It is very interesting to me how there have been two recent releases of yoga documentaries, both of which share a common concern for yoga in the west. Their findings clearly show that for the majority of people, yoga has simply become a series of postures. There is evidently a lack of meditation, breath work, and also depth of morals and disciplines being incorporated into the practice. I very much connected with some of the discussions in the Yoga Maya Movie which denotes 3 main illusions about yoga. Overall, the first misconception is that yoga is asana, the physical. The second misconception is that 200 hours of teacher training is sufficient to be teaching yoga to the masses. And the third, is that yoga is a religion! All these illusions (unreal visions) or delusions (wrong beliefs) discredit an ancient and mysterious practice, that when explored more completely has “remarkable potential as a vehicle for personal transformation”. Although I have yet to fully watch Kusi Kawsay (Happy Life) Andean School, I get the sense that this documentary guides us more into this spiritual aspect of yoga. The spiritual and soul nourishing aspect, which is fundamental to enhancing the mind body experience.
As for ‘the big picture’ of yoga in the Vancouver and area, for the last year and a half I have only been able to observe and speculate from a distance. What I perceive here with the closing of many prominent studios is that yoga is changing significantly and something must be missing. Although one cannot be certain as to why the school systems are breaking down, I believe these documentaries indirectly touch on that subject. It may seem too simple or obvious, but maybe the foundations of yoga are breaking because the fundamentals of yoga are not being practiced?
Certainly, I do not feel that every person or every studio has to embrace all aspects yoga to grow, but I do feel that the world would be a much better place if everyone could practice more of what it actually encompasses. Breathing, stretching, and looking inwards (opposed to looking outwards) are all a great start to bring forth the betterment things. I hope to share some of these authentic elements of yoga with you next week, in John Lawson Park. In the meantime, have a wonderful Canada Day!
Yoga by the Beach in July
Yoga by the Beach classes will happen at John Lawson Park starting Thursday! Lori is back and in West Vancouver for Mixed Levels Hatha Yoga teachings for JULY ONLY (no class July 1st). Classes are on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:30 am -11:30 am weather permitting (we will be there even if it is cloudy but not if it’s drizzling or raining). Please bring a yoga mat and beach towel, along with some sunscreen. Arrive at least 10 minutes early, especially if you prefer a spot in the shade. Class fee is $12 cash or you may use your BHYS pass if you have classes pending. Do join in for this opportunity to reconnect, lift your spirit and get in touch with nature. Lori is very excited for these teachings and will look forward to seeing you there!
Green Tip – Recycle or Donate Old Computers and Laptops
With the constant rising costs due to inflation, many families or schools do not have the sufficient funds available for computers to be utilized along with education standards. Many nonprofit organizations can be found locally, as well as around the web and give detailed descriptions on how to donate. The benefits can be seen locally and globally, affecting thousands of those in need.
If you have an old, yet functional laptop computer and like the idea of repurposing your electronics, Lori can take these items back to Peru for the Kusi Kawsay (Happy Life) Andean School in the Sacred Valley of Pisac. We have donated cash funds to contribute to the rise of this school 5 years ago, and now they have grown to have nearly 100 students who come from all over the surrounding region! To help the less fortunate by recycling your used laptop computer, contact email@example.com or bring your working laptop and power pack to Yoga by the Beach.