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

  • 42w ago kefirqueen kefirqueen

    @markrobberds always! 🤸🏽‍♀️

  • 42w ago sleeping_swan_yogini sleeping_swan_yogini

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

  • 42w ago kimberley.yoga kimberley.yoga

    @cat_hac this ❤️🙏🏽❤️🙏🏽❤️🙏🏽

  • 42w ago namasteads namasteads

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

  • 42w ago markrobberds markrobberds

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

  • 42w ago markrobberds markrobberds

    @seanphelpslife thanks mate 🙏

  • 42w ago alexmoon alexmoon

    Great post 🙏

  • 42w 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? 😊

  • 42w ago sarahgaraux sarahgaraux

    Lovely post. Thank you

  • 42w ago maria_herminia maria_herminia

    beautiful post mark 🖐🏼

  • 42w ago maria_herminia maria_herminia

    @ministryofyogauk @paul_ravens_croft

  • 42w ago billywudev billywudev

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

  • 42w ago markrobberds markrobberds

    @sarahgaraux 🙏🙏🙏

  • 42w ago billywudev billywudev

    @tenadev I love this.

  • 42w 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.

  • 42w 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. 💙

  • 42w ago elianaisme elianaisme

    Beautiful 🧡

  • 42w ago rachelridleyyoga rachelridleyyoga

    Love this post!

  • 42w 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. 🙏

  • 42w ago sarahrousyoga sarahrousyoga

    Wise words thank you 🙏✨♥️

  • 42w ago soleilactivewear soleilactivewear

    Love this! 💕

  • 42w ago kazjohnson1969 kazjohnson1969

    This is great.

  • 42w ago jaimetan jaimetan

    Very well said, Mark! ⚡️🙌⚡️

  • 42w ago kristinaloveyoga kristinaloveyoga

    So well said Mark 🤘🙏

  • 42w ago gudnypet gudnypet

    Well said 👌🙏

  • 42w ago cristinammay cristinammay

    Thank you for this 🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽

  • 42w ago marissalandyoga marissalandyoga

    Brilliant! Thanks for sharing 🙏🏻

  • 42w ago ikadewiyoga ikadewiyoga

    Your bend is amazing 😍😍

  • 42w ago noellerivetyoga noellerivetyoga

    💕

  • 42w ago ale_yogamaya ale_yogamaya

    So true 💜🙏🏼

  • 41w ago beks_fgf beks_fgf

    #namasteॐ ☯️🙏🕉

  • 41w ago angelasyoga angelasyoga

    Thank you 🙏🏻

  • 41w ago pocahontasonx pocahontasonx

    @verushkasirit

  • 41w ago luigisutera12 luigisutera12

    👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

  • 41w ago luigisutera12 luigisutera12

    @sigismondiphotography great my friend 📷

  • 41w ago agrifforama agrifforama

    Fascinating mate. You always make me think.

  • 39w ago ardiana.nolfo ardiana.nolfo

    Well said Mark🙏

  • 39w ago johnnymorantes johnnymorantes

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

  • 36w ago dannevins dannevins

    Amen, brother. Love this.

  • 34w ago malgosy malgosy

    Well expressed 🙏🏼

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