Westernized Yoga vs. Traditional Yoga

If you ask someone today to describe what Yoga is or why one would do Yoga, you will probably get an answer such as "Yoga improves your health and fitness by stretching, strengthening, building one's core," etc. These are entirely Western concepts though. Some people may also say that it may make you a better person and that maybe you become enlightened even though the details of how the exercises are supposed to make that happen remain murky.

Traditional Yoga, as described in texts dating back hundreds of years ago (such as the Hatha Yoga Pradipika or the later Geranda Samhita), has very little in common with the experience you get today when going to a Yoga studio. So what are the differences and why would you be interested in Traditional Yoga?read more