Friday, October 21, 2011

Many Paths. One Destination.

Mini Blog Entry from Peru

As I travel to Peru, I have the fortunate pleasure to be with people from many walks of life. Fifteen of us traveling to a distant land. Fifteen strangers with the desire to visit a new place and experience brand new adventures. Fifteen people of different genders, sexual orientations, nationalities, ages, religious backgrounds, and even different countries of origins. On the exterior, it looks like we are a by divided group. However, as we come together and learn of our intentions on this vision quest, we come to find that we have very similar intentions. Many of us come to Peru to find a deeper connection to ourselves - to delve deeper into our truest identity.

It is like this with yoga. There are many styles of yoga: Hatha, Bhakti, Karma, Raja, and many other ways to practice. I recently read in T.K.V. Desikachar's book, The Heart of Yoga, that although there are many styles of yoga, they all lead to the same place. These many spokes of the wheel all lead to the center intention: Enlightenment. It really does not matter what style of yoga you decide to practice, just as long as you DO practice. We are all headed in the same direction. So if you choose to sit and practice Pranayama or experience dynamic movement and poses in an Ashtanga Vinyasa class, you are headed in the same direction. If you decide to sing devotions to Siva in Bhakti Yoga or sweat in a 106 degree studio while doing Bikram Yoga, you are heading toward the same goal. Our paths may be different, but the destination is the same: finding your Truth. Connecting to your Divine Being.

Just practice. Namaste.

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