I keep asking myself lately, ‘Why does Yoga has such staying power’? It is in fact a 5,000 year old tradition. How is that even possible?
I think it comes down to Yoga being an 8 limbed path and only one of those being physical asana.
The 8 Limbs of Yoga:
Niyama – Observances – reverence for your home
- Purity: Sauce
- Contentment: Santosa
- Austerity: Tapas heat
- Study of the sacred text and one’s self: Svadhyaya
Yama – Restraints – clean your home
- Non-violence: Ahimsa
- Truth and Honesty: Satya
- Non-Stealing: Asteya
- Non-lust: Brahmacharya
- Non-possessiveness: Aparigraha
- Live with and awareness of the Divine: Isvara pranidhana
Asana – the physical postures we practice in a typical Yoga “class” (i.e. downward facing dog, cat, cow, tree, you get the idea)
Pranayama – breathing techniques
Dharana – Consciousness Arising – like pouring water
Dhyana – Consciousness Arising – like pouring honey
Samadhi – Oneness – Home is everywhere, everything, everyone
After 21 years of Yoga practice, I know I have merely scraped the surface of this spiritual practice. I hope you will find more to Yoga than the downward dog, however if this is the asana that brings you into Samadhi, who am I to judge? Here’s to finding depth your practice and the ancient teachings as they were meant to be passed on in story telling tradition. Five thousand years of history, that is quite impressive. I believe my mom’s thigh master of the 1980’s ended up at a garage sale circa 1990, food for thought. Peace, love, namaste peaceful warriors.