Wilmington Delaware Amtrak Station

I witnessed this family standing on the train platform while I was listening to a teleseminar from Paul Muller-Ortega on the “four stages of the word.” That a family dressed this way was waiting for the train gave rise to much thought for me about how I seek to integrate yoga practice into my daily life in a modern Western culture. How much is compromise or disservice to the “purity” of the teachings and how much of it is a part of a pulsing, growing, changing intersection of peoples and times?

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  1. Dan

    “How much is compromise or disservice to the “purity” of the teachings and how much of it is a part of a pulsing, growing, changing intersection of peoples and times?”

    Yep, this is the hard question: where do you compromise? — or is it a compromise, or simply evolution in response to changing times?

    Or to put it another way: Looking at the Amish people in the photo makes me think there’s something to be said for plain dress; when everyone dresses the same, you can focus on the people rather than the clothing. At the same time, plain dress does seem a bit too rigid.

    I don’t think there’s a final answer to all this. It’s a balancing act.

  2. jane jackson

    glad you put “purity” in quotes… have you read the book Yoga Body by Mark Singleton? Makes the case for pulsing growing changing intersection, in my understanding.

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