Explore the yoga movement with Breyn Hibbs of Sol Alchemy.
During the early part of the 20th century, the teachings and practices of Patanjanli's yoga sutras (5th century CE) began making their way from East to West through figures like B.K.S. Iyengar, K. Pattabhi Jois, Indra Devi and Paramahansa Yogananda. Beginning around the 1920s through today, yoga has slowly moved from the fringes into more-mainstream American culture. What many in modern-America still don't know, however, is that 'yoga' does not just refer to the physical practice of doing yoga asana, or postures; and rather, is an 8-limbed teaching of and system for living a holistically healthy and overtly spiritual life. On one hand, yoga in America has become another 'commodity' we, as consumers, enjoy purchasing and participating in, often through the lens of 'getting a good workout.' On the other hand, the more robust teachings and esoteric aspects of the 8-limbs of yoga are slowing making their way into the mainstream. Western science and medicine continues to spend more time, energy and resources exploring and validating the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual benefits of practices like yoga and meditation. More organizations, businesses and corporations than ever before are dedicating resources to employee wellness and fulfillment endeavors that include things like 'corporate mindfulness' and 'yoga at work' programs. As all of this happens, the question arises: "what do yoga and meditation have to offer modern American culture?"