Yoga is personal

The traditional format for teaching yoga is very different from the group classes that are so popular now. Even the father of Modern Yoga Sri Krishnamacharya has said that “Yoga must adapt itself to the individual and not the individual to Yoga”. Krishnamacharya taught yoga as a 1:1 relationship between the Teacher and the Student.  This is because each student is unique, and so the correct yoga for each person is unique, and the Teacher dedicates him or herself to designing a practice ideally suited to the individual. Yoga is about understanding what is causing Dukham or suffering in a person and applying the correct remedy to remove it. For an adolescent boy yoga is one thing, for a middle aged professional woman , it will be something different, and yet again different for each and every person. Yoga has become a mass activity, and the result is that the uniqueness of each individual is being lost, each individual with their dreams, fears, joys and sufferings are not able to get the attention that is needed. The result is that a vital aspect of Yoga goes missing, its value to provide truly tailor made solutions to the problem of human suffering. Teaching Yoga to large groups all following a pre set routine is much easier than trying to really understand another human being and devise a program that is tailor made  for their condition, and it is true that many people prefer the anonymity of group classes, and it may be for good reason. However there is another approach, the traditional one, based on a relationship of friendship and trust and personal attention, a daily practice which aims to reveal the unique beauty of each and every human being.

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the naked human is what we are underneath. When we shed our thoughts and look calmly in the mirror upon the light of the soul. Peace and Love.
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