Yoga Meditation Techniques Are For Humanity — Huffington Post

While the many varied yoga meditation techniques continue to be bent, rearranged and modified, yoga is still at its most fundamental all about unity. Yoga has been adapted and modified over many lands and many years to suit the needs of its adherents. Yoga expert Leslie Hendry described some of her own thoughts and opinions as part of her recent Huffington Post review of what some might think a controversial book by author William J. Broad titled The Science of Yoga, The Risks and Rewards.

Yoga Meditation Techniques Are For Humanity — Huffington Post

In a world of yoga 2.0 I’m happy when erudite individuals lend themselves to the study and research of yoga. Which, Broad makes a point, historically hasn’t been easy to obtain, mainly due to lack of financial backing or academic interest. Neither government nor Fortune 500 companies have had a horse in the race.

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The book, divided into 7 tight chapters, is a must for anyone interested in yoga beyond dipping their toe into the water. Yet one is certainly better prepared to read this book with yoga experience under their belt. For yoga is not one thing, just like health, psychology or philosophy is not one thing but fields of study. If you get past this assumption — and the biggest mistake in the book — you discover some interesting stuff about yoga.

For instance, I was reminded how mutable yoga is. From the writings of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, which are aphorisms on enlightenment, to the political brush to build Hindu national pride during India’s Independence, to the current perception, and trending use, of yoga as a form of exercise and relaxation. Most interestingly, however, is how yoga’s interpreters, such as B.K.S. Iyengar, have consistently shied away from religion and eroticism to promote yoga as a science, or as Broad does, the science of yoga.

Read the entire review here at the huffingtonpost.com:

While yoga meditation techniques can evolve so as to adapt themselves to the needs of the individual and to the larger society of which he or she is a part, there will always be a central unifying core of method and philosophy that continues to anchor yoga through changes in culture, geography and time.

What do you think? Have you found a specific yoga technique or philosophy that has resonated with you? Why not leave a comment below and share your opinion with us?

You may think that only you are a prisoner, but other people are also prisoners. You are in a small prison, but others are in the big prison outside. When will they be released? Think that you are a yogi and that you are pursuing your sadhana in this particular place and at this particular moment. Immediately you will experience great joy. If you change your understanding, you will be free in a minute.                                — Baba Muktananda

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