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Dharma Talk: Skepticism: A Yogi's Guide

  • Bow Street Yoga 34 Bow Street Somerville, MA, 02143 United States (map)




1. a person inclined to question or doubt all accepted opinions.


Skepticism is a useful attribute for a yoga practitioner. Throughout our practice we are exposed to a myriad of concepts/maps/frameworks that are often mentioned without much context or understanding. Here are a few examples...

  • "unlock your root chakra”
  • “breath open your kidneys”
  • “this pose opens your lung meridian” 

These phrases (and others like it) can sound intriguing to some, silly to others, irritating to many or simply confusing. Being skeptical about what we hear form teachers is actually part of our job as yoga students. It allows us to question and be curious about our own experience to see if what we hear from others holds true. However, there is also a neurotic side to this impulse. I often use skepticism - which quickly leads to judgement and cynicism - to distract from what I am actually feeling in the moment. Join me in exploring the difference, and perhaps having a good chuckle at some of the funny things we heard/said in yoga class.


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