Thursday, March 16, 2017

The Yoga Journal Philosophy


Yoga is so many things. In the 1980s, yoga became popular as a physical system of health exercises across the Western world. No doubt the physical benefits from yoga are proven but these days, all of a sudden, it seems yoga is a popular mode not only for exercise of physical postures but also the spiritual path, a promise to lead us to greater spiritual levels.

The Yoga Journal is a creative force behind various (award winning) yoga studios and their spiritual but not religious directors. The philosophy of yoga journal is to help one achieve a certain poise of equanimity, to look at all aspects of life - pleasure as well as pain, with acceptance and serenity. It is soothing and comforting, it makes you feel warm and fuzzy. It is about getting into pleasant emotional and mental states. It is about peace, love, tranquility, silence and bliss.

What is the core of yoga journal philosophy? Perhaps it is this: a brighter future and a better tomorrow. It makes you feel good about yourself and it boosts your self-esteem, tells you you are okay, tells you everything is just fine the way it is. The Yoga Journal Philosophy offers to improve, benefit and elevate you, and it is about belief and faith and worship. It's goal is to raises or alters consciousness. It combats stress or deepens relaxation, it promises happiness and relief from unhappiness.

Our intention in teaching and practicing yoga at QSY  is to grow as individuals, and deepen our sense of connectedness with the wider world. While practicing headstand and shoulderstand, or other “fancy” or extreme poses, may be fun and provide learning experiences, they do not necessarily bring us any closer to that aim. - QUEEN STREET YOGA

You may ask me what is wrong with being happy and satisfied. What is wrong with today's yoga philosophy? I answer nothing is wrong. It just keep you snoring. There is nothing wrong with being a dream character, of course, unless it is your goal to wake up, in which case the dream character must be ruthlessly annihilated.

If you desire to experience transcendental bliss or supreme love or altered states of consciousness or awakened kundalini, or to qualify for heaven, or to liberate all sentient beings, or simply to become best person you can be, then rejoice you are in the right place, embrace fully the Yoga Journal Philosophy. However, if your interest is to cut the crap and figure out what is true, then, you are in the wrong place and you have got a very messy fight ahead, there is no point in pretending otherwise.


Inversions at QSY (Queen Street Yoga): We choose not to teach full Headstand and full Shoulderstand (where weight is placed on the head and neck) due to safety concerns for the spine. We ask that students do not practice these poses before, after, or during public classes for the safety of all QSY members. - Studio Policy and Etiquette by QUEEN STREET YOGA

Awakening has nothing to do with the Yoga Journal Philosophy. Process of awakening is painful, it feels like depression, hopelessness. Your very identity is questioned. It is the death of everything believed. It feels like your love is dying inside. It is complete opposite of the Yoga Journal Philosophy.

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About Zee Mark

I am an Ashtanga yoga practitioner from Toronto, Canada. I am writing a blog about awakening, yoga and everyday life. My entire life journey has led me to this very moment in time. I finally arrived to a place where I am okay with the truth that there is no truth.