I love how yoga is expressed in so many ways. ~*~
Each teacher has her own unique perspective or lens through which they see, understand and teach the practice. For some it is a deep dive into anatomy, body mechanics, alignment, and opening up specific parts of the body. For others, the yoga practice is seated meditation, mantra, myth, chanting, ancient texts, philosophy, dancing, prostration, devotion, breath, a prop party, acrobatics and so much more.
And in the same ways that many religions are vastly different in substance, rites and rituals, outfits and texts, are they not all effectively pointing to the same thing?
So in the yoga studio, while our methodology, experience and content may vary tremendously, I THINK, by and large, yoga teachers are trying to help folks see more clearly and find a deeper sense of contentment in their lives. And perhaps that's seeing God, or their relationships and behaviors, or just seeing/touching their toes. The practice asks us to look more closely-- to examine this life, mind, body and soul with a magnifying glass... and perhaps guide us by the hand to help us wake up from an autopilot life.
We are so fortune to have so much wisdom that has been passed down from our ancestors and offered through different and equally accurate renderings of what a yoga practice can be about.
. *SO, what is it about for you? What is the thread that runs through alignment-based Hatha yoga and also mantra, Bhakti and Bikram for example?