Yoga ….India’s GREATEST export cont:-

So ……what  IS Yoga?

As per ……..these are my own thoughts …corrections or comments most welcome ….

Blogging started off as just a kind of journal ….a frustration release ….I instead found myself reading …..thoughts, images, from around the world …..it has felt kind of like zooming around a ‘thought’ universe circling the globe ….the below is NOT my image, but pretty much looks like I imagine ‘bloggersphere’ would look if viewing from space:D:D:D

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So ..what IS Yoga? …..and what has this to do with the blog experience?:D:D:D

Well ……I guess the best place to start is a translation of the meaning of the word ….often things get lost in translation but ……Yoga ….a Sanskrit word ( Sanskrit being an ancient Indian language, scripted thousands of years ago …yep …even BEFORE the abrahamic religions) …the translation to English being ….’To Yoke’ or ‘Harness’

Hmmmmmm …….’Yoke’ or ‘Harness’ what exactly?

Well …..I believe that when the first translations were probably made they were making an analogy of how man ‘yoked’ the Ox to the plough …… a way of ‘harnessing’ nature if you will …..you know …..man …animal ….earth …..vegetation ….one linked to the other ….and all having an interdependent life force or ‘energy’…..which is in turn linked to an all encompassing energy   ( which some might refer to as God…or Allah ..or Zen or whatever …….just think of it as FAR greater than us …..a Universal energy if you will  …..it’s all connected ….a reciprocal carry on not unlike ‘Systems Theory’ in science)

Of course ….Peoples lives are framed by the period in history they are born and the socio/political climates they live in ……

My personal view is that …..many of the ancient tribal people around the world believed this …..this interrelation, ‘harnessing’ and RESPECT for nature ….and nature includes the ‘spiritual’ energy remember ……

I believe that all the worlds religions have ‘Yoga’ at their  core ……there are many …MANY writings guiding man how to live this way ….ideologies, frameworks, rules, customs and rituals how to get there ….but I’m afraid the most seem to have been corrupted along the way ……..Hmmmmm  us humans are humans see ….imperfect and sometimes corrupt able…..and that INCLUDES Yoga itself which seems to be at risk of being ‘marketed ‘ as the next excersise/healthy lifestyle fad …….remember gymns? …..aerobic classes? ……and fancy milkshakes to replace meals? …..and let’s not forget the outfit you need to wear to take part!!:D:D:D

I know this as I have been looking for a ‘Yoga’ teacher since my original teacher passed ….don’t get me wrong …there are some very good classes out there ….but there are others that are extortionately expensive ….and just today I have seen that a company in America is selling ‘Yoga Pants’ for $400 ….yes …FOUR HUNDRED DOLLARS!!!!

Hmmmmmm ……..sorry folks but Yoga is SO much more than that …..all you need to practice is enough space to lie down and stretch your arms out and an ability to breath:D:D:D

The ideas to try to keep in mind in day to day life are ‘to cause no harm’ and the principle of ‘reciprocality’ ……whether this be how you treat your body ….including what you put in it …….how you treat others including other species and the environment …..and perhaps CRUCIALLY today is how you conduct your ‘business’

The aim of Yoga is ‘balance’ in ALL things

Have a think about your life right now

Is it in balance?

Do you feel life is pretty good and all is hunky dory?

What about folk living in downtown ‘ghetto’ areas?

‘What about other countries around the world? …..what are the issues? ….why does there seem to be such a division between countries of wealth and those not so?

And what about the planet at large? …….what cost is our current lifestyle having in terms of  protecting habitats for species INCLUDING HUMAN to survive?

Are things ‘balanced’ do you think? …….where is the BIGGEST problem? …….hmmmmmm could it be the ‘Corporate’ climate? ….the large scale multi nationals …….what kind of world and lifestyle do we REALLY want for our children?

And a REALLY big question is ……how much is enough?…….quality v quantity …and shouldn’t everyone be able to have an equatable lifestyle?

I believe the 2008 banking crash was a tipping point ….MORE than a wake up call …this coupled with the changes in climate that can no longer be ignored …..and no …the answers do not lie in rushing off to outer space to leave this planet to wrack and ruin …at least I doubt it ….I mean …from what I’ve read …every astronaut who has been into space has said the best thing about being up there was looking back at this gorgeous bright blue marbled ball ….Hmmmmm what does that tell you?

Somehow …Somewhere…Something seems to be saying that it CANNOT be a case of ‘business as usual’

Hmmmmm ……So …back to the beginning of this post ….with today’s technology we have GLOBAL communication ….yep ..we can chat to almost anyone, in any country around the world, the barriers between ‘Nations’ are being broken down ……..the translated definition of Yoga is to ‘harness’ maybe for today’s world it’s ‘connect’ ……..join the dots ….we’re supposed to be intelligent 21st century humans :D:D:D

God …..we’re RIDICULOUS aren’t we?:D:D:D

Ok …..Ok …..BIG thoughts from a little woman ….but entitled to my say like anyone else:)

2 thoughts on “Yoga ….India’s GREATEST export cont:-

  1. Verrrrry interrrrestink… but vill it verk?
    Yoga, Yoga, Yoga,
    your name is Yoda,
    your wife’s name is Olga
    and you wear a toga.
    I’ll have a lime-flavoured yoghurt with that.

    The best way I find to practise Yoga is in a 15 foot sea kayak on the River… 🙂 I realize not everybody has a River… or a kayak… or a body to fit a kayak. In that case, the next best thing is to practise Yoga on a flying carpet. Well, why not? Don’t be shy; let it fly! (running to the back of the shed ducking the rotten tomatoes.) And that reminds me, there’d be another way to do Yoga, and that would be gardening. After all, we come from dirt, we go back to dirt, so why shower? Ah, and that reminds me that showering, now there’s another way to do Yoga. Will that be hot or cold?

    “You were serious about that?” (My Cousin Vinny)

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    1. Ha haaa Sha Tara …..yes ….yes….I know …I know ….I am a tad evangelical about it.
      Worked for me tho ……thought my teacher had special powers or something:D:D:D
      Maybe it was just the state I was in at the time ….and yes ….however you find it ….Kayak’ing and Gardening I can see would make such a ‘connection’
      It costs 0 …..available to all and you DON’T need $400 dollars and look like a supermodel to take part:D:D:D

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