Is this thing that we're doing still yoga?

This discussion was recorded in London at the new Mission studio where Jason led Module I of his hybrid YTT a few weeks ago. Together, Jason and I explored the question -- Is this thing that we're all doing still actually yoga? Our power-hour or our 30-minute glo class or our rolling on foam rollers with some poses sprinkled in -- are those still yoga? Or has yoga in the West evolved into something else altogether?

A few tidbits that we discuss in the episode:

  • The fact that the word "yoga" has more than 350 definitions in Sanskrit, revealing its diverse nature.
  • The belief in a singular, authentic yoga tradition is challenged throughout history.
  • Swami Vivekananda's influence on bringing yoga to the United States and his perspective on Hatha Yoga.
  • Different yoga traditions, like Iyengar and Ashtanga, were once considered radical innovations.
  • The long-standing tension between "head up" and "head down" yogas: intellectual vs. physical practices.
  • The importance of focusing on one's practice and impact rather than judging others' practices.
  • The five common denominators of yoga traditions, including liberation teachings and philosophical infrastructure.
  • The significance of Abhyasa (effort) and Vairagya (letting go) in all yoga practices.
  • Yoga as a gradual process of replacing unconscious patterns with conscious beliefs aligned with self-realization.

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