Yoga Is Love: A Manifesto

Yoga Is Love

YOGA IS LOVE: A MANIFESTO

Our natural state is Love.

Any practice that helps bring you to this natural state is Yoga.

If your practice puts you in competition with others, it is not Yoga.

If your practice puts you in competition with yourself, it is not Yoga.

If your practice distracts you from what is present, it is not Yoga.

If your practice is injurious to your body, it is not Yoga.

If your practice makes you feel better than others, it is not Yoga.

If your practice makes you feel lesser than others, it is not Yoga.

If your practice takes you out of your head, it is not Yoga.

If your practice takes you out of your body, it is not Yoga.

Yoga is the active loving of your whole Self, mind and body.

When you are in a state of Yoga, you love other people, plants, and animals, wholly.

Yoga allows you to see your whole Self as holy.

The enlightened ones all say that God is Love.

When we are in our natural state of Love, we are in union with God.

This is Yoga.


This manifesto appeared in a previous post, and I'm considering it a first draft but I wanted to give it its own post so it's easier to share, find and comment on. This is a response to my own inquiry into the question, "What makes it Yoga?", inspired by the wildly varied world of American yoga that I've been experiencing. I'd love to hear what you think makes any practice "Yoga". Please comment below, or if you prefer to remain anonymous, email me.

Thanks for reading!

The revolution starts now.

<3 Brian