Yoga-Next is a movement to take the education and practice of yoga to the Next Level!
- To promote the comprehensiveness of yoga as a science/art of self realization
- To develop and implement standards for yoga education
- To promote conscious teaching and business practices
- To be an advocate for the yoga community
About 17 million people in the US practice yoga today. To most of these people, yoga means the practice of āsanas, the physical postures that are taught and practiced in yoga studios. The yoga sutras composed by various teachers and saints over the last 5,000 years clearly say that yoga is a science of self realization. It is a comprehensive path comprising of physical, mental and spiritual practices, built on a strong foundation of morals and disciplines. Yet, majority of the yoga practitioners in the US practice only āsanas. The reluctance and hesitance to embrace yoga as a comprehensive physical, mental and spiritual practice, at such a systemic level, calls for an examination of why yoga has been reduced to a bunch of physical poses.
The Yoga-Next movement, championed by visionary yoga teachers, practitioners and conscious yoga businesses, seeks to identify the various causes for this situation and explore solutions for the same. It is a call to take the discussion on yoga to the next level, it is about stepping up to a higher consciousness realm to solve problems created in the lower consciousness realm. Systemic problems are not caused overnight; they are also not caused by just one person. All the stakeholders: yoga practitioners, yoga studios, yoga schools, makers of yoga related products and certifying agencies, have contributed to the reduction of yoga to āsanas. Yoga Next is a systemic attempt to solve systemic problems. It is a call to all stakeholders to come together and find ways to recognize and embrace the comprehensive nature of yoga.