Yoga? Why Do It?

In my humble opinion, here in the West, the trends these days are perhaps leading us farther away from Yoga. From what I've learned, athleticism is not the goal of Yoga. Flexibility and “bendiness,” does not equate to Yoga. Showing off spectacular poses on Instagram is not the reason to aspire to Yoga. These are simply "bonuses" that come from a commitment to practice and the determination to discover, understand, and accept whatever may be limiting us on our mats (and in life).

If whatever it is you’re doing isn’t leading you inwards, I would argue that perhaps its not Yoga. Maybe it's time to look at why you’re doing it in the first place. If it is simply for exercise or the physical benefits, that's perfectly okay. Acknowledge that truth and look for the classes/teachers that fit your style. If you're looking for something deeper, if it is to truly be called Yoga; then it is leading you inwards, towards self. So find those classes/teachers that will provide you with the space of self-discovery you're looking for.

Whichever way you lean, honor your body and mind in their present state and go from there. I'll see you on the mat.

Peace, Love, Progress, and Power,


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