Do you do yoga? You probably know someone who does, or at least has tried to. What were you/they looking for when you first gave it a shot? Was it merely for exercise and fitness or was it a spiritual or religious thing? What sorts of results were you or they hoping for?
If you asked each of the 15 million yoga-practicing Americans these questions, the answers would be as different as the people are to each other. Author and spiritual teacher Shahram Shiva ruminated this week on this current state of yoga in a piece at The Huffington Post. Shiva uses statistical evidence to define the current demographics pushing “The Yoga Generation” into the mainstream: predominantly young, typically female, and often fairly wealthy. Yoga is a $27 million industry and it’s dominated by millennials:
“Moderate yoga is actually a great exercise and lifestyle. The combination of breathing techniques, focused stretching mixed with healthy diet, relaxation, and meditation is truly a foolproof mind and body discipline.
As a long time Rumi lover and teacher of advanced spirituality, I have been practicing various aspects of yoga since childhood and it’s heartwarming to see large groups of people embracing this ancient mind and body toning in droves especially in our high-stress urban areas.” Continue reading >>