Empty your Mind be formless, Shapeless, like water -
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Yoga as a concept and a practice only exists in our minds, it is a very personal thing. One person may follow a path that involves a great deal of physical yoga, another approaches yoga by the devotional path, or the path of selfless action or by any other route.
Whilst it is important to find your own way of practicing, humans have an overwhelming desire to separate and classify, to justify their own path and, if it works for them, to pass it on to others and encourage them to adopt it as well. Hence the various 'schools' of yoga, the specific training methods, techniques and so on that are transferred from one person to the next. If we aren't careful, yoga can change from a practice that sets us free into a practice that simply builds new walls.
Why the need to call it anything at all?
Essentially because it is a very difficult thing to do. People want to be led; to be guided; to look to the external for all of the answers whether that be studying a particular style; following a guru or a god; reading self-help books or following religious teachings that may totally out of context in our time, our culture, our own lives. Worryingly we find it easier to trust someone else than we do to trust our own intuition.
Yoga means to harness or yoke. It doesn't involve separation, it is the very opposite of separation – so 'practising' yoga is the last thing that we should be separating from our lives. Yoga Like Water came about as a way of reminding people of this... We teach that yoga becomes life and life becomes yoga, in fact they were always that way. They don't struggle against each other to find their own space, and when we stop struggling we start to flow through life as smoothly as water. Yoga Like Water.
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