Tuesday, May 27, 2014

All Eight Limbs



There is no question that yoga has moved far from its original state.  Beyond becoming synonymous with Yoga Pose, even the poses and structure of classes are a far far stretch from what the word in that context once meant. Stuck in my AshtangaYoga bubble I've remained close to the source, but then Instagram came... The introduction of Instagram into my life was eye opening to say the least, but in retrospect of course makes sense.  What I learned is not only that mastering yoga has come to mean performing some fancy yoga pose (usually handstand) on the beach, but that there are a world of people doing poses they are ill equipped for, out of context, in dangerous places, in the name of YOGA. I'm not impressed.  And I'm scared. Scared for the future of our darling sacred practice.

Yoga means many things to many people and that is okay. Life is a magical mystery of "blurred lines". I think it's time I draw mine though, in the Memorial Day sand.  To me a yoga is not a yoga that doesn't encompass all eight limbs. The eight limbs that define Ashtanga Yoga are: Yama, Niyama, Asana, Pranayama, Pratyahara, Dharana, Dhyana, Samadhi.  My movement, All Eight Limbs is not strict to being impossible about following in detail each limb, but the words All Eight Limbs are a call to include all aspects of yoga into our lives both on and off the mat.

In the coming months I'll be sharing more about what that means and how you can lead a happier, more fulfilling day to day life by incorporating even one new yoga concept.

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3 comments:

Rani Jeyaraj said...

You put into words what I have been thinking for a while...Though I am on instagram! I am very disturbed by things like #stopanddrop, teachers giving instructions for advanced asanas...and yes, oh yes, the obsession with handstands! Mind if i share....?

Lara Land said...

Rani, please share. That's what we are focused on right now, sharing and spreading the movement. Follow and share the blog and our instagram @landyoganyc. Together we can start a movement that embraces #alleightlimbs of yoga and make a difference.

daydreamingnewyorker.com said...

This is a beautiful statement. I'm humbled by how well you were able to express these views. These thoughts have been ruminating in my head; being a relatively new yogi (consistent practice for 4 yrs, ashtanga for 2 of those), I haven't really been able to express these views… or even really sure if they made sense. I'm so excited to see what All Eight Limbs becomes.