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Don't be a Shmogi

Don't be a Shmogi

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Published by: ebvette on Jan 05, 2012
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 ==== ====For great information on your favorite Yoga Positions, please visit this site.www.yogapositionguide.comwww.yogapositionguide.com ==== ====From Shmoga Back to Yoga I have some good news and I have some bad news. I'll start with the bad news. There has beenan attempt to hijack and kidnap yoga from us. And now the good news, you can take it back. Manypractitioners call themselves yogis or yoginis but they have taken the sacred practice of yoga andchanged it to an inaccessible and inauthentic practice. They are who I call Shmogis(ginis), orphony yogis! Many of these Shmogis have tried to take yoga away from the masses by spreadingmyths about the practice and I want us to take yoga back. Yoga is over 4,000 years old and practiced by men, women and children all over the world. Yogais the yoking or weaving together of mind, body and spirit. So why would it suddenly be subject torigid formulations, mysterious rituals or incredible physical feats? Yoga encompasses many aspects including physical postures, study of sacred philosophies,mindfulness, discipline, and meditation, acknowledging wholeness, to name a few.I personallybelieve that there are benefits to the suggested general guidelines and paths to yoga. But as youwill see below, some of these have morphed into myths that seem to keep yoga exclusive only tothose who follow very specific paths and keep all other seekers away. We must ask, why do someinsist on portraying yoga as something to be done by the young, physically beautiful, fit andacrobatic? How I discovered Yoga and You Can Too Back in 2000, I was grieving the sudden death of my mother from a rare cancer, adjusting tomoving across the country from New York to San Francisco. During that time, I had no permanent job or resources, and was dealing with other crises that lead to my physical, emotional andspiritual breakdown. I decided to try yoga as a stress management strategy. I practiced alone inmy apartment because I didn't have the money to go to a studio and didn't want to expose mybroken self to others.Slowly I realized and discovered that yoga was much more than physicalposes. At a certain point I became confused because I didn't understand its philosophical or spiritualcomponents very well. I learned through watching videos, reading books, and other literature thedifferent ways to practice that would work for me. I'm pretty stubborn so I decided to do my ownpractice and customize it to fit my physical and financial limitations. It's been more than a decadeand I still consider myself to be in the beginning phases of my yoga exploration as an integral partof my life.I have also learned that yoga as practiced in the western world has taken in fewmeandering turns away from TRUTH.
 I want to prevent others from feeling the discouragement I felt at times by exposing the myths andpropaganda perpetrated by the shmogis and industries that have over-business-fied yoga. Manywell meaning practitioners earnestly believe these myths and perpetuate them furtherexacerbating the issue. You may have completely different reasons and desires to explore yogaand every one's path is individual. But if any of the myths below dissuaded you in the past,perhaps you can now return to what is your rightful place in the world of yoga. Myths That Discourage the General Population From Practicing Yoga Paying for Yoga--I believe in energy exchange and compensation for any goods and services. Butyou should be able to practice yoga even if you can't afford it. There are some studios that allowyou to pay what you can. As long as you can give something with honor and within your meansyou can have access to their yoga studio. This arrangement obviously works better than payingsky high prices. It is also possible to be a solitary practitioner. You can practice by yourself usingvarious resources that are available and some are listed below. When your circumstances changeyou can then choose to try a studio that charges Elusive and mysterious practices-Some individuals or groups try to cloak yoga in mystery ritualsand jargon and that frightens many seekers away. Yoga brings so many benefits, physical,emotional and spiritual and like anything with so many opportunities, it should be open to anyoneat any level. Yoga can be as simple as finding a place to sit for 5 minutes a day to be still or ascomplex you wish. The point is YOU choose not others. You have to be thin, super flexible and sinewy-Yoga can be done by anyone of any age, size andphysical condition. Yoga is more than just physical poses. So even when doing certain handgestures called mudras, or simple breathing exercises, you are in essence doing yoga. Convincing you to do yoga only ONE specific way-There are many