Month: March 2016

Definition of “Yoga”

ˈyōɡə Defining Yoga Defining yoga in the western world has been transformed from the original meaning. The meaning of yoga is considered as a word symbolizing a challenging workout that only some may participate. However, this definition does not provide justice to the actual meaning of the word yoga. Here we will break down the literal translation and discuss ones likely experience with the term: YOGA. Defining yoga and it’s word origin: Translating the word yoga from Sanskrit, yoga is a verb used to define yoke (couple). The literal translation in Latin is jungere, also a verb but the literal translation defines yoga as to join. At The Pursuit of Yoga we have taken the literal translation and used this as our definition throughout. In the western world yoga carries a smorgasbord of meanings. Other cultures define yoga as a state of being, a way of living and a practice of communication. Along with this yoga is also defined as a religion and some consider yoga a spiritual path. Our intention is to define yoga …

What a Good Yoga Teacher will Tell You

What a Good Yoga Teacher will Tell You! A good teacher will tell you that yoga is the journey toward finding the inner you. Yoga is only yoga, so long as it is yours. So long as it brings you to a deeper understanding of yourself. A good teacher will tell you not to idealize or imitate him; to learn his methods and then over time make it yours. A good teacher will show you the way toward yourself, not to being codependent on their wisdom and expertise. Your yoga practice is your own. It’s not about idealizing, fantasizing, or romanticizing the practice of another teacher. Stay on your own path. Half the work is staying true to ourselves, in spite of the distraction of the spiritual marketplace around us. Be in your body, in your mind, in your heart––and care for yourself wisely. Be self-assured that you are as brilliant and magnificant as anyone else, and that your journey is equally worthy of love. Know that yours is a story worth telling. Believe in …