By Dana Layon
What Does Yoga Mean?
Ok, I know that yoga means union; Om is the sound of Oneness; when we practice we release judgment and expectation; and all yoga styles are born on the same principle of uniting with the Divinity within. Am I missing anything?
Why then am I seeing so much division between styles and lineages? Why can’t Bikram Yoga and Anusara Yoga be housed under the same roof? And why can’t we do Vinyasa and Iyengar in the same facility? I would love to do Bikram two days, Vinyasa two days, Iyengar one day, Kundalini another and Anusara another. Wow, what a dynamic week that would be!
Practice Without Borders
Am I missing something? Are there places in the United States that do this? That offer various styles under one roof?
I started with Iyengar; teach Vinyasa and have been practicing Anusara. I tried Kundalini…what an amazing class that was!
I recently began taking Bikram Yoga classes, aka Hot Yoga. I love it! I love what it does for my mind, my body and my spirit. I have never felt such dedication and commitment to any practice or fitness regime in my life! But I love and miss the creativity that Vinyasa brings me. Can’t I do both?
I thought yoga was about peace and harmony and unity. Why should we have to pick one over the other?
It’s disinheriting to witness some yoga practitioners defending their yoga practices as if it were a religion. No wonder some people won’t try yoga. They think it goes against their religion. Yoga is not a religion.
Spirit of Yoga
From what I am learning, all yoga styles have the same underlying principle- to create Oneness with the Divinity within. They each have various ways of getting there.
So for you yogis out there, please enlighten me on this subject. I truly would like to know if I am the only one out there missing some important message in the art and science of yoga.
And for all you people out there who have not practiced yoga yet…It’s not a religion. If you have tried it and didn’t like the style you tried, try a different one! You will love yoga… It is seriously the best thing for the body, mind and spirit!
Dana is a popular blog writer on the subject of yoga and has recently published a seven book series, "Off the Mat: Confessions of a Yogini." She is teaching a weekend workshop at Yoga Village January 14 and 15. For more information, click here.