There are many styles of physical yoga which allow people to explore a physical movement practise.
Phusion Living Yoga, or PLY for short, represents a yoga practice off the mat, or a way of life, that encompasses the philosophies and teachings of yoga (which are found in other spiritual and religious traditions as well). It is a commitment to bring spiritual truths and teachings into action while acknowledging we are engaged in a human experience. It is a yoga practice outside of the studio and as such challenges the ‘yogi’ to behave as a yogi.
It is a humble and lifelong approach to practising yoga in which you seek clarity on your role of service or duty in the world, the tools and platform required to fulfil this role and then set about the steady and disciplined application of the tools to carry out this task. You will be PLYing the tools of your trade.
This is the yoga of the Bhagavhad Gita and it represents an approach to yoga that places far more importance on a person’s actions outside the studio than it does on their asana practise.
When practised in this way you don’t ‘go to’ yoga or ‘forget to go’ to yoga. You are practising yoga, or you are not.
In the western world(or developed world if you like, but you know what I mean) an honest yoga practise can take a back seat to business. Being seen and being beautiful has become important. Rather than address the issues of materialism and disconnectedness that continue to ail us, our approach to yoga seems to have found its way into the very world it has the potential to heal.
And this is OK. People will take what they want from the yoga experience and there is no right or wrong. Personally, I no longer refer to myself as a yogi, or any other label for that matter. I am a human being who is trying very hard to express who I am in service of others.
Phsuion Living Yoga is your practice off the mat and whether you are ‘doing yoga’, or not, is dependent on the integrity of your behaviour beyond the studio.
Experiencing yoga in this way is not for everyone and it is challenging. But it is also beautiful, maybe not so much in its presentation, but in its essence. It’s akin to practising yoga in silence; no speaking, no preaching – only action.
It is the yoga that Paramahansa Yogananda was hoping we would adopt when he worked so hard to introduce yoga to the west.