West Coast These interludes read like the conversations you might remember having had when you were stoned out of your gourd – a little weird to say the least The book’s trippy cover encapsulates these vignettes most perfectly I’d recommend this volume to atheists who already practice yoga and would like to learn about how its history and practice suares with a lack of belief in a higher power Likewise yoga teachers with an atheist or secular clientele might also find it a useful resource If however you’re an atheist who’s never tried yoga but is intrigued Atheist Yoga might prove a little intimidating Instead of reading about yoga give it a try borrow a DVD or two from Netflix or hit up YouTube for some free workouts Start with a session designed for beginners and work your way up from there Watch the entire video once or twice before trying it yourself If you don’t have a partner to help you perfect your poses practice in front of a mirror or other reflective surface I use a framed Flying Spaghetti Monster poster with Plexiglas propped up on the floor True story


  3. Terri Terri says:

    I received this audio book as a gift in exchange for a honest and unbiased review This book is uite 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 times to absorb everything it has to say I found the parts about making orgasms better and longer most fascinating tooThe 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


  4. Jan Jan says:

    If you bought this book to learn about yoga be prepared for freuent interruptions by the atheist missionary uite 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


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4 thoughts on “Atheist Yoga

  1. Dennis Littrell Dennis Littrell says:

    Freud Jung Schopenhauer andyogaIn the second chapter “Atheism and Yoga” Drake makes the point that “yoga is a living art which has been constantly evolving for many thousands of years” He adds that yoga “is capable of evolving further as it progresses into the future” He concludes that these ualities make “yoga thoroughly compatible with atheism and materialism” He means philosophical materialism not economicI would not disagree with this; however Drake’s further conclusion “that atheism can be a real advantage in the practice of yoga since atheism frees one from the burden and internal dissonance of religious belief” is only agreeable if you emphasize the “can be” What I do disagree with is that an atheistic approach to meditation in yoga is better than the time honored mysticalreligious approach which Drake does not likeWhat I think he is missing is that while atheism works for him and others there are a great many people who do not experience “internal dissonance” because of their religious beliefs On the contrary hatha yoga practice and any number of religious beliefs are entirely compatible as countless millions of people have demonstrated I would go further than this however and point out that the ancient guru system that has always been a part of yogic practice especially in earlier times gave the aspirant an advantage that atheists and non mystical seekers may not have That advantage is in their deep and sincere belief in the mystical ualities of yoga How does this help? Well it won’t help Drake and it doesn’t help me but for the true believer it confers the placebo effect Yogic gurus know this and that is why the literature in yoga is full of the sort of mystical mumble jumbo that Drake rails againstConsider that if you believe you are going to heaven when you die; if you believe this with all your heart and soul then if death is imminent it is likely that you will not experience as great a degree of despair as a nonbeliever Of course for many of us it is impossible to believe in Santa Claus or the Good Fairy or such silliness as heavens and hellsA bit further on Drake asserts that “meditation reuires above all that one see oneself clearly and honestly” From my nearly forty years of experience with yoga and meditation I can assure the reader that meditation reuires nothing of the sort If it did there would be few people who meditate Meditation actually has nothing to do with objectivity or religious beliefs Meditation is a state of mind that comes upon us when we are relaxed and free of fret worry or distractions The practice of yoga can facilitate this process; in fact that is what yoga is all about I should add that there are states of mind plural that can be experienced in meditation Patanjali referred to three of them I have experienced three myself You can find the details and a lot in my book “Yoga Sacred and Profane Beyond Hatha Yoga” Sorry for the plug but I can’t begin to address the subject in a reviewI want to emphasize at this point that the primary reason for all hatha yoga practices is to facilitate meditation Hatha yoga prepares and makes fit the body for meditation by helping to make and keep the body healthy It’s very difficult to meditate when one is not well Conseuently we can say that meditation is the ultimate purpose of hatha yoga However there are proximate purposes as well Drake recognizes this with asana but seems to miss the point that a proximate reason to do pranayama is to cleanse the lungs and the upper respiratory tract For some people phlegm and mucus are not much of a problem; for others who may live in polluted or dusty environments pranayama is a god sendThere are two chapters on sex and yoga The first one “Sexuality and Yoga” deals with sexism in yoga whether chastity is necessary for success in yoga and most pointedly whether yoga can help make your sex life better In regard to sexism Drake recalls some “seasoned male yogis describing sexually willing and available female yoginis as malicious ‘semen vampires’” And no chastity is not necessary and yes yoga can improve your sex lifeThe other chapter “Yogic Sex” can perhaps be summed up in this uote from location 1855 “In the simplest sense yogic sex is just whatever happens when people with yoga bodies and yoga minds have sex either with each other or with normal people” Drake does present some “techniues of yogic sex” such as meditating while having sex or breathing synchronistically which I found uninspiringPutting all this aside Drake’s book is very much worth reading He has a fine understanding of asana and pranayama although I don’t agree with his idea that “it’s perfectly acceptable to watch TV or listen to music while practicing” deep breathing exercises His detailed discussion of kundalini from a symbolic point of view greatly demystifies the subject—and kundalini is a subject in dire need of demystificationFinally I want to say that the unnamed woman that Drake talks to during the chapters entitled “Midnight Los Angeles” “Hollywood” “El Segundo” “Las Vegas” and “Beverly Hills” is very interesting She and Drake have philosophical conversations about various subjects I wonder if she is the same woman who demonstrates the asanasAll in all this is an unusual but interesting approach to yoga that I think many readers will enjoy—Dennis Littrell author of “Yoga Sacred and Profane Beyond Hatha Yoga”

