Sunday conversation: What’s the goal of yoga?

Mid-last week, the New York Times ran a piece that opened with this: “I was an addict of ashtanga yoga for a decade. It made me strong. It made me feel superior to people who went to the gym. What it did not make me was skinny.”

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You can read our earlier post about it, but for now I want to focus on that last word: skinny.

Was Ashtanga supposed to make the author “skinny”? Is that the point or goal of the practice?

Truth be told, what is the goal of yoga for you? Health benefits surely are part of it. How much, though, is it about how you look?

I’ll admit, it plays into things for me. When I pull on the skinny jeans I bought earlier this year (after returning from teacher training with Tim Miller) and I can yank them up without unbuttoning them, my ego gets a charge. But I hope I realize it is just an offshoot of being healthier. And that my ego shouldn’t have anything to do with it.

I hope I realize that…

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