The future of yoga

The Yoga is located at a crossroads interesting. At the beginning of the 20th century its "industry" was non-existent, although Yogis possessed a deep knowledge. Today the Yoga market reaches millions of practitioners and, however, there are very few with deep knowledge of this discipline so valuable. What are the challenges facing the Yoga today? In can become if not face them properly? Writes the Dr. Kausthub Desikachar.


It is necessary to move us into a deep reflection, not just practitioners, but also politicians and regulators, who, inevitably, were granted powers to mark the future evolution of Yoga that perhaps were above their abilities.

1. the modern Yoga is rootless

The teachings of Yoga have deep philosophical roots; enacted the assumption of a lifestyle, more than the mere learning of a sequence of exercises. However, the Yoga of today is mainly associated with physical exercise and has been stripped of other important aspects that make the practice of Yoga is a holistic experience and not just a "performance". In the most important classical texts a few solid principles that describe the wide range of tools that offers Yoga, as well as clear guidelines are defined to be able to take them as a way of life.

When Yoga came to the West in the 20th century, his teachings were transmitted by Hindu teachers who still had access to the classical teachings, to the roots of Yoga. However, with the passage of time this knowledge were gradually losing up between generation and generation. As a result, today's practitioners are very disconnected from the original roots of Yoga, not to say totally separated from them.

Most of the formations of Yoga teachers do not incorporate this knowledge so wide and deep and focus only on teaching a series of postures, explaining them exclusively from modern medicine or physiotherapy. This is a journey that is not only unsustainable, but it can also be very dangerous. As well as a tree separate from his estate never may survive, a Yoga uprooted from his essence will face a drama similar.

2. not you can understand the Yoga on the medicine modern

A great problem of the Yoga modern is its effort in achieving get the confidence and approval of the community medical. It is a fact that the medicine will never understand Yoga from the perspectives and scientific tools, because trying to understand Yoga through medical eyes it would be like asking a blind man to indicate us the way. Medical science is empirical in nature and believes only in the experimental validation. This implies that only caters to values measurable and tangible. In contrast, Yoga is based, essentially, on principles very subtle, often intangible, as not being verifiable are rejected by science. A classic example is the Prana, which is often translated as 'vital energy' and one of the main foundations of Yoga, which, however, the medical community does not accept, nor verify, being a non-measurable phenomenon.

As we well know, when Yoga originated there was no modern medicine as we know it today in India, nor in any part of the world. The Yogis understood the workings of the human body from the energy framework of Yoga and developed tools based on this knowledge. These resources were developed carefully, using an extraordinary and under constant observation intuition. Yoga tools use much more that skeletal muscle of the human body, structure In contrast to physiotherapy treatments, which are based solely on body mechanics.

Yoga tools shipped all aspects of our being, taking into account our breathing patterns, our emotions and our intellect. Yoga differs from medical science in many aspects, as in his exploration of the subtle, i.e., that which cannot be recognized or understood by modern medicine. I want to clarify that I am not saying that modern medicine is not valid; I believe that it has a very important value and is immensely beneficial. But use modern medicine to decipher the science that lies behind the Yoga not only is inappropriate, but it leads, inevitably, misinterpretation and biased approaches about what really is the Yoga.

3 standardize is not the answer

Today there is a debate within the community Yoga on if you can or not to standardize the protocols of Yoga. The principle of standardization essentially goes against the nature of Yoga, which insists that our individual differences must not only be respected, but also celebrated. Yoga, as well as other disciplines of India such as Ayurveda, clearly promulgates that the standardization of tools does not work, since every human being is unique and differs from others by multiple parameters.

Of the same way that a handle not should be treated as a pineapple or a mango green not should be treated as a handle mature, a human being not should be treated in the same way that other. Yoga does not believe in standard prescriptions, but it aims to propose individual solutions for each person, according to different parameters such as, for example, the Constitution, age, profession, the time of year in which we find ourselves, living conditions, State of health, the energy capacity and the interests of the person. For these reasons, traditionally Yoga is taught only in particular (of one) to achieve high-quality results and this is how we should continue to do so.

4. reject the Yoga as therapy

Recently, the Yoga Alliance, one of the most relevant certification organizations in the United States, published a statement as it did not allow teachers to use the word "therapy" in the context of Yoga. Not only was it a shock to many members of the community of Yoga, but it contradicts the bases of its philosophical principles. It is one of the reasons why Yoga was developed by its immense therapeutic value to deal with diseases and conditions, physiological, psychological, and spiritual.

