I just read this article over at Elephant – which is what is inspiring this post.
People fear yoga.
People fear yoga for a few big, common reasons. One is – they fear yoga because they start doing yoga, realize it’s changing them… opening them to new ideas – connecting them to who they really are – and that scares the shit out of them. Nothing like threatening your ego to inspire fear – and then make excuses to stop doing something and stay stuck where you are. This, I will address in a future post – stay tuned.
Another reason people fear yoga is they feel it’s a threat to their religion.
Well, honestly, it might be.
However – it’s only a threat to your religious beliefs, if you are already, somehow questioning them… or you aren’t actually deep down in your core aligned with them.
If you’re not already standing solidly in what you believe spiritually – then it can be changed. And yoga just might be the vehicle to change it.
And if that notion scares you – then maybe you should take a long hard look at what you say you believe spiritually.
Yoga – at it’s pure core – means union. As in unifying you to who you are – deep down – in your soul.
And, if you’re not already deeply connected to that person, guess what? Chances are good, your soul is trying to tell you something and you’re not listening. Yoga is going to reconnect you to your soul, and you’re going to start listening. And that is going to mean change will happen. And yes – maybe even a change in “religion.”
Honestly, I’m so tired of bumping up against religious leaders, and overzealous followers who tell people to stay away from yoga because it’s somehow going to be a threat to their spiritual beliefs…
Christians do yoga and remain Christian. Muslims do yoga and remain muslim. I could go on and on…
I did yoga and went from calling myself a Christian to becoming a Buddhist… but hey – that’s just me. I already had issues with what the Christian Church calls spirituality – and really – ask anyone in my inner circle and they’ll tell you that I always had issues with that… it just took yoga for me to get reconnected with myself, and stand up for what I really believe in.