  2. mad mags mad mags says:

    Atheism YogaFull disclosure I received a free copy of this book for review at the author’s invitationI’ve suffered from back problems most of my life When I was younger the likely suspect was an old cheap mattress situated on the top of a bunk bed; in my young adulthood nights spent sleeping at the bottom of a dog pile sometimes five deep did the trick And I won’t even get into my poor postureI started practicing yoga a little than a decade ago in order to help relieve back pain Not only did it work out the kinks relieve stress and tension and increase my flexibility but yoga also helped me achieve a greater inner awareness of different muscle groups and how to alternately flex and relax them sometimes simultaneously This in turn aided me in other athletic endeavors such as kickboxing and abdominal exercises I’m also a life long atheist In Atheist Yoga atheist yogi Anton Drake makes a compelling argument for the compatibility of yoga and meditation with atheism and materialism Yoga’s “fundamental emphasis on introspection and self mastery” is actually suited to atheism than religious belief Drake posits because atheists are open to disbelief aren’t censored by internal thought filters and thus have an easier time both “losing” themselves and turning their focus inward on the unconscious self Atheists are better able to open their minds because they aren’t afraid of offending a supreme being or violating an external belief system Drake follows this thesis with a general discussion of the principles and techniues of Hatha yoga with an emphasis on breathing and meditation The chapter on asanas – yogic poses – is intentionally macro; don’t mistake Atheist Yoga for a 101 how to book Using the Mountain Pose Tadasana as an example Drake describes the push and pull tension between different muscle groups that’s a universal characteristic of asanas Also included are two chapters on sex and yoga Interspersed with these practical sections are Drake’s fictional? exchanges with an unnamed woman as they meet along the West Coast These interludes read like the conversations you might remember having had when you were stoned out of your gourd – a little weird to say the least The book’s trippy cover encapsulates these vignettes most perfectly I’d recommend this volume to atheists who already practice yoga and would like to learn about how its history and practice suares with a lack of belief in a higher power Likewise yoga teachers with an atheist or secular clientele might also find it a useful resource If however you’re an atheist who’s never tried yoga but is intrigued Atheist Yoga might prove a little intimidating Instead of reading about yoga give it a try borrow a DVD or two from Netflix or hit up YouTube for some free workouts Start with a session designed for beginners and work your way up from there Watch the entire video once or twice before trying it yourself If you don’t have a partner to help you perfect your poses practice in front of a mirror or other reflective surface I use a framed Flying Spaghetti Monster poster with Plexiglas propped up on the floor True story

  3. Terri Terri says:

    I received this audio book as a gift in exchange for a honest and unbiased review This book is uite 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 times to absorb everything it has to say I found the parts about making orgasms better and longer most fascinating tooThe 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

  4. Jan Jan says:

    If you bought this book to learn about yoga be prepared for freuent interruptions by the atheist missionary uite 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

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