Yoga as religion

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One of things I notice frequently is how devout people are to practicing yoga, especially from the west. It’s not surprising as any culture that has removed their own tradition, religion, and values will crave for spirituality, norms, and most importantly a routine.

Yesterday was the international yoga day, and plenty of people have taken part in this ritual. It is being celebrated in almost every corner of the globe, except in some places. I was never into yoga as people in my country rarely take part, however for women they take these classes like a religion. The key difference is yoga can be done by anyone without any affiliation to any spiritual order, there are those who do it for keeping their body fit, whilst others do it to keep their mind focused and relaxed, then there is the practice of spirituality and meditation, as well as learning the values in everyday life.

Any group that is increasingly becoming secular, yet trashing their own culture and heritage, will be devoid of any social structure. They will crave for spirituality, a routine and meaning, as can be seen in anglo women. The norms, values, and spirituality from this ancient practice is being widely accepted into the lives of people who crave for it. However, the anglo women will use the platform of yoga to signal it for other uses.

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Practicing yoga has now become a fashion, it is now part of the broader culture in the west to wear yoga pants, show off their hot body, and signal virtue of their devotion. It has become in some aspects by women to showcase their beauty, which falls under the intersexual selection hypothesis.

As people are now given a routine, that will keep them physically fit, spiritually relaxed they will follow this ancient practice and bring it into their everyday lives. Whether this religion will bring beneficial results remains to be seen, however it is much better to have it in society, rather than devolve to other poisonous ideology, it’s popularity ever increasing shows it’s potential.

East or West

One of things that I like doing is taking pictures of places that most people don’t bother to look. In the early morning whenever I got out to explore Bali, I was exposed to the beautiful ritual by women, who wore traditional dress and offer their blessings for a good day.

While on the right side of the picture, an anglo women is wearing a neck pillow, with shades and snoring her way to another country, these are two very contrasting pictures. One women appears spiritually in peace, devout to her culture, religion, customs; whereas the other one is discontent, uneasy, devoid of any life. Every time I would walk past the road the local women would acknowledge my presence, greet me with a smile, while an anglo woman didn’t ever bother to manage a smile.

This made me question about how critical the culture plays in shaping human behavior, obviously there are genetic differences, however it cannot take hold of how people would conduct themselves in an environment with unlimited behavioral possibilities. Any nation, society, group will fall into chaos without a proper culture, as can be seen from the picture above. Even though the western girl is travelling at the speed of sound, thousands of feet up in the air, exploring continents, she is devoid of any spirituality, happiness, connection with the outside world.

Often times I wonder how much romantic consumerism is infecting people with ideals, one doesn’t necessarily need to hop from one place to another to feel ‘ecstatic’, as touring places I found many people who never traveled outside their own country yet they were full of joy.

Without a proper decent culture and spirituality, any nation will fall into chaos, it’s society will not function, it’s structure will crumble, in it’s weakness another conquering culture will take over as can be seen in the world.