Yoga conflict by the very definition the antithesis of yoga.
I was going to title this blog “Do You Have a Yoga Practice or Do You Take Yoga Classes” but in the light of a lot of conflict in the yoga world I changed my mind. Plus someone would for sure get offended and that wasn’t the intention.
In the past few days I have seen a lot of self righteous commentary about the YogaGlo cease and desist against Yoga International for copying their format for their online classes. My guess is YogaGlo will back down but this type of thing is common and we will see more of it anyway. Unless you own a studio or have a trademark you wouldn’t understand and it is business. I hate to break it to you, but yoga is business now and a lot of the people who are appalled and are screaming yamas and niyamas (and what does that have to do with it anyway) have yoga businesses, yoga products, and market their special classes/workshops/retreats daily on Facebook blogs or whatever.
To be honest when I started blogging I saw it as a forum and an opportunity to get up on the soapbox, spew what I knew that you don’t, point my finger, and point out the fallacies, because I have a yoga practice and I teach.
Then I got bored with that. Because I found myself boring and saw that yoga had not really helped me. I was still infatuated too much with what goes on outside of me and fascinated with human behavior. In other words, all the yoga classes, philosophies, workshops, and training hadn’t changed me and hadn’t taught me what the whole thing is – oneness. I knew it, but practicing it is hard when your behavior patterns are so hardwired.
Being in a yoga class convinced me I was practicing yoga. And it was fun, tied in a pretty bow and being taught about love and compassion and not JUDGING. Then I got, am involved in yoga business, and a few months ago read a beautiful blog about someone quitting the business of yoga and being torn apart from members of the yoga community about how they were judgmental, not practicing yamas and niyamas (wtf), and blah blah blah.
Today, again, a long tirade somewhere because someone made an expression of their practice. And someone disagrees.
There is no union in this type of yoga. It is the model of duality.
So, instead of worrying about someone’s legal issues or why someone takes a different style of yoga than you do, why not just leave it. Just because you have the whole notion of it packaged into a thought process that is palatable to you, don’t expect everyone to buy the same ideas.
Stop going to yoga classes. Start practicing yoga. Buy a book on the sutras, practice your asana, practice pranayama, meditate, experience your nature. Don’t try to experience anyone elses. It is taken. Experience the yoga.