Great read for #internationalyogaday My friend Mariellen @breathedreamgo , and I took this photo at the Iconic Taj Mahal, in India!The birthplace of Yoga!Do check her blog post for more(Link in profile)#repost @breathedreamgo Today is International Day of Yoga. Yoga has been an integral part of my life for more than 25 years. It has saved me over and over again, and has helped keep me sane, strong, and centred. Every morning when I wake up, the first thing I do is 30-60 minutes of pranayam (yoga breathing), stretching, and meditation. I check in with myself and spend time being as present as I can, listening to the birds chirping and my inner world. There are so many misconceptions about yoga in the western world, it's hard to know where to begin addressing them. I'm going to take on two of them.1. Yoga comes from India. Yes, it is a worldwide phenomenon, and many people are interpreting it a mind-boggling array of ways around the world. But it's roots are solidly in India, in spiritual traditions stretching back thousands of years. So, personally, I was delighted to see India take some "ownership" of yoga when they declared June 21 to be Yoga Day three years ago. As the poster Incredible India released says, "Yoga belongs to the world. But it has a home." I studied and practised yoga for many years before I went to India. But it was not until I studied in India that I began to really get yoga. I think it has largely been lost in translation, and I highly encourage western yoga students to make the pilgrimage to the birthplace of yoga, where you will experience it within its cultural context, and get a chance to see the full spectrum of what it offers.2. Yoga is not a system of exercise. You can't "do" yoga. It is much much more. It is an art and science, a way of being int he world, and the physical part – asana – is only a fraction of what it represents and what it can offer you. Yoga means "yoke" or connection, and it's about being connected – to yourself, the universe, and the divine (or whatever word you want to use to indicate the something that's bigger than us and that connects us all).#YogaDay #IDY2017 #incredibleindia #yoga #india_gram

Great read for #internationalyogaday My friend Mariellen @breathedreamgo , and I took this photo at the Iconic Taj Mahal, in India!The birthplace of Yoga!Do check her blog post for more(Link in profile)#repost @breathedreamgo Today is International Day of Yoga. Yoga has been an integral part of my life for more than 25 years. It has saved me over and over again, and has helped keep me sane, strong, and centred. Every morning when I wake up, the first thing I do is 30-60 minutes of pranayam (yoga breathing), stretching, and meditation. I check in with myself and spend time being as present as I can, listening to the birds chirping and my inner world. There are so many misconceptions about yoga in the western world, it's hard to know where to begin addressing them. I'm going to take on two of them.1. Yoga comes from India. Yes, it is a worldwide phenomenon, and many people are interpreting it a mind-boggling array of ways around the world. But it's roots are solidly in India, in spiritual traditions stretching back thousands of years. So, personally, I was delighted to see India take some "ownership" of yoga when they declared June 21 to be Yoga Day three years ago. As the poster Incredible India released says, "Yoga belongs to the world. But it has a home." I studied and practised yoga for many years before I went to India. But it was not until I studied in India that I began to really get yoga. I think it has largely been lost in translation, and I highly encourage western yoga students to make the pilgrimage to the birthplace of yoga, where you will experience it within its cultural context, and get a chance to see the full spectrum of what it offers.2. Yoga is not a system of exercise. You can't "do" yoga. It is much much more. It is an art and science, a way of being int he world, and the physical part - asana - is only a fraction of what it represents and what it can offer you. Yoga means "yoke" or connection, and it's about being connected - to yourself, the universe, and the divine (or whatever word you want to use to indicate the something that's bigger than us and that connects us all).#YogaDay #IDY2017 #incredibleindia #yoga #india_gram

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