The Yoga of Strength is the story of a coward who sheds his self-centredness and fear to become a champion guided by his highest purpose. Weaving together motifs from mythology, high fantasy, visionary / spiritual fiction, and lessons from the philosophy of yoga, the book follows an initially unlikable noble-born squire named Andrew Cardiff on the eve of his induction into the Yellow Order, a brotherhood of knights that serves King Janus of Thrairn (a fictional realm with real-world spiritual symbols interspersed throughout). Caught in a purely physical view of reality, things start to change when magic begins to seep into his world.
While we in the West usually associate ‘yoga’ quite simply with a series of physical poses, it is much more than that. It is an ancient system of philosophy and practice from India with the goal of spiritual awakening, and it can be applied to anything we do in life. The word ‘yoga’ means to ‘yoke’ or to ‘unify’: mind, body, and spirit. The word ‘yoke’ is more appropriate in this case, calling up imagery of oxen being lashed to a cart, because Andrew’s journey is no peaceful contemplation of the nature of reality. It is about a man who steps into the fire, a dangerous crucible that calls upon all of the courage that he did not know was present in the depths of his heart.
It is the first book in a planned trilogy. This book's exploration of the sacred masculine is followed up by the second book, The Yoga of Pain, which focuses on characters Simon and Kathryn's journeys and delves into the divine feminine. The final book in the series, The Yoga of Connection, finds the trio whole and united against the darkness that seeks to destroy their homeland.
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