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What is Modern Yoga?

by NinaTaro Fields by Heidi Santschi of Heidi Santschi Garden DesignLately I’ve been writing a lot about the original signify of yoga( hear Spiritual Ignorance and Finding Your Own Yoga ), but as we are all aware yoga has been evolving in many ways since it was defined in ancient verse, such as the Bhagavad Gita and the Yoga Sutras. So what’s an easy way to explain to someone who thinks that yoga is an exercise or elongating plan that it really is something a whole lot more than that? This came up for me yesterday when I invested duration with some cousins from out of city who were dying to talk with me about yoga. They were really excited about the yoga classes they had been taking, but as we spoke I began to see that so far to them yoga was just one of various gym classes they’d been taking.( I had a suspicion that maybe it impelled them feel “good” in a way that twisting or Pilates didn’t, but that’s not something they said to me .) At the end of our time together, I did say a few things to let them are also aware that yoga really wasn’t about employing. I said that yoga was a spiritual practise and that it is able to rule it by meditating and never doing any of the poses. And to defy their think, I mentioned that Gandhi was the greatest yogi of the 20 th century. But after I left them, I felt unsatisfied. I wished I had had some handy excerpt about what yoga was that I could have left them with. But I couldn’t must be considered what it should be. My customary favorite repeats, such as “yoga is equanimity” from the Bhagavad Gita, wouldn’t genuinely reflect what modern yoga has become.Then I started to wonder: how and when did I myself learn that yoga was something other than an exercise arrangement? When I started rehearsing yoga in around 1981, I definitely thought it was an exercise class. In happening, some of us got together about unionizing an in-house effort class and labor, and one of the guys said his wife, Rylin, could teach it, and so we decided to give her a seek. He didn’t even mention the word “yoga.” But when Rylin came and taught us our first class, I not only loved it immediately but she let us know that first day that what we were doing was “yoga.” After that, what else did she tell us about yoga? To be honest, I cannot really remember. What I did remember this morning was that I bought my first yoga bible a couple of years after that because I wanted to practice yoga at home. And the book I bought–quite possibly at Rylin’s suggestion–was Light on Yoga by BKS Iyengar. Surely reading that diary, even if there was much I didn’t understand at the time, would have helped open my sees to something about what the real symbolize of yoga was! So I judged this morning to look at the beginning of Light on Yoga and to continue efforts to see myself back them reading about yoga for the first time. Even before opening the book, I noticed that it was an English edition, with the toll in pounds, so I concluded that I bought it in 1984, the year the information was published, when I was living in Cambridge. And is not merely was the book old-fashioned and well worn, as I have referred to it on and off since 1984, but the front cover fell off at some point.Then I opened the book to the first sheet of the foreword and straight off I envisioned that the second paragraph was this short explanation of yoga: “Yoga is a timeless pragmatic science advanced over thousands of years dealing with the physical, moral, brain and spiritual well-being of boy as a whole.” — BKS Iyengar Wow, I reflected , not only do I see how this bible is what introduced me to a deeper understood it what yoga was( though I still had a lot to learn after reading it–and in fact I’m still learning even now ), but this was the unusually repeat that I cared I had been able to share yesterday with my cousins! What I liked so much about this clarity of yoga is the fact that it describes what my actual “modern” experience of yoga is as opposed to the kind of yoga that was practised in ancient times. And how wonderful I detected it by going back in time in my own yoga autobiography to understand what it is like to be someone who started out by thinking that yoga was just an exercise system but who is very curious about the practice and wants to know more.Subscribe to Yoga for Healthy Aging by Email deg Follow Yoga for Healthy Aging on Facebook and Twitter deg To prescribe Yoga for Healthy Aging: A Guide to Lifelong Well-Being, go to Amazon, Shambhala, Indie Bound or your regional bookstore.For informed about Nina’s upcoming bible ratifies and other activities, discover Nina’s Workshops, Book Signings, and Books .

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