Instagram post by @markrobberds Mark Robberds

It was not Instagram that killed yoga, ‘Sivananda Buried Yoga’ long before that. In case you’re wondering about the reference, then I suggest you read Yogi Manmoyanand’s provocative book from 2008. In essence, the point is that the original purpose of Yoga was/is radical self-transcendence - the process of realising that we are not the body or the mind. Yet at some point in history, Yoga became about physical fitness and healing diseases and ailments through yoga postures and breathing techniques. It became about stress management through meditation.
The challenging reality behind this is that it was not the cultural appropriation of westerners that lead to this change in the meaning and purpose of Yoga. This movement was started by Indian teachers. Western culture has simply run with it and due to the current trend of globalisation and the rise of the universal mono-culture, the Yoga scene has become “Americanised”. Yet, what came first - the chicken or the egg? If you come to India and visit Goa, Mysore or Rishikesh, you will see the Yoga marketplace bursting at the seams with teacher trainings happening on every street corner. You’ll see kids participating in Yoga competitions. In Mumbai prominent signs on the streets are advertising Yoga as the best way to lose weight, while the newspapers are promoting the latest Beer Yoga classes.
But how did I start practicing ? How did you start? How do any of us start? We start for a multitude of reasons and I bet that the goal of leaving the world and entering Samadhi was not one of them. Yet through our humble beginnings we are introduced to the Yoga tradition and to the process of self-inquiry. Some of us will be called to go deeper into that inquiry while others will stay with more simple desires for health and happiness.
Is that a bad thing? We don’t have to look to far to see the many stories of Gurus who have fallen from grace. Enlightenment might not be all it’s cracked up to be after all. Being a loving and compassionate human being may be our greatest challenge and the highest goal of Yoga. Before we go pointing the finger at others let’s begin with our own inner work. 🙏
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@sigismondiphotography

397 Comments

  • 30w ago kefirqueen kefirqueen

    @markrobberds always! 🤸🏽‍♀️

  • 30w ago sleeping_swan_yogini sleeping_swan_yogini

    Firstly - what a beautiful photograph. Secondly Very wise words for a Friday mr Robberds 🙏

  • 30w ago kimberley.yoga kimberley.yoga

    @cat_hac this ❤️🙏🏽❤️🙏🏽❤️🙏🏽

  • 30w ago namasteads namasteads

    “Yoga Competition” seems like the biggest oxymoron ... ever! 🤔

  • 30w ago markrobberds markrobberds

    @katkayoga thanks- hope you’re having a great 2018 so far! 💕

  • 30w ago markrobberds markrobberds

    @seanphelpslife thanks mate 🙏

  • 30w ago alexmoon alexmoon

    Great post 🙏

  • 30w ago katkayoga katkayoga

    @markrobberds actually I am 😉 I belive you and Deepika have a great 2018 too. Do you already have dates for HYW Goa retreat for this year? 😊

  • 30w ago sarahgaraux sarahgaraux

    Lovely post. Thank you

  • 30w ago maria_herminia maria_herminia

    beautiful post mark 🖐🏼

  • 30w ago maria_herminia maria_herminia

    @ministryofyogauk @paul_ravens_croft

  • 30w ago billywudev billywudev

    Well said sir! This is why I practice and think everyone should.

  • 30w ago markrobberds markrobberds

    @sarahgaraux 🙏🙏🙏

  • 30w ago billywudev billywudev

    @tenadev I love this.

  • 30w ago ms.sheriff25 ms.sheriff25

    @markrobberds You insist the choice of book or title is incidental? And there is no mal intent? Perhaps if you keep repeating this often enough you could whitewash it. Or that the smokescreen of vague concern over the direction yoga is taking or textbook humility at the end of your post does not hide the fact that your post is divisive and polarising. And you should choose to post it on a day everybody is celebrating love is beyond ironical.

  • 30w ago natashamoskaljov natashamoskaljov

    Great post! In the end it all comes down to the individual, to the who, not the what. We’re all in our own process, and it unfolds for all of us in a different way and pace. Reading the Yoga Makaranda now I learned how this knowledge of yoga was kept for a few, and those few chose wisely who they will pass it on to. Now that it’s available to all of us in so many forms it’s only natural that we’ll take it in whichever way we are able and willing to, creating a beautiful mess of paradox that we can witness today. I’m just grateful that it came my way as well. 💙

  • 30w ago elianaisme elianaisme

    Beautiful 🧡

  • 30w ago rachelridleyyoga rachelridleyyoga

    Love this post!

  • 30w ago sstutz29 sstutz29

    This is so interesting! I came to yoga with no knowledge of Samadhi. Now that I know about Samadhi, I'm not sure I'm concerned with getting there, but Yoga still calls to me. I want to discover my inner guidance, my inner Guru, and I enjoy the relief I feel from the struggles of my mind. Maybe Samadhi is for another lifetime. 🕉 Thank you for this. 🙏

  • 30w ago pandita_yoga pandita_yoga

    Wise words thank you 🙏✨♥️

  • 30w ago soleilactivewear soleilactivewear

    Love this! 💕

  • 30w ago kazjohnson1969 kazjohnson1969

    This is great.

  • 30w ago jaimetan jaimetan

    Very well said, Mark! ⚡️🙌⚡️

  • 30w ago kristinaloveyoga kristinaloveyoga

    So well said Mark 🤘🙏

  • 30w ago gudnypet gudnypet

    Well said 👌🙏

  • 30w ago cristinammay cristinammay

    Thank you for this 🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽

  • 30w ago marissalandyoga marissalandyoga

    Brilliant! Thanks for sharing 🙏🏻

  • 30w ago ikadewiyoga ikadewiyoga

    Your bend is amazing 😍😍

  • 30w ago noellerivetyoga noellerivetyoga

    💕

  • 29w ago alejandra_yogamayadd alejandra_yogamayadd

    So true 💜🙏🏼

  • 29w ago beks_fgf beks_fgf

    #namasteॐ ☯️🙏🕉

  • 29w ago angelasyoga angelasyoga

    Thank you 🙏🏻

  • 29w ago pocahontasonx pocahontasonx

    @verushkasirit

  • 29w ago luigisutera12 luigisutera12

    👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

  • 29w ago luigisutera12 luigisutera12

    @sigismondiphotography great my friend 📷

  • 29w ago agrifforama agrifforama

    Fascinating mate. You always make me think.

  • 27w ago ardiana.nolfo ardiana.nolfo

    Well said Mark🙏

  • 27w ago johnnymorantes johnnymorantes

    Amazing shot and compassionate thinking. This is amazing! Thank you for sharing love ❤

  • 24w ago dannevins dannevins

    Amen, brother. Love this.

  • 22w ago malgosy malgosy

    Well expressed 🙏🏼

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