The documentary Who owns yoga suggests that yoga and meditation are bringing the usually hostile worlds of religion and science together and are showing us that each person has the capacity to heal themselves, physically and emotionally, through self-awareness, self-observation, and reflection that yoga practice enhances.
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According to what we see in the yoga studios in the west and to the point of view shared in the documentary Yoga and diversity, it is 100% true that yoga space is occupied by privileged, white and educated women.
Yoga is a deep subject , almost bottomless , but if you would like to study about it, you should start from the very beginning. I wrote this post, as a consultation with my students, to explain what exactly are the 8 limbs of Raja Yoga
In this post I will write about Niyamas - the second limb of yoga and its relation to our practice of asanas on the mat. Niyamas are the 'dos', which means they are the core values of a yogi that aspires to reach higher levels of consciousness. There are 5 Niyamas, just the exact same as Yamas, and they include:
The Sanskrit word "asana" means a body pose or a positin that a body can take. Any pose that a body can take, a pose that has no official record or a name is also an asana. This means we all can create our own asanas, simple or difficult ones, and still it will be an effectual asana - a body pose.