(From Huffington Post)
When you think of yoga, what picture comes to mind…legging-clad women in classes or yoga retreats flowing through challenging poses or Indian gurus twisted like contortionists? Over the last 10 -15 years, yoga has emerged from being a pastime for those interested in a holistic lifestyle, to a mainstream form of exercise; good for flexibility and stress relief and in some types of yoga such as Vinyasa and Ashtanga, a good old workout.
But what happened to the true meaning of yoga? Our goal-driven society has stripped out the spiritual and holistic to focus on the physical. Roll on International Yoga Day to set us straight again!
The day has been set up by the UN to answer the calls of India’s Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, to remind the world about yoga’s true meaning. “It is not about exercise but to discover the sense of oneness with yourself, the world and the nature. Yoga embodies unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfilment; harmony between man and nature; a holistic approach to health and well being,” he said. Read more