Yoga – it’s everywhere. Which can be seen as a good thing as it reaches and helps more and more people. However what distinguishes the authentic traditional Yoga
from today’s marketed Yoga Image?
Yoga in its original meaning refers to oneness
– to the interconnectedness of all live and to the aim of creating, or better reconnecting to. the oneness within oneself, balancing mind, body and soul.
In ancient times, the natural world, the animal world and Yoga where inherently
weaved into each other – the creators of Yoga, just like the creators of Qi Gong,
saw the animals in a certain way as teachers and sought to imitate their postures in order to get the same benefit out of it: the flexibility and softness of the cat f.ex., mirrored in cat-pose, in Sanskrit Cakravakasana. Or the stability, endurance and groundedness of the tree (tree-pose, Vrksasana).
Its major aim was to be able to make the body supple and still enough to sit in long hours of meditation. And to connect to the divine within and to the divine everywhere, in all its forms.
What do you perceive when you see the Yogaimages of nowadays Marketingrulers?
You mostly perceive perfect photoshop- shaped bodies, big smiles, and an apparently
quick fix to the endless pursuit of happiness. You perceive the postures, Asanas, as
the only or major part of Yoga (there,s much more to yoga) than that). And you might feel stressed at the idea of having to achieve the kind of out of world look or acrobatic posture-perfection that the eversmiling Yogagirl- or boy is
presenting, either on its Fakebook-page, its Blog, Website, or other onesided presentations of themselves.
And most of that my friends, is an illusionary image of the traditional authentic Yoga -at least in my perception. Yoga in its original meaning, the meaning that is deeply rooted into my heart and that I wish to transmit while sharing
what I’ ve learned in classes, is a journey.A process, livelong if you dare, an act of facing and meeting yourself in your depth, of feeling happy, yes, but also sad, frightened, mad, joyous, excited, bored…of being you with ALL your facets, and embracing that, embracing all-that-is in your inner world, saying YES to it.
Through embracing all of you, accepting all of you, you embark on your inner healing journey, and yoga can be such a wonderful tool to assist you in that.
Yoga is not about competition- its about CONNECTION..
Yoga is not about perfection- its about ACCEPTANCE
Its not about striving and achieving- its about ACCEPTANCE
Its not about focusing on others, their perfect postures or apparent always-happiness
– its about looking within, feeling within, healing from within.
Its not about thinking you are not flexible, pretty, thin, healthy, young…enough to do Yoga-
its about seeing THAT YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL AND PERFECT JUST THE WAY YOU ARE RIGHT NOW. And that Yoga is there to serve everyone…EVERYONE. Full stop.
I was blessed to find wonderful teachers who live this approach to Yoga, which for me constitutes the yogic truth…
In order to find an appropiate teacher, go with your gut feeling, choose someone accepting and who walks the talk. And don’t worry, Yoga teachers are not perfect, they are not always happy, they are human beings just like you and me;), no matter what wonders they do in classes or how great they look on those Yoga pictures.
We are all connected, perfect in our imperfections. And that, in my humble opinion, needs to shine trough in classes- Yoga from a teacher’s heart to yours, as authentic offering. Namaste and much love, always.
PS: If you would like more information on Yoga, or would like classes with me(one on one, small groups),please visit my Yogawebsite www.lakshmiyogabliss.com.