Yoga, what is it?

The moment of contemplation..

started this morning with my coffee. I read a thread about a girl who asked what is a yogi. Apparently someone has told her that she is not a real yogi. I was intrigued by the question. What is a yogi? Because a yogi is typically a nickname for someone who practice yoga, to answer this question, we need to know what is yoga.

What is yoga to you?

In the Instagram world, it seems like a yogi is those who has thousands of followers and posts amazing circus-like poses each day. Some of them will make a monthly competition for their followers to win. Furthermore, most of the people in this group are wearing fancy pants, some poses in bikinis and those who poses sexy yoga in bedroom gets lots of likes. This group calls it yoga. On the other hands, I noticed a few people who strongly say that this is not yoga. Because yoga is a spiritual practice, the people in this group believes that you have to be spiritual. Consequently, it is a constant discussion – to put the arguments lightly.

The term yoga originally comes from yuj which means to yoke, to connect. It is connecting out true Self with the Divine. So yes, it is a spiritual practice. But how can we judge each other of who are really connecting and through what means? As Gandhi said, we don’t even know what our karma is, let alone judging others’? How can we say those who do Downward Facing Dog is not a true yogi? How can we say those who are sitting down are better yogi? What is the device to measure “connectedness”?

But, if we cannot ever be sure if someone is doing yoga or not, how could we ever be sure how to judge if someone is a real yogi or not?

So I think the real answer is: “It is not your business to judge others’ connection to the Divine”.

It is just between you and the Divine. You are where you’re at. If it is through your body that you connect to the divine, so be it. Remember that we each have our own path that we have to pursue fearlessly. If you are sitting in meditation, then be it. If you take one big breath and dive deep into the ocean just with one breath – yep -, then be it. That’s YOUR yoga. It is important to steer away from judgement. It is not your business what others are doing with their soul connection, and it is not others’ business of how connected you are. You are not better or worse than others in front of the Divine.

So yes. I am a yogi. You are a yogi. The guy who helps dogs but never done a western yoga class is a yogi too. We are all walking on our path to that “oneness”. We try to find the path and do what our soul is meant to do. Our journey is different although we brush and crash into this life together. Judgement screws up our journey and feed our ego.

Hence, next time someone ask you the question. Just smile. 🙂






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