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What kind of Yoga are we practicing today?

 

Contemporary forms of yoga found in the west are considered Modern Postural Yoga. This includes everything from Astanga and Iyengar (the trendsetters of this movement) to the most contemporary forms such as Baptist and Budakon. Movement as a form of yoga was spurred by a combination of influences including Hatha Yoga, swiss calisthenics, and European trade starting around the 1700's. Yoga has become a global technology due to its evolution into a systems that is  accessible and inclusive.

These factors have birthed a multiplicity of practitioners, techniques, and practices. Modern Postural Yoga is open to every human being, no matter your religion, class, or gender. You can practice asana, meditation, spirituality, or all of the above.

I think that it is wise for us, as modern practitioners, to be so grateful that we live in a time that the bulk of yoga's wisdom is available to us. This was not always the case. This makes me want to really take advantage of this opportunity, to study the lineage that I claim to practice so that I can wield it appropriately, with true understanding. I feel that it is so important that we approach Yoga humbly, with a sincere intention of honoring the long line of traditions that have evolved into the Yoga that we love and practice today.

Courtney Thibault

Yoga is not something that I do, Yoga is my life. I have been practicing for so long and studying for so long that it feels like my whole life. To me, Yoga is a spiritual technology, an ancient spiritual technology. What do I mean by spiritual technology? Yoga is a  collection of techniques, skills, methods, and processes used for recognizing the one's spirituality. 

I began my relationship with yoga as many do with the practice of asana, yogic postures. The physical practice itself had a profound impact on me and led me to Yoga Teacher Training in Manhattan Beach, California, with Shelley Williams at YogaMittra. After teaching for some time I decided to continue on to advanced training with Shakti read more