This week's post all relates back to what inspired me to start CorpYoga.
When I began learning about the philosophy of yoga, I understood that the ultimate goal is to reach spiritual enlightenment.
There are many people and books to tell you how yoga can help you reach enlightenment, and I am sure that their messaging and teachings are correct. However, how often do you hear or read about ‘the ways to reach enlightenment’ from stereotyped yogis (ie. people who have disconnected from the modern world and live in remote locations or beautiful islands).
BUT I DON'T RELATE TO THEM AND THEIR PHILOSOPHIES ARE HARD FOR ME TO FOLLOW.
I have been to yoga retreats and came back to the city feeling rejuvenated and peaceful, though after a few weeks, I would have forgotten about how to deal with situations in a peaceful yogic mentality. Handling stress at work, financial responsibilities, family obligations, finding time for relationships and social engagements are not really things you face when you’re in a ‘yoga’ environment.
What happens to us when we are not in a retreat or when we step out of a yoga class? How do we carry on practicing the path to enlightenment when we have a gazillion other things to handle?
I believe that it is possible to apply the yogic concept (the eight limbs of yoga) into our modern lifestyle, and every bit of what we do contributes to our path to reaching enlightenment.
So busy people who are unable to practice and learn yoga full time should not be considered inferior yogis. On the contrary, being able to juggle so much pressure and expectations from society makes you a stronger person when you can incorporate yoga philosophies into your daily lives. Unfortunately reaching enlightenment in 2017 is not as straight-forward as it used to be when yoga was developed over 5,000 years ago!
Keep up the good work modern yogis :)