“Yoga is a Sanskrit word meaning ‘yoking’, with connotations of ‘to unite what has been seperated.’ The body and the soul are reunited; the mundane and the divine become one. In contrast, shamans in the Americas live in a world where the Creator is not seperate from the Creation, Heaven is not seperate from Earth, and Spirit and matter infuse each other. The shaman does not believe in a division between the body and the spirit, or between the visible world of form and the invisible world of eneergy. There is nothing to transend and nothing need of yoking.”
“…He knows that the visible and invisible worlds permeate and suffuse each other. The reason we have so readily accepted the Eastern version of the chakras is that it fits our myth of banishment from Eden. We have grown accoustomed to thinking that we are seperate from nature.”
– Alberto Villoldo. Shaman, Healer, Sage: How to heal yourself and others with the energy medicine of the Americas.
Upon reading this i realised that im not alone in thinking this teaching of yoga is a little confusing. As it’s also my belief that we are not seprate from the ‘creator’ (Goddess, God…whoever you believe it to be) and ‘heaven’ is not seperate from earth. The way we percieve things, the ways in which we go about our days, thought patterns and the actions we take are the key elements to being able to feel the oneness and unity with earth and the spirit. After all, we are all One. Not just with others, but with everything around us too. Including nature and animals. This teaching of yoga (to me) is a form of practise to better communicate with the spirits and earth itself. i know im connected to earth and spirit even if im not doing yoga.