Why Yoga and Meditation Shouldn’t Be Separated

In a world filled with yoga classes utilizing everything from stand up paddle boards to silk scarves hanging from the ceiling to accessorize the asanas, it is easy to lose track of the original intent of the postural practice. Asana is not just a set of exercises for a great physique. It was created as a tool for proper alignment and balancing of the physical body so that we can sit quietly in meditation to perceive our true nature. The danger of separating yoga asana from meditation is that it can actually fuel the very body identification that the yogic scriptures warn is the reason for our perception of limitation and separation. And by relegating the teaching of yoga solely to physical practice, we lose its true meaning and purpose – the unification of our individual consciousness with Universal Consciousness.

On the other hand, realigned with its intended purpose, yoga…

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