I'm trying to read some yoga philosophy. I've been slogging away at a few books for months now. I just can't handle the fluff of yoga platitudes that are so PRESENT (to use a "yogism") in every single concept, discussion, sentence.
I have always had some serious reservations of packaging and presenting information in a completely esoteric, unreachable, untenable and impractical manner.
You might say, "Read _________, he's extremely political and so relevant!"... except... that IS the book I'm trying to get through. I just have some difficulty agreeing with paragraphs of repetitive "oneness" and comparisons to psychoanalysis (newsflash, Freudian Theory is no longer accepted in Western Psychological practices- mostly cuz the guy did coke... and it's been disproven).
Yes, recognizing the interconnectedness of each being will bring important realizations regarding how we see our everyday lives, but I have to say that David Suzuki did a much better (and more concise and clearly written) job of explaining this in his book "Sacred Balance". The discussion points were clear, the explanations weren't circular and the examples were directly relevant and backed by research. AND he had a good smattering of spirituality to top it all off.
I really want to read how we can use yoga teachings in everyday, practical situations. Sure, give me the history, the philosophy (clearly written though! no muddy, circular discussions!) but then actually discuss how this can have practical implications instead of simply a sentence about living mindfully and authentically through honesty is the TRUE representation of Satya. Or something like that. What does that even MEAN?? We rarely talk about how to apply these teachings in everyday life.
So instead we may get a bunch of people talking about "living authentically in the deliciousness of life" while simultaneously laughing at a person's writing skills, writing agressive emails regarding yoga in the park, or choosing to only support community yoga initiatives if they directly benefit your studio.
I feel as if this is where often yoga philosophy falls short. There is so much metaphorical language that when practical every day situations arise we actually have no real concept of what "living authentically" or "speaking our truth" really means.
I don't feel that we each need our cookie cutter idea of how to live the niyamas and yamas (or yogic philosophy), or that metaphor and philosophy doesn't have an important place in a person's learning, but lets please cut out the "yogisms" that, let's be real here, actually have no meaning whatsoever. They just make us sound "yogic".
But then, I've always been a fairly practical kinda gal... Anyone have any non fouffy, practical yogic philosophy suggestions that don't involve authors with initials M.S.?
(ps- related to books and reading, I LOVE LOVE LOVE this initiative by Neil Gaiman called "All Hallow's Read": the *new* tradition of giving a scary book for Halloween to your loved ones! OR, how about hosting a scary story reading complete with decorations, treats and perhaps even some wine for the grownups? OH YEAH!!)