What Yoga is *NOT* about

Sorry Brenda, but Yoga is not (just) about wearing super cool "LaLaLime" pants...

There can be a little bit of that, but ultimately, there is waaaay more to Yoga than the western eye usually can see… Let's have a look, shall we?


THE YOGA VIBE - TRIBE - RIDE


As you would have all noticed by now, Yoga has spread around the world like good old Vegemite on a piece of toast. The "spreading" is not New-New of course, but you have to admit that in the more recent years, yoga studios have popped up everywhere like beautiful pimples on a teenager's face, which is great of course (for the studios not the teens), and which also means you probably already have a rough (or good) idea of what Yoga is about. You might even own one of those fancy mats (we do), and go everywhere in your "Activewear, Activewear" (we may have done that too...)


However, in the euphoria of this cool "trend", your cores may have gained some serious ground but the core message of the Yoga philosophy, maybe not so much... So just for the sake of it, and because we can, here is a quick reminder of what Yoga is NOT about.



1. Yoga was NOT born in a studio in LA


Although the US have been pretty switched on for many decades now with the whole Yoga Boom, Yoga wasn't born in the US, let alone in a studio in downtown LA. Yoga emerged in India approximately 5,000 of years ago BC, through the Vedic culture. Four main books emanated from this era - The Rig Veda, Atharva Veda, Sama Veda and Yajur Veda. Veda is the Sanskrit word for 'Knowledge'.


The Vedas are a compilation of sacred hymns that were heard by the Rishis (Seer of Truth) in meditation. These hymns represented an immense body of wisdom that discussed all issues relating to daily life. They were revered as the ultimate authority for any question, and provided different approaches to deal with the issues of daily life. The aim of the Vedic culture was to attain the final union with the Source of Existence - 'to live in the consciousness of eternal joy'.


Around 700-300 BC, the Upanishads came along. These texts are a beautiful collection of writings from original oral transmissions, and described by Shri Aurobindo as "The Supreme work of the Indian mind." The term Upanishads literally means 'sitting down near', and implies listening closely to the doctrines of a teacher who has cognised the fundamental truths of the universe.


From 300 BC to 300 AD, Patanjali, along with multiple other authors, 'arranged' this approach of Life into a coherent & comprehensive system called the Yoga Sutras. These are 196 aphorisms outlining the 8 Limbs of Yoga which are:

1. Yama - Ethical disciplines

2. Niyama - Rules of conduct

3. Asana - Postures

4. Pranayama - Restraint or expansion of the breath

5. Pratyahara - Withdrawal of the senses

6. Dharana - Concentration

7. Dhyana - Meditation

8. Samadhi - Absorption


Yoga is therefore a Philosophy/Science of Life, not a fashionable trend. One could say that Yoga is as old as Humanity itself, for the search of a higher state of consciousness has always, and will always be, an inherent part of the human psyche.



"Yoga is the culture of tomorrow. It is a science that leads to the development of the human personality and the awakening of untapped energy sources within the brain and mind."

- Swami Niranjan



2. Yoga is NOT a Vegan dish


Although it does sound like a cool name for a new Food frenzy, Yoga is not (only) for the Gluten Free, sugar free, dairy free, nut free, meat free people. It is for EVERYONE & ANYONE.


Yoga does not exclude, does not judge, does not compartmentalise. It encapsulates EVERYTHING & ANYTHING. It literally means UNION.


The word is derived from the Sanskrit root 'yuj' meaning to bind, join, attach &a