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For most people, yoga is a type of physical exercise that takes place in a studio or gym. It’s advertised as being good for the body and helps you become more flexible and fit.

I hope readers of this blog now realize that there is so much more to yoga. Modern yoga has dropped much of the older yogic practices, such as working with the breath (Pranayama), locks (Bandhas) and cleansing practices (Kriyas) which were key to yoga as a path to awakening.

Rather than lamenting how things are not like the old days … I will share some timely wisdom from Judith Lasater:

“To practice yoga in its deepest sense is to commit to developing awareness by observing our lives: our thoughts, our words, and our actions. There are many yoga techniques that can support us along the way, such as yoga poses, breathing practices, and meditation. But these are not ends in themselves, but means to the Self.

The real beginning of spiritual practice is evident when we accept responsibility for ourselves, that is, that we acknowledge that ultimately there are no answers outside of ourselves, and no gurus, no teachers, and no philosophies that can solve the problems of our lives. They can only suggest guide, and inspire.

It is our dedication to living with open hearts and our commitment to the day to day details of our lives that will transform us. When we are open to the present moment we shine forth. At these times we are not on a spiritual path: we are the spiritual path.”

~ Judith Lasater, from “Living Your Yoga” Finding the Spiritual in Everyday Life

I feel honored to be a guide on this journey to awaken our true Self.

Namaste

33 comments on “Real Yoga

  1. I’m sending this to a few yoga fans.

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  2. When that inner place is seen, its understanding is a love unconditional. And life the guidepost to it ❀️ πŸ™πŸΌ
    Great post dear lady πŸ˜€ ❀️ πŸ™πŸΌ πŸ¦‹

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  3. is western culture responsible for the move away from the old Yoga? I have not heard of Bandhas…

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    • Yoga was sanitized here in the west, but it started before that in India itself. As part of the independence movement in India, politicians wanted to create something for the next generation and the new India. They turned to yoga and introduced kinesthetics from the British army physical training. This kind of yoga was introduced to boys in schools across the country. These are the adults that brought yoga to the rest of the world.

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  4. A wondeful reminder Val.

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  5. Enlightening – as always- thank you Derrick πŸ’›

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  6. Wise words, Val. While I’m familiar with Pranayama, I’ve not heard of Bandhas and Kriyas. Always more to learn! ❀

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  7. A lovely post, Val. It’s a way of life. ❀

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  8. Interesting post on Yoga Val I am not aware of a modern yoga variation. A quote by the Late BKS Iyengar highlights the fruits of yogic practices quite succinctly ~ “Your body exists in the past and your mind exists in the future. In yoga, they come together in the present’!
    Yoga is yoga πŸ§˜β€β™‚οΈ
    Namaste

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  9. I love the day to day commitment details of our lives Val. It is true, that is where the real transformation happens. After all, what else is there other than the now?

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  10. Reminds me of this quote regarding our “inner moon” . . .

    β€œI am a finger pointing at the moon. Don’t look at me; look at the moon.” ~ The Buddha

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    • Yes❣️ Thank you Nancy for embracing what we truly want, and not getting attached to the steps and how we do it. When we are ready we will awaken.

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  11. Well Said!..Its true that much of Yoga is ignored in favor of gymnastics nowadays

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  12. I feel the same ,so blessed to have found the teachers who shares the same perspective. My first yoga instructor shared so many stories and brought this on the mat ,being the student of Judith Lancaster.

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  13. Absolutely agree! βœ” yoga is not just a physical practice, it’s much more.

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  14. “ultimately there are no answers outside of ourselves”! …….that’s so true!

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  15. I just discovered yoga recently and it’s really changed my life. I used to hate it but once I got used to it as a practice and a lifestyle instead of just an exercise it changed everything.

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  17. We ARE the spiritual path. Namaste.

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