S1E10: Do Yoga & Spirituality Go Together?

We’re continuing our conversation about spirituality from last week, this time taking it out of our daily life and into our yoga practice. Let’s answer the age old question: do yoga & spirituality go together? Can they be separated?

There’s a few questions I wanted to answer around this subject, so buckle up, friends! Let’s talk this through!

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    March 16, 2018 at 1:22 pm

    I have not listened to the podcast yet but I will. However, I can already tell you that I DEFINITELY believe yoga and spirituality go together. I’m a Christian & I know several people who would disagree, but for me yoga and meditation can translate to prayer time or be a precursor to it. It has physical and emotional benefits which can directly assist in spiritual areas where I might be struggling. I don’t think time with God always has to be done in church, on your knees, or with a bible open – though those are all valid. I prefer to keep him in every part of my day, talking with him the way I would a close friend, so that means I pray often. When I’m washing dishes, driving, doing laundry, and even sometimes when I’m doing yoga.

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    March 16, 2018 at 2:04 pm

    I say yes. While you can practice yoga and not be spiritual in that practice, I think you are doing yourself a disservice. Yoga does wonders for the physical body, and is incredibly beneficial, but I think that the benefits increase tenfold when you allow your practice to be a spiritual journey as well. Learning to meditate, learning to find peace and quiet while holding a challenging pose, controlling the noise in your thoughts and your breath. All of these things can only help to deepen the physical aspect of the practice, not to mention help you really be come in tune with your physical body. I believe through my physical practice I have found myself spiritually and continue to improve though it. For me, they go hand in hand.

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    Abdul metha

    March 16, 2018 at 4:05 pm

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    Sarah Crowe

    March 16, 2018 at 6:55 pm

    Absolutely. Spirituality isn’t about following a particular religion or set path, it’s a deeper feeling of connectiveness to life. You can of course undertake yoga asana solely but whether this makes you a practiconer of yoga or yogi is debatable because the practice of yoga (which is designed to help understand the philosophy of yoga) encompasses deep ethics (Yamas and Nimyamas), pranyama and meditation. I often get lost in a good practice, my mind just escapes it’s confines of narrow self and that’s as much spituality as chanting mantra to Ganesh or Shiva. It’s important in the west that we maintain an understanding of the cultural history of the practice and don’t try to corrupt it for our own commercial gain, by on the one hand stripping it of its deeper concepts yet commercially marketing the same aspects in selling Mala beads etc. Namaste after all is a greeting of deep respect and acknowledgment of us being one, yet it’s spoken in the west at times like it’s just another form of slang. Om Shanthi

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    Kristen Zitting

    April 8, 2018 at 1:35 pm

    I love this! I definitely think they can go together but me personally, it’s pure physical for me. I just find myself focusing on the physical benefits of it and the relaxation that occur, but not in a spiritual way.

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    May 10, 2019 at 12:25 am

    Great podcast. I am Christian and have really only discovered my faith in the last two years. At some of the Body Balance classes I attend, I give a thought to God, thank him, ask him to be present with me during the class, I might say an internal prayer for the instructor, the owners of the gym, my family for being able to look after the children so I can get to a class, or the children being happy to come along and join in so I don’t miss out on going and other times I don’t give God any thought so those classes are purely physical. I think it depends what I need at that time as to whether I make it spiritual or not. Same goes for other times during my day, many times I am focusing on my spiritual side, and sometimes not. It just depends on the moment.

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