Yoga: an embrace of life

In Western society there is a great emphasis on striving for a better version of yourself. In a culture in which it is believed that life is malleable and happiness is measured in performance and development opportunities, considerable pressure to perform can arise in order to survive in ‘the game of success’.

Because, when are you good enough? Will the eternal quest for self-improvement ever come to an end?

The idea that you are not yet good enough as a human being is deeply embedded in our society and influences our choices, relationships and well-being. Not only does it affect our personal lives, it also means that the basis of many trainings, self-help books and educations are based on this same thinking. As a result, we maintain a fallacy and become further and further removed from who we are in essence: part of the same nature and life force as we experience around us: complete, connected and just right.

Because we do not consciously experience this essence, our thinking can completely take over. We think and experience because of this that we are separate and incomplete. To fill that void, we start looking for a better version of ourselves based on that thinking. And so we can end up in an eternal vicious circle.

Although this thinking has also ended up in many yoga approaches after the 14th century, due to the influence of patriarchal systems, and yoga can therefore also be a pursuit of a far-reaching ideal, the message of authentic yoga is radically different.

Yoga is relationship. An intimate relationship with your essence. With your loved ones. With the world. With life in all its aspects.

The ‘lost teachings‘ of authentic yoga offer an extremely simple and direct practice that embodies (and as a natural consequence realises) the ideals spoken of in the ancient texts as the direct participation in the essence of life.

Like an embrace of life, as simple as breathing into life itself.

Do you want to know more about the lost teachings of yoga?

You are welcome in our heart of yoga retreats (in Dutch) or in individual guidance & yoga therapy (in Dutch or English).

Juliette Reniers is (with Frank Eijkelkamp) owner of Yoga & Ayurveda retreat center The Land of Now, and Ayurvedic therapist, psychosocial counsellor and yoga therapist & teacher.

de lost teachings van yoga. Heart of yoga retreat. Yoga is relationship

Yoga is relationship. An intimate relationship with your essence. With your loved one. With the world.

With life in all its aspects.