Some Excellent Questions about Modern “Yoga”

From Carol Horton, on the Elephant Journal.

Read her blog here.

  • What’s distinctive about modern yoga?
  • What’s its connection to the larger yoga tradition?
  • Has yoga shifted into a post-modern phase?
  • Has the explosion in the number of female teachers changed the practice?
  • How does today’s use of yoga for self-improvement compare to more traditional yogic commitments?
  • What’s the status of Samadhi, or enlightenment, in yoga culture today?
  • How much commercialization of yoga is too much, and why?
  • What’s the real and ideal relationship between representations of the body in the mainstream media versus the yoga community?
  • How could yoga be better integrated with mainstream health systems?
  • How could yoga and psychotherapy best inform one another?
  • Can yoga be a resource for political activism? Should it be?
  • Does the yoga “industry” need new forms of regulation?
  • Is it OK to label anything you want “yoga”?
  • Is yoga best understood a means of coping with or changing the world?
  • No matter how much yoga may evolve over time, does it have some essence that’s eternal?

 

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~ by kcanderson on March 21, 2011.

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