Patanjali's Sutras have been used by many as the touchstone of yoga, but like the many ancient yoga texts, they can be interpreted in many ways...there is no single interpretation of yoga.  Yoga teachers will fall on different sides of the fence as far as how much tradition and structure from the past they bring into their studio.  

My belief comes from my teacher training and my personal research that one shouldn't become overly dependant on tradition.  Of course yoga is practiced within the traditions of the past, but the practice must also be applied according to the uniqueness of each practitioner's life and situations.  

We are living and changing beings and we can learn and honor the older yogic traditions, but we can also grow beyond it by adapting and incorporating our own contemporary insights and discoveries.  Tradition can be very valuable, but our current insights that help guide us can be found in the now on our own mats.  

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Oh Jill- I sometimes wonder how people from the training are faring in their teaching, and reading your thoughts make me realize how the White Lotus tenets are so deeply ingrained in us now. Keep doing your thing woman, it is beautiful!

April 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterArielle

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