Monday, January 31, 2011
Resist the Labels!
Our American Society likes labels. We all do. Labels help us to feel safe. Labels help us to identify groups, movements and people. Labels also help us narrow down our prejudices.
"She's a Scientologist, so I ain't effin with her!"
"He's a Vegan, so he must be into yoga and crystals, all those sandal wearing patchouli mofo's right?"
"Her hair is locked so she must be a liberal?"
See what I mean?
How can you do yoga and be a Christian? Isn't yoga and Eastern Philosophy at odds with Christianity?
Now ask yourself, Isn't Christianity an Afrikan Originated Religion? The Bible says so. Doesn't the Bible's narratives and most of it's characters reside in Afrika or in the so called Middle East? The answer to both questions is yes. Christians come in all colors and in almost every country. Are we all the same? Of course, not! Christians and the Christian Church is diverse and while we agree on certain things we disagree passionately on others.
Yoga means Unity between your mind, body, spirit with the Divine Source. (Your God) It is part of the Eight fold path. What Yoga does not attempt to do is define your version of the Divine. Sure, the Hindu scholars have the Brahman Scriptures (The Vedas) The Gita, The Upanishads and all those help in understanding the orgins of the asanas (poses) But Yoga and the people who practice it are diverse. There's Kemetic Yoga, There's Sufi Grinds that have been added to the asanas. It's all on the practitioner.
I practice the Kriya Babaji Najaraj style Yoga as practiced by the 18 Tamil Siddhas and Guru Yogiar SAA Ramiah. The Tamils gave the Aryans a Written language (Sanskit) to go with the Aryan spoken language. Yoga and Yogic Philosophy did not begin in India, or with the Aryans but with the Tamils and others before it. I have added Vinyasa Flow cause I like the Cardio.
BE Fluid! BE Flexible! Openly resist the Labels!
Om Shanti Baby!
BE Prayerful! BE Mindful! BE Careful!