You may be aware that modern yoga in our culture is a highly modified and simplified version of the vast knowledge acquired and cultivated by the great thinkers and devoted practitioners that existed in the ancient India.
There can be a tendency, in the process of commercialising ancient practices, to cherry-pick and “enhance” aspects and methods in order to make them palatable and profitable in the mainstream. As Modern Postural Yoga becomes more popular and entrenched, we are seeing a groundswell of students and teachers reaching a plateau of sorts in their practice, and with a vivid curiosity seeking more information on the practices revealed and refined by the great Himalayan sages.
There is a active world-wide community of advanced practitioners who practice in the traditional manner, who maintain the original teachings, and who continually test the claims made in the ancient texts. This is my approach also; to draw upon on the perennial teachings and experiences as described and taught over the thousands of years since. I actively avoid the trappings of modern spirituality such as cults of personality, status seeking, and mass delusion.
“We have to find a way to go deeper inside, deeper in the practice. We are not stuck in a group of people just talking about asana and trying to explain how to do handstand and how to do back-bending. That knowledge is very limited and it’s unnecessary knowledge you are gaining. What you need to know is how to prepare yourself to gain greater knowledge. This is what yoga practice is about. Yoga is just an idea, like consciousness, and higher consciousness. It is like a tool.”
– Sharath Jois