Yoga asana has evolved over the years and continues to do so.
This either pisses people off (we’re not doing yoga anymore!), or it excites people (we’re free to express!).
Instead of wasting time focusing on what divides us in opinion, why not tap into what unites us? Because after all, isn’t that all yoga intends to be for us spiritual beings living in these wild human bodies?
Breath surely unites us. We all have it, we all feel it, and yoga helps us be aware of it, so we’re not robotically pacing through life. With one single cue of, “Focus on your inhale,” we suddenly enter a momentary miracle of presence that opens up the possibility to be in that moment forever.
Yoga gives us that choice every time we step on our mat.
Bodily sensation unites us. We all feel something when we practice and when we’re in our bodies—whether it be a simple seated posture or the most advanced inversion—that feeling means we’re in conversation with our bodies. In this bodily engagement, we build up our awareness of a specific physical sensation, where if practiced without judgement or expectation, we experience a state of yoga.
When we tap into this thread of connection—be it breath or body awareness—we immediately tap into each other. Age, gender, career, culture and geographical location aside, we become one beautiful collective.
The miracle of yoga asana is that with practice, we all reach this unified place of understanding and respect for the journey, given its emphasis on unbound-less patient principles rooted in love.
Author: Ayami Yamamichi
Editor: Yoli Ramazzina