Prashant Iyengar is always reminding us, urging us to understand that what we do in the west isn’t really yoga, it’s what he calls yogaaaaaa not yog.
The popularization of yoga has brought millions of people to the practice of asana. And because of that, lives have been improved for the better. Sure can’t argue with that. But there has been something lost in order to spread the benefits.
Yoga is a spiritual practice. Yoga teaches us awareness. The original gurus who brought yoga to the west taught us what they felt we could understand and knew that the deeper meanings would rise to the surface.
As westerners we are obsessed with working out, being fit, losing weight, achieving goals, mastering things quickly and so on. Some of those, external goals serve us well and we do feel better. Honestly, I started yoga for a pain I had in my shoulder and added it to…
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