What is the relationship between yoga and Buddhism? Are they compatible or are they two distinct and separate paths? In this video, Michael Stone explores the connections between yoga & Buddhism, and how this relationship can impact our lives.
Perhaps you’ve had a similar experience to mine: you stumbled upon yoga, got hooked, and it changed your life for the better so much that you decided you’d become a yoga teacher. “If practicing yoga makes me feel this peaceful, happy and together, “ you thought, “imagine what teaching yoga would feel like!”
Speaking about Yoga soup and the “truth” of Yoga, I think it’s important to remember that Pattabhi Jois have been a child once. This guy was taught by Krishnamacharya. At that time, there were no primary or advanced B series! Beside, BKS Iyengar was an other student of Krishnamacharya among others and he created Iyengar Yoga, a Yoga that is far from what we practice in Ashtanga or Vinyasa! At the time Patanjali wrote the sutras, Yoga was only about the 8 limbs; “asana” was meaning “sitting with ease and comfort”. No parsvottanasana, no parvritta uttitha trikonasana, no vinyasa, no sun salutations!
If we play this game further, Raja Yoga (Patanjali’s yoga) is also a new born! Jnana Yoga, Bhakti Yoga and Karma Yoga were existing in the Vedas long before we decided to sit to meditate!
"Serve, Love, Give, Purify, Meditate, Realize
Be Good, Do Good, Be Kind, Be Compassionate
Adapt, Adjust, Accommodate
Bear Insult, Bear Injury, Highest Sadhana
Bear Insult, Bear Injury, Highest Yoga
Enquire “Who Am I?” Know Thy Self and be free
Om Tat Sat, Om Tat Sat, Om Tat Sat
Om Shanti, Om Peace, Om Shalom Om"