Books by Elissa Cobb

The Forgotten Body: A Way of Knowing and Understanding Self

The Forgotten Body: A Way of Knowing and Understanding Self offers theforgottenbodys reminder that the best guidance and inspiration come from inside one’s own unique body – that all we really need to know is “inside.” Elissa Cobb, Program Director of Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy, explores and documents her particular perspective of embodiment, clarifying the relationship between body and transformation, and emphasizing the importance of body in integrating physical, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual energies. The book incorporates theory, her own experiential learning, and practical exercises that will be useful to anyone involved in a search for authenticity and lasting personal transformation. Anyone can learn to turn to his or her own body as a highly intelligent and reliable source of the self-knowledge needed to bring about profound change.

As Yoga becomes a more widespread part of western culture, its face continues to change and evolve even as its practitioners make new discoveries about themselves. Cobb shares the wisdom and insight that she has garnered from her own lengthy journey of self-actualization. This book deals with the body as an overlooked repository for the most profound scrolls of personal wisdom that one is likely to discover.

With her own personal truths used as examples of the body’s powers of wisdom, Elissa Cobb urges the reader to take them just as they are; her own truth, not the truth. The text follows a ground up approach beginning with the use of one’s body as a foundation for self-discovery and proceeds skyward, leading the reader along a path that many will find parallel to their own life journeys. The Forgotten Body is not a rule book or a rigid doctrine. It is simply a guide to the rediscovery of the simple and profound truths of one’s own body. As the great yogi Saraha said in the late eighth century, “The most profound pilgrimage I can ever make is within my own body.” The Forgotten Body was written for those who are searching for personal authenticity (proof of life), those who want to begin or develop a transformative practice, and those who have a body. It is intended for anyone who is intrigued by the possibility of looking inside rather than outside for the answers to life’s questions. In a culture where many have become accustomed to looking outside of themselves for guidance, this book offers the reader an opportunity to turn inside for the answers to questions about life and self.

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