What is Yoga?

Yoga is an age-old practice that originated in a time and place very different from ours. To try to adopt and practice it in its original form would lack authenticity – we are not Easterners, we are Westerners. This does not mean, however, that we have nothing to learn and nothing to gain from yoga; it simply means that we have to approach it differently. We have to find a way to open ourselves up and allow yoga to organically penetrate our own psyches, to let yoga make its way through the cracks and crevices that our culture has left in our beings. One of the greatest benefits yoga has to offer Westerners is a multidimensional practice that reorients our characteristic externally-driven focus on life and brings into view, our inner world. Yoga offers us a new way of seeing both ourselves and the world around us, thereby opening doorways to experiences that have been long-lost to us. What we find then is an underlying, unifying principle of life – something which connects us to everything around and within us.