YOGA DAY USA AND THE DISTORTION OF YOGA IN AMERICA
To understand the distortion of Yoga in America one need look no
further than Yoga Day USA scheduled for January 28, 2006.
USA (PRWEB) January 24, 2006 -- For thousands of years Yoga referred
to the realization through direct experience of the preexisting union
between Atman and Brahman, Jivatman and Paramatman, and Shiva and
Shakti, or the realization of Purusha standing alone as separate from
Prakriti. If you are not familiar with these or other such terms, and
yet think you are familiar with Yoga, it may be because you have
heard little of the more authentic meanings, goals and practices of
Yoga, while also having heard little of the true roots of Yoga.
To see the distortion of Yoga in America over recent decades, one
need go no further than Yoga Day USA, which is scheduled for January
28, 2006. In their website (YogaDayUSA.org) and press release the
promoters state that the "Top 10 Reasons to Try Yoga" or "to `Make
the Connection'" with Yoga are stress relief, pain relief, better
breathing, flexibility, increased strength, weight management,
improved circulation, cardiovascular conditioning, better body
alignment, and focus on the present for health reasons. The authentic
reasons for Yoga seem to be not even worthy of mention in their Top
10 Reasons for Yoga.
Yoga Alliance, the sponsor of Yoga Day describes itself on the
YogaDayUSA.org website as "the leader in setting educational
standards for yoga schools and teachers." However, while they claim
this authority, they do not see fit to acknowledge or include in
their Yoga Day promotions the fact that the roots of Yoga come from
the ancient tradition of Sanatana Dharma, out of which has grown
Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism and other traditions.
Interestingly, while the Yoga Day promotions do not acknowledge the
root of Yoga, many religious leaders in America who are opposed to
Yoga for religious reasons are very quick to point out the authentic
roots of Yoga, effectively reversing the roles of promoters and
To counterbalance the recent distortion of Yoga in America, there is
a slowly increasing presence of scholars, teachers, religious
leaders, teaching institutions and organizations that are speaking
out about the true nature of Yoga and its goals. Individual seekers
and media who are interested in knowing more about authentic Yoga can
easily find these organizations and their spokespeople.