There are so many definitions of yoga. I am going to give you one that you may not have read before. After lifetimes of yoga and 40 + years this time around, I can tell you a few things it is and it is not.
1. Doing what connects you to you.
2. It is about opening up. Using the angles of your body to do what they were made to do. Move and open your gifts unto you.
3. Asanas or postures are great, but they are a method to a means not the means itself.
4. There are many ways of yoga, not types but ways:
a. There is the sound current, the naad;
b. There is the mudras or hand positions that bring balance;
c. There are the countless types of breathing for the many aspects of our lives; and
d. There is the understanding of the penetration of the body with all these ways.
5. There is understanding and standing under the sacredness of the body as a humble container of the soul, your soul. Treating it as sacred. Eating, breathing, chanting, meditating. speaking, and moving from that sacred instead of scared space.
It is not:
1. Doing the things that harm the body. All the bodies, you have 10, from very subtle to very gross (physical).
2. Speaking in a way that does not serve your connection, your unity.
3. Acting as if you are separate from others. Better or Worse.
4. Using only your 5 senses and forgetting your 6th sense (intuition) and above as your consultants.
5. Losing the joy of life. Feeling hopeless and helpless.
Yoga, the word, has come to mean positions that are done in a class, on a mat not the yoga of life. That is the part that is most important. How do you bring this feeling of connectivity, openness that yoga bestows into the life you live. That is the grace and power of yoga. That is the true living yoga. That you go all out in your life. That you become a light and radiance to others no matter what is happening in your life. That you ask for help with the heavy lifting (the load of life). That you are open to the change that accompanies all lives. That you feel Divinely connected even when it may feel that God must hate you or it wouldn’t be this hard. Using the tools of yoga to get back to the life of yoga. The tools are not the yoga they are the tools needed to get there. If you are only doing asanas, the postures, and think you are doing yoga, please realize this is not true. You are doing certain postures, but without the lifestyle. You are letting yoga do you and not doing yoga for you. Yoga needs to do you, to be you. So you are what can allow others to experience the connection, the yoga of life.
All love and blessings in the Divine.