The Yoga Matrix: The Body as a Gateway to Freedom

Version: Unabridged
Author: Richard Freeman
Narrator: Richard Freeman
Genres: Health & Fitness, Philosophy, Hinduism
Publisher: Sounds True
Published In: November 2003
# of Units: 6 CDs
Length: 7 hours, 30 minutes
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Yoga, as it is traditionally taught in India, encompasses an entire way of life and philosophy, far beyond the postures and stretches we normally associate with it in this country. On The Yoga Matrix, renowned teacher Richard Freeman immerses us in the rich texts and sutras that inform all schools of yoga, revealing a 5,000-year-old view of ultimate reality with tremendous implications for anyone serious about their personal and spiritual growth. Carefully distilled from dozens of hours of teaching sessions, The Yoga Matrix brings to all students the traditional chants, moral precepts, and cosmic philosophy that unite the many "limbs" of this ancient science of life.

Reviews (5)

You'll understand yoga as never before

Written by Judy Stokes on February 24th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I wasn't sure what I would learn when I checked out this book, but found it was marvelous. It gives a broad overview of yoga, which really shows how narrow our health club vesions of yoga really are. It illuminates yoga as a spiritiual path, rather than an exercise program. I felt it was as informative as taking a college-level course on Eastern spiritual practices. The reader had a great, soothing voice that really added to the experience. If you are interested in yoga, by all means rent this book. If you are thinking it's a "how to" for your exercise plan, you may be disappointed.

Yoga Matrix

Written by Joyce Florio on January 15th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 1/5

This was painful to listen to. The long pauses between EVERY word were far too irritating to allow me to absorb whatever message he was trying to convey. Save your sanity and skip this one.

Yoga Matrix

Written by Anonymous on May 23rd, 2006

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Highly informative and thorough. The author/reader has a somewhat soft and monotonous voice but relays the contents in a very professional manner.

Great Book poor narration

Written by Nicole from Sharon Springs, NY on December 29th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 2/5

The book was very interesting and a wonderful overview, however, the narrator's lack of pitch and intonation could have knocked anyone out. He was just too difficult to listen to. I am sure the other drivers on the road thanked me for listening in such short bursts.

The Yoga Matrix

Written by Arthur Stalbow on January 12th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This is a fantastic book if you are interested in philosophy, theory, and history. The author will not tell you how to do any asanas. Rather, you will learn the mental and spiritual side of yoga. An eye-opening book for those who thinks yoga is ‘just exercises’.

Author Details

Author Details

Freeman, Richard

"Richard Freeman is one of Britain's few professional cryptozoologists. His interest in unknown animals reaches back to his childhood and he has had a long and varied career working with exotic animals. After leaving school he worked as a zookeeper at Twycross zoo in the Midlands where he became head curator of reptiles. During this time he bred many rare and endangered species. After leaving the zoo in 1990 he worked in several specialist pet shops and an animal sanctuary. All in all he has worked with over 400 species of animal.

He has travelled extensively in East Africa, Europe and the US studying the native fauna. In 1996 he took a degree in zoology at Leeds university and after graduation moved to Exeter to work full time at the Centre for Fortean Zoology, the UK`s only cryptozoological organisation. In October 2000 he visited the remote jungles, rivers, and caves of Northern Thailand in search of the Naga, a giant crested serpent said to lurk in the primal morasses of Indo-China and explored deep caves never visited by westerners before. His interests include collecting Batman comics, Doctor Who and other British television science fiction, Forteana and gothic rock music. He is currently working on a book on dragon legends worldwide."