We have the capacity to think several centuries in to the future, start the task even if it will not be fulfilled in your lifetime. This generation has a responsibility to reshape the world.”
- Dalai Lama
Definitions for the purposes of this article:
Yoga: a combination of physical, mental and spiritual practices designed to establish Divine communion with one’s True Self
Yogic culture: knowledge, lifestyle and environmental design influenced by practitioners of the ancient yoga tradition.
The idea for this article began with the intent of shedding light on the cultural appropriation of yoga and the need for its decolonization. However, I didn’t want to add my voice to an already well-worn criticism of how modern yoga has remained superficial by straying from its roots in its limited perception as form of exercise and its increasing commercialization. After deeper contemplation, I saw how this could be part of much larger mutual evolutionary process unfolding. Maybe what appeared as a 'mistake' was actually all part of plan….it certainly wouldn’t be the first time that happened.