First, watch this:
The history of yoga doesn’t really have a lot of self-expression attached to it. Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras aren’t very pro-“the world.” Certainly not as much as starry-eyed yoganistas would like us to believe. For the most part, yoga has been part of the whole tradition of a teacher telling a student to “Stand here. Do this. Now sit there. Do that.” That’s largely what its been about, and personally, I like that part of it. I get plenty of “me time” the rest of my life. Anyone who knows me beyond the virtual walls of this “thing” know me as a pretty expressive person. I’m not running around trying to make yoga a means through which I can “truly be myself,” ’cause, like, duh. I already am myself.
See, I think the majority of the casual yoga people and those who run the “yoga is about personal expression” circuit are really looking for what’s featured above. And, that’s perfectly splendid to me. I love what’s featured above. Love it.
I also believe that the majority of today’s casual yoga practitioners will eventually migrate to a very watered down version of the above. And, I actually think that’s a good thing. Not the watered down part. That’s for sucka MCs. But, the migration of casual yoga enthusiasts to the world of body-centric paleo-friendly individual-expression-based movement movements.
All the BS about “core strength vinyasa” and “yoga dance” will end up in the trash, because after about a decade or two, people will realize that there are other methods, such as the one shown above, that speak much more directly to those endeavors. And, the great part is, you won’t have to sort through or sweep under the rug a bunch of questionable religious texts to get there. I happen to really dig questionable religious texts, so I’m happy with weeding through them for odd-ball gems and contradictions against which I can rub my body-mind. I heart God in all its problems.
So, if any of you casuals are reading, and wanna get a head start, your bus is waiting outside. And, your complimentary raw dairy-free vanilla cashew shake is waiting in the mini-fridge in the back.