types of postures, breathingtechniques, meditation levels, philosophical depths that can be explored in yoga. But yoga is aboutlife and it's all in the balancing, yoking and going at your own pace. Different yogic practices todayemphasize different things. Some focus on reaching enlightenment, another on mastering controlover one's mind and body, others on loving kindness, and various other focuses. So it is best tofind what needs balancing in your life hence which type of yoga to begin exploring. Insisting group yoga is superior to solitary practice-- Why is group yoga emphasized? Be in agroup if you so choose to but not because you think it is absolutely necessary or superior topracticing on your own. Yes it is imperative to know how to do certain poses correctly and tounderstand the philosophy and history. Many people who practice yoga in groups do indeed feel itis useful, helpful and a very positive. However doing group yoga is a way not the only way topractice yoga. Gender-izing yoga-An illusion has been created that yoga practice is mostly for women. Byfeaturing mostly woman in the media, magazines, and advertising, this myth is perpetuated. Yogahas been practiced for thousands of years by men, women and children of all ages. Sadly manymen shy away from yoga feeling silly for even contemplating practicing it. Also men may fearfeeling out of place going to classes which are female dominated. But that is not fair to anyone.Yoga is for all and all can benefit from it
 Over-commercializing-Just one look at any yoga related material will quickly take the searcher to aworld where s/he is drowned in specialty advertisement of yoga-specific clothing, jewelry, fancyprops, philosophies, clubs, travel spots, retreats and events. But this unnecessarily monetizes asacred practice. Many of these "things", devices and such do have their benefits and place but thecost and placement is indeed suspect. Insisting yoga be done with a guru-A guru is someone that has undergone the right of passage, soto speak, in a particular path in life. Someone who has ascended to a place of wisdom and hencethe ability to lead others who are inexperienced and students into the same passage of growth andlearning. But is it an absolute necessity? Likely not. Having a guru is very personal and only youwill know if and when you want one. Exotic retreats that are treated as requirements-Retreats are lovely and a nice way to getcentered, relaxed, and rejuvenated. It is not a requirement for finding spiritual enlightenment.Hence it is not a fair or honest way to sell a very high priced luxury travel plan, Quoting fancy pose names and philosophies in Sanskrit-Sometimes some people use fancynames, terms and philosophies to intimidate the average person from practicing yoga and divingdeeper into its philosophies. Thanks to technology, the good old fashion library or book store youcan translate most terms yourself. Even pronunciation has become a big hoopla. Just check withthe original Sanskrit when possible or call it by its translated name. For example don't worry ofsaying Tadasana, just remember it is also called Mountain Pose. With time it all comes togetherlike any other language. Featuring advanced poses as the ideal to attain to be a true practitioner-The truth is that one hasto move within the limits of ones own body. Some believe, and I agree, in the idea that it is healthyto push ones self beyond what we believe to be our imitations. As long as we are careful and listento what our body wants and needs, you will be living yoga. Complicating the process needlessly with naming types of yoga practices and gurus associatedwith each.-There is a huge list of the different types of yoga you can practice. It can be veryoverwhelming. It is both interesting and beneficial to learn about the history of yoga, philosophy,branches, persons who are influential in the yoga community, etc. As long as you don't let thisdetermine whether you'll practice at all or become snobbish once you do learn a specific way thatworks best to you. It all depends on what your goals are at any given point during your explorationof yoga. Over-Sexualizing Yoga-One of the most interesting things that has happened to yoga is the oversexual-ization of it. Tantric yoga is very ancient and revered branch of yoga. It is also complex andinteresting. But if you ask the average person or do a simple search on the internet, it isconsidered and treated like a sexual practice akin to the Kama Sutra. Sexuality is an integralaspect of Tantric yoga, as is breathing, meditation, right action, and so on. Sexuality is part of ourhumanity but doesn't have to dominate it, otherwise we become unbalanced and fall into the mythtrap. Making it into competitive events-There is yet another movement to create yoga competitiveevents. These events would have persons competing for form, complexity, flexibility and all sorts

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