Georg Feurstein on Yoga in the US
- View SourceIn an online article of the July/August
2003 issue of LA Yoga Magazine, the
widely recognized scholar on Yoga,
Georg Feuerstein is asked by the
interviewer Julie Deife, "How would
you describe Yoga in the US today?"
"It's a mess. And you can quote me on
that. Anything that comes to America
or the West in general, immediately
gets individualized and commercialized.
There has always been great diversity
in traditional Yoga, and this diversity
was based on the experience of masters.
Today even beginning teachers feel
qualified to innovate and create their
own trademarked Yoga system.
"So, looking at the Yoga movement today,
part of me feels very saddened by it,
but then I also see that it contains
the seeds of something better. Also,
amazingly, Yoga can be beneficial even
when it is reduced down to posture
practice. But people shortchange
themselves when they strip Yoga of
its spiritual side."
Georg Feuerstein has published many
excellent articles on his website that
are well worth reading:
In loving service,