Yoga Is Union… A union of What?

Via Benjamin Riggs
on Mar 13, 2011
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I’m pretty sure yoga isn’t about having the most bendy backbend or understanding a dead foreign language like Sanskrit. And it’s definitely not about what you wear or what sort of accessories you embellish your practice with. Let’s just start there.” ~Rusty Wells

Join, Junction, Yoke, Union.

All these words are basically from the same root. And so likewise when Jesus said, ‘My yoke is easy,’ he was saying really:

is easy.” ~ Alan Watts

Spirituality is not a battle between the forces of darkness and light; it is the unification of these two forces.

Our job is to love others without stopping to inquire whether or not they are worthy. That is not our business and, in fact, it is nobody’s business. What we are asked to do is to love, and this love itself will render both ourselves and our neighbors worthy if anything can.” ~Thomas Merton

Your task is not to seek love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built.” ~Rumi

You cannot do yoga. Yoga is your natural state. What you can do are yoga exercises, which may reveal to you where you are resisting your natural state.” ~Sharon Gannon

Alan Watts On The Yoga Sutras, and as always, he is brilliant!

P.S. The above Rusty Wells quote was taken from an article on Elephant Journal by Joslyn Hamilton… Pretty amazing read! Click here to see for yourself.

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About Benjamin Riggs

Ben Riggs is the author of Finding God in the Body: A Spiritual Path for the Modern West. He is also the director of the Refuge Meditation Group in Shreveport, LA and a teacher at Explore Yoga. Ben writes extensively about Buddhist and Christian spirituality on Elephant Journal, and his blog. Click here to listen to the Finding God in the Body Podcast. To keep up with all of his work follow him on Facebook or Twitter.


4 Responses to “Yoga Is Union… A union of What?”

  1. Thanks for helping me get to know Alan Watts better. I had read about him, but not heard him much before your blogs.

    Posting to Elephant Yoga on Facebook and Twitter.

    Bob W.
    Yoga Editor

  2. Just posted to "Featured Today" on the new Elephant Yoga homepage.

  3. Sarah says:

    I LOVE it Ben… Thank you for introducing me/us to that which we rarely get exposed to… <smiles>

    The video is helping me start my day on an even more amazing mind set… Life is bliss indeed…

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