Broadly speaking the perception of Yoga has changed appreciably. When we compare the standard yoga of the ancients to the modern version we can see whether there are indeed changes.
In most classes, articles, books, blogs and other media sources on yoga we can see how they differ from customs of the ancients.
Some purists of the day that see contemporary yoga as being so different from the conventional that they refer to contemporary yoga as”Not Yoga”.
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Historically speaking, yoga has been taut orally and there are subtle differences between those teachers of old.
Principles of this practice were usually communicated through spiritual teaching where brief instructions were enlarged on verbally.
For example, in ancient times the outline of yoga has been be found in 196 sutras of yoga which was subsequently discussed together and elaborated upon by a teacher to student.
Furthermore, the deeper significance of Om mantra by way of instance, is detailed Upanishad and is elaborated upon orally.
This guide is not claiming that there is a single universal modern yoga… there are also many different approaches.
However, the general perceptions of yoga have made a general shift which has proved worthy of scrutiny.
So yoga like most of the early traditional practices appears to have been compromised over the centuries.
We may argue though that these inevitable changes are only a reflection of yogas ability to adapt to the changes of time.
Ancient or traditional yoga combines deep spiritual roots with physical and highly meditational practices.
The aim of traditional yoga was to attain moksha-liberation, freedom from reincarnation and recognitions of one’s own divinity.
As we have seen traditional yoga is practiced in a different manner than most popular modern styles.
An example of this may be seen when take a look at jnana yoga that doesn’t have any physical postures. Rather the emphasis is on a path of rational self-enquiry and seeks true enlightenment of a person’s true nature.
After the term yoga is used many people think of bending into different postures.
In fact, those postures, otherwise known as”asanas” traditionally weren’t part of yoga until someone called Pontanjali wrote the Yoga Sutra around 2200 years ago.
Pontanjali created postures to discipline the body and conscious link.
Ancient yoga professionals viewed asanas as a small but usable part of the clinic as a whole.
Traditional yoga styles are not a popular practice as modern yoga in Western culture, but many aspects are incorporated into today’s yoga styles.
Having said this, most yoga studios now now base their practice on a variety of physical postures/asanas.
In addition, based on the kind of yoga a typical class could be focused on physical fitness or may focus on meditation utilising some of the ancient background.
Modern day yoga does not expect the professional to aim for any kind of spiritual enlightenment. However, it may be a catalyst which enables one to achieve enlightenment.