Only briefly referring any of the classic Yoga texts as the Yogasutras, the Hathayogapradipikathe Sivasamhita etc, it reveals the therapeutic importance of Yoga. It is very likely that fear of possible lawsuits is the ulterior motive behind the decision of the Yoga Alliance. However, in no way should be a valid reason for rejecting the Yoga as an important complementary health holistic paradigm. Increasingly there is evidence confirming his vast potential in the field of healing.

5. Yoga is a spiritual practice not egocentric

One of the most beautiful dimensions of Yoga, without influencing a religious approach, is that it is essentially a spiritual discipline. However, the reality today is that most of the people practice it as a substitute for a kind of fitness or a visit to the gym. Yoga originated as a tool of spiritual transformation, that involves to discover our inner potential and its full expression. In today's world, in which society is so influenced by external stimuli, many people have no idea of their own inherent ability and lack the strength to connect with their own power.

Unfortunately, also the field of Yoga has been strongly influenced by the media of communication. Many people who come to Yoga today want a more beautiful body, or want to fit into the modern lifestyle of Yoga, which seems to place more emphasis on loyalty to brands, in the creation of false needs (the ancient Yogis not used or needed high-class rubber mats) or appearances (called "yoga clothes" not is needed in order to make a significant practical) that the essence of the practice of the Yoga. In short, the practice of Yoga today has adopted, unfortunately, a form of narcissism that focuses too much on the more egocentric side of humanity. A road very dangerous that contradicts completely the objective of the Yoga, that is, precisely, the of reduce the presence of the ego.

6 blind following the blind

Yoga has become a business so large that the amount of teachers grows as fast as the mushrooms. Not only are often low-skilled, but that there is still a qualified enough organization to supervise them and guide them. Organizations as the Yoga Alliance, the Association International of therapists of the Yoga (International Association of Yoga Therapists) and others have emerged by the popularity growing of the Yoga in a try by complete them tasks entrusted to agencies legitimate of certification.

However, there are two problems in this context. The first is that many practitioners are asking, reasonably, who has given these organizations the right to rule others. He second question underlying is if that take the decisions in these organizations have studied deeply all those aspects that embarks the Yoga. Most, not all, are fortunately students and professors from the modern era trained poorly in the classical yogic teachings. Their knowledge is limited to modern teachings. This translates into reduced and standardized curriculums that often borrow aspects of Western medicine or physiotherapy.

Many of these regulators feel obligated to accept ideas and Western views for taken seriously and to avoid, in the most extreme cases, the risk of lawsuits. If we continue in this way, the next generation of Yoga students will not be trained in classical Yoga, even if they have unlimited tools and objectives of Yoga. In this way, we will face a scenario where Yoga will become a light version, type New Age, physical therapy and physical exercise. A fairly chilling scene. It is imperative, therefore, that these institutions ' governing ' Yoga start, really, to defend and represent Yoga without deviating from its essential principles. It would be appropriate to invite experienced practitioners, trained in the ancient tradition and deep roots in the classical teachings to raise the overall level and shed light to the future generations.

Conclusion: more quality teachings, not more quantity is needed.

Parameters of the contemporary business world put pressure on the sector of Yoga to become a mass business. This pressure leads to a series of commitments and tolls that cause the issues identified in this article. Yoga needs to focus on high quality formations. In the past, the great Yogis had a limited number of students. Dedicated students who are committed to long-term and in-depth study of Yoga in its entirety. They were acrobats and gymnasts jumping an Asana to another, ignoring the actual sense of the Yoga as a spiritual experience. If the Yoga community does not react quickly to the reality expressed herein, if it does not start to question the path that has taken the modern Yoga and not rectify present deficiencies, true Yoga will be sentenced somewhere hidden and inaccessible for the vast majority of society, as already happened centuries ago, when Yoga was only within the reach of a few who lived away from society.

(Translation by) Dana Ginevro. Review by Coral cross)

The author of this article, the doctor Kausthub Desikachar, son and pupil of T. K. V. Desikachar, began studying yoga when he was nine years old. Today works as a yogaterapeuta to offer effective solutions for all types of mental, emotional and physical imbalances. It combines the teachings of Yoga, Ayurveda, the Vedas and the modern psychology with the goal of empowering its customers on their way of healing, making them discover their own potential.

Dr. K Desikachar is known for his deep knowledge of the tradition of Yoga and its ability to explain these ancient teachings accessible and adaptable manner in our modern society. It imparts training and workshops for Yoga teachers in different countries in East and West. The 5, 6 and 7 may 2017 gives a seminar on the subtle Anatomy of Yoga in Barcelona.

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