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“I like to define Yoga as being universal and only applicable in the present moment: anything that takes you out of the present moment is not Yoga. As there is no past and no future (they don’t exist) the present moment is all there is, which is universal. The majority of the activities of the mind are not Yoga – the mind tends to look to the future and debates endlessly on that, or looks to the past and indulges in that. The fluctuations of the mind cease when one is in complete surrender to the present moment.

Thus any tradition or technique, which by definition and application are typically “located” in past and future – do this practice and you will become enlightened, more spiritual, healthier, loose weight, better looking etc – can ultimately lead to a non-Yogic state. If Yoga is the present moment, and in the moment there is nothing but awareness, then that is all you need. Awareness is all you are. This is one of the basic contradictions of Yoga practice – are you being present versus trying to improve? Are you being aware or are you practicing a technique in order to then be aware? Any technique can easily be an obstacle to loving awareness.

At some point a Yogi has to abandon tradition and technique for the purpose of true presence and enlightenment.” Matthew Sweeney

The full blog post can be found here:

http://www.yogatemple.com/musings11.html#!the-evolution-of-ashtanga-yoga-part-ii/cped

The blog world and instagram world and Facebook world is so full of advice, promotions, and opinions, it is always refreshing to have someone write on the true nature of yoga. While I enjoy reading and learning, I find more joy in the simplicity of practicing in the present daily. I was just saying this weekend that a lot of current practices create more distractions for us than we already have and this is an impediment to true yoga. And then low and behold I find:

DavidG

So nice to see teachers speaking truth rather than truisms.

I like to talking to yoga friends just about yoga and not what other people are doing or trying to adhere to some dogmatic philosophy. The philosophy is pure and the essence is in Patanjali etc. You don’t have to keep looking for the truth, it is right there.

Sigh……practice.

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