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Yoga is Bullshit

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Maybe I’m a pessimistic Gnostic, but I just don’t see the spiritual value of Western Yoga. I can see how it helps one to be healthy, connects one to the body, etc., but the Westernized version of yoga (drastically different than Vedic practices and hardly grounded in any sort of real tradition) isn’t much more than glorified stretching. It’s cool, don’t get me wrong, but 1. It does not have a system of metaphysics behind it. 2. It connects one to the body. This sounds like a good thing, and I would agree that yoga, if used for increasing mindfulness is a good thing, but if the purpose is only to tie one’s mind together with one’s body, well…this seems like an unhealthy obsession. I am trying to decrease my attachment to the body (while increasing my awareness), not develop some sort of lasting connection between the two. The connection cannot last, of course: our body is destined for the worms of the ground.

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Written by KarlH

September 20, 2013 at 8:03 pm