In our advice column, called Wolf Wisdom, Wolf Terry, a Bhakti Yoga teacher and writer in Denver, Colorado, answers your pressing questions about practicing asana, meditation, mantra, and more. In this post, she discusses whether or not politics have a place in our practice.
In the last few years, I’ve found the yoga community to be charged with politics. While I agree with some of what’s said, it taints the practice for me. Why can’t yoga just be yoga?
Just Be Peaceful
Dear Just Be Peaceful,
If your yoga does not center politics, social justice, and human rights, then it is not yoga. The Bhagavad Gita tells the story of Arjuna’s political struggle of going to war with his own relatives to create a just world. On the battlefield, Arjuna embarks on a spiritual journey with Krishna, the eighth incarnation of Vishnu, the great sustainer. Arjuna wrestles with…