This picture has been circulating a lot these days. It seems that there is a clear consensus, an asana practice is just the tip of the iceberg, and if we are to study the subject of yoga we should be more and aware of what is below. Today in chanting Lakshimish said something like if you change the svara of Vedic mantra’s people will be asking, “who is that stupid person?” Everyone laughed, but we all heard the distortion, melodic stylings, American Idol versions of such mantras.
Why are yoga students afraid to study the tradition of yoga? When did it become boring to learn properly and then teach the tradition? If being an Ashtangi has taught me anything it is respect for yoga, Guru, teacher, India and, even more so for patience. While I do stretch and sweat it out every morning on my yoga mat under the direction of my teacher, I spend the remainder of the day chanting, studying, sitting and soaking in India so that I can teach what is really important to me…..what lies beneath.
I’ll be home in a month teaching the root of the iceberg, come join me.
Sunday Night Light: