[QUOTE=SohamYogaStudio;77581]Yoga altogether has different purpose. Flexibility comes as a result for sure but yoga is beyond that. ?power yoga? again is wrong use of yoga because that looks more appealing to people because of word ?power?. If you are only interested in flexibility then I would suggest try any gymnastic class because then focus will only be flexibility. Yoga is meant for transformation.[/QUOTE]
OK. Deep breath.
I’ve been reading these forums for a little while, before registering and commenting myself. I’m new here so please take this with a grain of salt. BUT. I find it very off putting when anyone asks a question more related to the physical aspect / asanas of yoga and they get this same pat response. It seems very holier-than-thou and condescending to those who are legitimately expecting an actual response that addresses the question.
I get that this is a yoga forum, and yoga is more than just postures. But SO many people come to yoga through an initial desire to become more physically fit and/or flexible. I don’t see anything wrong with this. And, from what I’ve seen in a lot of comments, most of these people end up getting and understanding all of the additional benefits to yoga once they practice for a while. As in… the practice develops organically. Granted, a lot of folks likely don’t know about the entirety of yoga (the eight limbs, etc.) so I understand that some people are trying to educate. And that’s cool. But… so many responses I’ve seen are, like I said, condescending to those who might not be on the exact same path as you.
When I go to class, my teacher always says “this is YOUR practice”. And I feel like I’ve been getting a bit frustrated with some of these threads and the responses I see that essentially condemn people for wanting to know about only the physical aspect of yoga. We get it: it’s spiritual. It’s a path. There is MUCH more to yoga than asanas. But it would be nice to see people be a bit nicer about it.
As another commenter said elsewhere, these forums are public and come up for people that are simply google searching “yoga”… I wonder how many people end up moving on and not becoming involved due to a feeling of being flamed/chastised for focusing on only one part.
The fact is, in the United States, yoga IS greatly focused on the asanas. Or, at least, that’s usually what draws people to yoga in the first place. (I realize not everyone here is based in US but I am assuming the majority are) And the American mentality might not be fully equipped to view yoga in its entirety like other parts of the world do… It would be nice to see a bit more consideration for those who choose to practice their own way, with their own beliefs.