yoga rant: escapist or taking action? you pick. for Elephant Journal
September 1, 2010
This is a bit of a rant. But Elephant Journal readers are used to opinionated people.
CHECKED OUT I’m opposing a popular viewpoint. You’ll have noticed it among a ton of people who practice yoga, I’m sure. Here’s how it usually goes: I’m doing my morning practice/ going to this yoga class/ living at the ashram for a while because I need to get away. Or: he does his morning practice/ goes to yoga class/ is living at the ashram for a while because he can’t handle life. Lots of yoga students, and their criticizers—it doesn’t matter which—share the same misconception.
But here’s the thing: Yoga is not a way to escape. It’s a way to become more fully engaged.