Recently we received a magazine about yoga. It was filled with many glamorous ads of yoga festivals and yoga conferences sponsored by the magazine. These ads showcased 100's of teachers and styles of yoga which creates the idea that yoga is about variety. "Why only learn from one teacher, when you can learn from a hundred different teachers in one weekend at our magazine's yoga conference!" People are believing by these popular magazine ads into thinking they need a variety of teachers and should have multiple styles of yoga under their belt. This mindset has created a wave of students who only seek variety and pleasure. This mindset has a name that is very different from the mindset of discipline in a yoga practice. The need to feel pleasure in yoga class is called Bhoga.
Bhoga is living for the sensation of pleasure while, Yoga is the practice of joyful discipline. In yoga there is order and focus. Yoga is a unique practice. It is one that doesn't require a variety of ideas or opinions. In fact, you don't even need to know a variety of postures (asanas) in order to practice yoga.
Many yoga classes are not truly yoga-asana and are actually Bhoga-asana, because they eliminate a very important aspect of what constitutes as a yoga practice: constant discipline (tapas). Tapas is challenging and requires dedication, strength and an open mind.
Bhogis always believe there is something better than what they have. A better yoga teacher or a better path to learn and boghis tend to bounce from teacher to teacher never really gaining a firm foundation. The joy for a bhoga student comes solely from pleasure and when faced with challenge, they vanish looking for "variety". Students of yoga can stick with a yoga practice through thick and thin, because they understand that consistency is magical. Yoga students learn to work through challenge, knowing the the true joy of yoga is not elsewhere, but right where they are now. In the present.
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College Park Yoga
1837 Edgewater Drive. Orlando, FL 32804