Yoga (why thinking of “yoga” as a noun is limiting)

In the English language, the Sanskrit term “yoga” has been limited to function as a noun, like… Pilates, or Zumba, so one can say: “I am doing yoga,” or “I am going to yoga class.”

When I studied yoga in India, in the paramparai (lineage) of Dr. Swami Gitananda Giri Guru Maharaj, I learned that “yoga is a way of life.” Indeed. It is not only a form of exercise that I “do” twice a week. It can be that, but that is not IT.

Yoga is also a verb, a movement, the act of becoming, falling and rising, undoing and doing, apparently not doing anything, and ultimately, evolving.


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