The Story of Yoga

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We humans, we love stories.  I read this this engaging article, featured by Power More Dell that discusses the importance of a good story when developing a company face. It brings up many good points and, as a corporate yoga instructor, I would love to discuss them, because developing a culture of healthy and passionate employees is part of a good origin story. But I’ll save that for another blog post.

Yoga is a practice that is, and always will be constantly evolving and branching into new origin stories along with human culture.

What struck me most about the article is the idea of yoga and “the origin story.”  In my experience as a yoga instructor and practitioner, there are so many versions of this story.  Yoga as a practice has branched out to take on so many different forms, and despite the lasting influence of sanskrit, the language that yoga instructors use doesn’t always translate to all styles. It is a practice that is, and always will be constantly evolving and branching into new origin stories along with human culture.  And why shouldn’t it if we are always reinventing ourselves?

A lot of what yoga does is help us explore our personal stories. These can change. These should change.

On a personal level, the complexity of the yoga origin story reflects something that is integral to yoga: that it is always changing, just like you and me.  A lot of what yoga does is help us explore our personal stories. These can change. These should change.  Yoga helps us explore and develop our stories as they exist in our minds and bodies so that we have a healthy relationship to them and continue to grow as human beings.

 

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