In today’s uber-connected world, where we are constantly checking mails, twitter feeds and other social media channels; the need to Unplug and de-clutter our minds becomes paramount. More than ever we need as oasis of calm through the day where we are just “being” rather than “doing”. In this era of multi-tasking, focusing on one thing without any distraction is truly priceless.
Yoga in the modern world, trains us in the Art and value of mono-tasking.
Through the history (5000 years of it) of Yoga, people have practised it for a variety of reasons. For most of that time, people did Yoga solely in search of liberation or Moksha. It’s only in the last 50-60 years that Yoga has been practised for Health and as a therapy to cure themselves from physical discomfort and disease. Sri Krishnamacharya, often titled the Father of Modern Yoga, pioneered therapy-based Yoga with the use of innovative props that patients could use to heal themselves. This was taken to the maximum extent by his student, the peerless BKS Iyengar. Iyengar Yoga is still the best form for therapy.
In the last 25 years, Yoga has slowly become a mainstream Physical fitness regimen thanks to the untiring work of Pattabhi Jois (and his student-teachers) and the spreaad of Ashtanga Yoga worldwide. Bikram’s Hot Yoga and also in India Bharat Thakur’s Artistic Yoga spawned a fitness-driven yoga style, where people came in to lose weight, tone up and get fit.
When we sat down at the start of this year to decide on what the main reason for people to take up yoga would be – now and in the years to come; we concluded that it will be in order to UNPLUG. Mindfulness has become an all-important word throughout the world, with even TIME Magazine dedicating a cover to the Mindful revolution! In many ways, modern Yoga is returning us to the roots of Yoga – where practitioners are taking to the science in order to get away from it all……just like our ancestor-Yogis decided to get away from it all and move to the sanctum of their Himalayan caves!