Generally speaking the perception of Yoga has changed significantly. When we compare the traditional yoga of the ancients to today’s modern version we can see if there are really changes.
In most classes, articles, books, blogs and other media resources on yoga we can observe how they differ from customs of the ancients.
These modern-day practices on closer inspection are very different from those of antiquity.
Some purists of the day that see modern yoga as being so different from the traditional they refer to contemporary yoga as”Not Yoga”.
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For a miner of your spiritual Self,
Take care of your body, breath, and mind.
But do not confuse the resources and the goals.
Principles of this practice were usually communicated through spiritual teaching where brief instructions were enlarged on verbally.
By way of instance, in early times the outline of yoga was be found in 196 sutras of yoga which was subsequently discussed together and elaborated upon by a teacher to student.
Moreover, the deeper significance of Om mantra by way of example, is detailed Upanishad and is elaborated upon orally.
This guide is not claiming that there exists a single universal modern yoga… there are also many distinct approaches.
However, the general perceptions of yoga have made a general change which has proved worthy of scrutiny.
So yoga like many of the ancient traditional practices appears to have been compromised over the centuries.
We may argue though that these inevitable changes are only a reflection of yogas ability to adapt to the changes of time.
Ancient or traditional yoga combines deep spiritual roots with physical and thoroughly meditational practices.
The aim of classic yoga was to attain moksha-liberation, freedom from reincarnation and recognitions of one’s own divinity.
As we’ve seen traditional yoga is practiced in a different manner than most popular modern fashions.
An example of this can be seen when take a look at jnana yoga that doesn’t have any physical postures. Rather the emphasis is on a path of rational self-enquiry and seeks true enlightenment of a person’s true nature.
After the term yoga is used many people think of bending into various postures.
In actuality, those postures, otherwise called”asanas” traditionally were not part of yoga until someone named Pontanjali wrote the Yoga Sutra around 2200 years back.
Pontanjali created postures to discipline the body and conscious link.
Ancient yoga practitioners viewed asanas as a small but useable part of the clinic as a whole.
Traditional yoga styles are not a popular practice as modern yoga in Western civilization, but many aspects are incorporated into today’s yoga fashions.
Having said this, most yoga studios now now base their practice on many different physical postures/asanas.
Additionally, depending on the style of yoga a typical class may be focused on physical fitness or may focus on meditation utilising a number of the ancient background.
Modern day yoga doesn’t expect the practitioner to aim for any kind of spiritual enlightenment. However, it can be a catalyst that allows one to reach enlightenment.