Yoga is a Religion
In my previous blog, I discussed how modern day yoga has a focus on Asana -- the yoga of postures. Many modern Hatha yoga postures are less than 100 years old, and many others were invented by the 19th century British YMCA. The Yogasutras of Patanjali dates back to 400AD, and it outlines the 'eight limbs of yoga.' In my last blog, I pointed out that meditation comprises 3 of the 8 limbs! I also covered 3 more limbs: Pranayama, Pratyahara, and Asana. In this blog, I will cover the other two limbs, Yama and Niyama. I consider these two limbs to be the limbs of religion (Niyama) and ethics (Yama), which, between the two of them, comprise 25% of yoga.
I'm really looking forward to my trip around this world this summer. I can't wait to see how the cultures in these places enlightens me and makes me see the world in a different way! Here's a story I wrote when I studied abroad in college about the cultural differences I saw when travelling in Europe, and how they are way more socially liberal than in the USA, and way less repressed!
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