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Yoga Pose Myths: It's About Time!
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7VnHi7Iu8_8

I have long been hesitant to take up much of anything of yoga because something in me said that the information I had was seriously lacking. All the references I found were of the attitude that the spiritual aspects of yoga was all about work and energy. I could just go for a walk for that and have found a long walk to be very beneficial to my spirituality. Why contort my body into odd shapes? Is there really no meaning beyond working up a sweat?

Then of course there is the cost. Get this special diet food. Get the fancy clothing. Use the right essential oils. Get the right crystals. But WHY? Where is the spiritual significance? And who decided it? When did they decide it? It often turned out that much of what I 'need' for the practice was entirely new age with very little explanation. Modern myth is fine, but not when it lacks any symbolism or meaning beyond how much money you spend. I could just give my loose change to the homeless and do more for the world and my sense of well being.

Thankfully, Alanna has taken the time to clear some things up. In addition to the presentation I included a link for, she has made a number of YouTube posts that focus on the stories behind the poses. She's given the origins a great deal of study and shared her work. Now I and anyone else can hit up her YouTube channel and learn more about the WHY of yoga instead of the how.

Those interested in adding yoga to their lives will still need to take the time to learn about posture and alignments. There is an undeniable element of physical work involved in this form of spirituality. Nobody will do your yoga poses for you. However this offers more meaning to motions that are detailed in many books, classes, and videos for those of us who would like to know WHY.

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