Category: Philosophy

Do I Have to Say Namaste?

I always close my classes with “Namaste” and bow to my students.  It’s a very common way to seal a yoga class, so I usually don’t think there’s anything concerning about it. Until recently.  You see, I teach most of my classes at a gym.  As such, the physical aspect of yoga is the only
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How to Get a Yoga Body

If you search google for “how to get a yoga body,” you’ll likely come up with several articles listing specific poses to get you that “yoga body.” They’ll detail the poses for the toned stomach and the round, lifted booty, the sculpted arms and legs, etc. This is not one of those articles. Disclaimer: There
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Wait- Isn’t Yoga a Religion?

Isn't yoga a religion? well, yes and no. The answer to that is actually more complicated than you might think.Disclaimer: This article may contain affiliate links. This means that I may earn a commission, at no additional cost to you, if you make a qualifying purchase after clicking through my links.

Is yoga a religion? In fact, the first time I heard of it when I was a in middle school, I thought that it was.

The ritualistic nature of chanting "om" and the closure with "namaste" as well as some of the symbols associated with yoga leads people to believe that yoga is religious.

It can be very off-putting for many, from the very secular to, especially, those who are devout in their own religion.

The answer to the question is this:  While yoga began as a "religious" practice, the history of yoga proves an evolution of diverging paths. Therefore,  yoga is a very spiritual practice AND it isn't.
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