Death of Ashtanga Yoga

This morning, I browsed the news and I found out that yoga conference is in Toronto will be held from April 2 to 5, 2020. I was curious to see who are the teachers and what classes are offered.

Of course Sean Corn is a main feature that was not a surprise but I was shocked to discover that there is no single class of Ashtanga Yoga.

Instead there are Surfset Yoga, Suspension Yoga, Hula Hooping, Wheel Yoga, Mala Making, Pilates, Drumming and other bullshit. Pardon for my language but I am really pissed off. 300 workshops, 80 master yoga teachers and there is no single ashtanga yoga class.

I wonder how much recent articles about sexual touching aka adjustments from Guruji Patthabi Jois, has been influenced decision for not including ashtanga yoga into the Conferences program. And I see how easy teachers are making a switch from Ashtanga to hula hooping.

I wonder how much Sharath's way of certification has added to decrease in popularity of Ashtanga yoga. If you do not have teachers then what do you expect?

In Western world the yoga is business. It made Sharat a millionaire and left other Ashtanga yoga teachers to barely survive in their small yoga shalas. Life is a bitch.

If I closely look at this year's Toronto yoga conference program I notice so many classes for stress reduction, yoga therapy, mindful living, goodness and goddness. The most classes clearly shows a trend towards yoga therapy. It is still a far away from any kind of serious spirituality.

I see classes about Inner Sanctuary, Embodied Sanctuary, Transitioning with Awareness, The Journey... Here you can see for yourself... The Program Of Toronto Yoga Conference.

 The Conference Yoga Classes Pricing

This conference presents yoga as a just another self-indulging practice that 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. Practice to combat stress, purify chakras and deepen relaxation...

It keeps you snoring in this world. 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 awakened kundalini, or to qualify for heaven, or to liberate all sentient beings, or simply to become best person you can be, then rejoice go to Yoga Conference, you are in the right place, embrace fully their yoga 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.

Contrary to what the title of this article reads, Ashtanga yoga is not dead for me. I had my first ashtanga yoga class on Toronto Yoga Conference back in 2006. Since then I did not stopped practicing ashtanga. It is a life-long practice that demands diligence, commitment, perseverance and consistency... which many cannot do.