Yoga is the Journey from the self to the Self through the self – Patanjali
The word ‘yoga’ means union. The practice of yoga is intended to take you into the experience of unity within that then expresses without.
This is more than fitness. It is the unfolding of your fitness to be the unique expression of Love you are created to be.
Your purpose is to serve Love’s purpose – Guy Finley – Spiritual Teacher.
Yoga is the science and practice of unfolding peace, prosperity and living from alignment with Presence. This gives you alignment with the Source of all Creation. This alignment is the felt at-one-ment with Divine Intention.
This is the gold standard of yoga practice. This is the standard that the Sages of India intended for you to enjoy.
Most yoga teachings in the West are simply programs that keep you comfortable in living a life from the continued identification with the separate personal self.
It is this identification with the separate sense of the personal self that creates most of the unnecessary suffering in your life and in the world.
It is this sense of the separate personal self that tries to solve the problems it creates which can’t be done.
A problem cannot be solved at the same level of consciousness that created it – Albert Einstein.
Yoga is the journey of revelation that takes you beyond this over identification with the personal sense of self and reveals to you the truth of who and why you are.
This has been given different names by mystics from different traditions.
- The False Self – Thomas Merton –
- The Impersonal Self – Joseph Brenner – Mystic
- The Ego – The Ever Grasping One
- The Flesh – St. Paul
Only with this KNOWING are you fulfilled because you become a channel for the outpouring of Divine Intention.
This journey begins for many people who have an interest in yoga at the level of the physical.
For the majority of people this is where they stay at least for a while. For a number there will be those who by way of the physical practices of Yoga begin to open to something other.
This may not be their intention, but it happens. This happened to me when I practice Hatha Yoga many years ago and had the experience of revelation from which this article is written.
The reason is because with Yoga practice you work with what the Austrian psychoanalyst Wilhelm Reich (1897-1957) called “body armour.” This is the armour you unconsciously protect your self with from having to feel feeling that you have denied and needed to deny.
Most yoga schools and teachers never touch on the impact that the postures and asanas have on the awakening of what can be called the emotional body or what the modern mystic Eckhart Tolle writing in The Power of NOW calls the pain body.
At the level of the physical there are different levels of asanas or postures. Over time and it is usually a short time (2 years) many people lose interest in practicing these postures. They get bored with the same old yoga sequence.
To use a metaphor used by different spiritual teachers they remain in the basement while unaware that they are living in a Palace.
Most yoga studios are focused on improving your basement living experience. Soon you will go elsewhere and explore another improved basement living program.
To continue the metaphor this website has as its intention the invitation to leaving the basement and exploring the Palace.