Yoga As A One-Way Ticket To Happy
There are many forms of spirituality and wellness practices that have been commodified over time. If we go back through history, we can find this was done through the colonisation of many indigenous areas and states. This appropriation of spiritual practices was done particularly in a watered-down way to be adopted by colonisers depriving them of the complexity and authenticity they originally preserved.
In mainstream media, we can find many examples of where the practices lose their complexity and nuances only to be made into basic and surface-level practices. We can it in see the way yoga is advertised and practised today.
Basic is not Always the Best
First of all, were you aware that doing the same routine of yoga is not beneficial to everyone? A yoga class where people attend to follow the same structure every time will have some benefits but as many as a yoga pose routine that caters to your specific body. This is something that is only known by practitioners that have been trained properly, thoroughly and from more authentic sources.
White-washed surface-level yoga practice also has the chance to be passed down that way. People don’t even know that it is completely okay to use a prop while doing yoga, and it does not make your practice any inferior.
A Philosophical Journey
This mindset comes with commodified yoga. Yoga is more than exercise. Yoga is supposed to include specific poses to help with ailments and support your body type, age or even asthma.
It’s not always about contorting yourself into the perfect yoga pose, despite the popular Instagram posts that bring your attention to near-perfect balance. Yoga poses are just a small practice of a larger way of embodying life that has breathwork, lifestyle, meditation and mantras. It is larger than flexibility and more about gaining an attitude of self-acceptance. It is a union of body, mind and spirit. It is a philosophy, not a one-way exercise ticket to happiness.