On a very serious note, this article is about Astanga Yoga which is my own personal practice. It is not a religion. This article seems to be from the point of view of a person who didn’t really have the philosophy and scripture given to them, only the physical practice of the primary series.
One of my favorite things about this article is that every underlined hyperlink in is something that I have sought instruction on and through my authorized teachers have been offered continual reading and discussion in addition to training in my physical practice. Some of these concepts, like the 8 limbs of yoga, go deeper and if you’d ever like to navigate these rabbit holes with me just ask!
The article goes on to say that the yogi was unaware that this practice truly is a ‘moving meditation’. This is a moving meditation, as well as a physically demanding series of poses that evolves and improves over time. This is my chosen practice, my own sadhana and my hope is that you understand why this yogi is always seen burning sacred woods and yammering on in Sanskrit out on the back patio during ‘the times’.
It’s why I challenge you to do more without ha rming. Why I made you chant to Ganesh the other day 108 times on your mala beads to remove your obstacles. Why I read you stories in savasana. Why I want you to feel safe and comfortable.