Yoga in general has come a long way since written texts and scriptures have shined light on where and how yoga is traditionally practiced. Ever since the twentieth century, the spread of eastern consciousness has hit millions in the west in hopes of reducing stress of modern life while providing a path to their inner spiritual self without compromising the luxuries of a western life style. The introduction of eastern philosophies has in no doubt opened the door to a diverse interpretation and modification to suite western needs while at the same time embedding itself within the core of yoga traditions. As a result of ‘yoga modernization’, I feel that it is only necessary to question where modernized practices are leading us and how we at Samadi are using tradition and modernism to improve the wellbeing of our students.
A few questions that come to mind are; do traditional practices service us now in the 21 century? Is the alteration of these yoga practices serving us in the way that they were intended too? What good is a practice if it cannot be applied to you, and if it needs to be altered in someway then are we changing the course of these practices to a degree that is no longer what it was intended for?
I think these are good questions and I believe it all comes down to how spiritual practices are being passed down to the student. There is in no doubt that beneath all of the transformation of yoga there exists a degree of truth within yoga philosophy and practice despite most contemporary schools of yoga promoting the authenticity of a tradition. Nowadays, many different forms of yoga exist from hatha yoga, vinyasa yoga, ashtanga yoga, power yoga, kundalini yoga, bhakti yoga, and so much more. All these forms of yoga lead to the exact same place, and that is a place of increased well being, inner joy, greater self love and more awareness of our actions. Among them a trickle effect takes place bringing about other benefits that comes along with practicing yoga as a whole.
In general, the process of yoga is described to constitute moral and ethical preparations, a physical practice to improve our body and energy system and internal practices to confine awareness to eventually perceive that everything is an interconnected web of oneness. In my opinion, how we get there is irrelevant whether it is traditional or not.
Samadi blends a mixture of practices that stem from traditional and new age offering tools to empowering students in taking responsibility for their choices in life. We have created a space for an inner quest to emerge. An invitation to approach a lifestyle from a holistic perspective providing everything you need to grow as an individual; life education, to healthy food choices and a sangha to connect with similar minded people.