How is Evolutionary Yoga different from other kinds of Yoga?

To answer this question, I’d like to talk about the framework of Evolutionary Yoga: its foundation, its various elements, influences, and the interrelationship between these different elements.  I’d also like to explain why it is important that we harmonize these complementary disciplines at this time in our world culture.

First of all, let’s orient ourselves by reflecting on one of the most basic meanings of the word ‘yoga.’  Yoga means ‘to unite, to merge.’  A living art and science, Evolutionary Yoga realizes this meaning through the merging of old and new, ancient and modern.  Truly, Evolutionary Yoga is part of a long tradition of exchange and integration that has gone on for centuries between India and China, between east and west, between established tradition and innovation.  However, this is an unprecedented time in history for many reasons.  One major change that has impacted on contemporary culture is the opening of China and the influence of Traditional Chinese Medicine.  Ambassadors of Hatha Yoga from India have been coming to the west for much of this century, especially since the 60’s.  The yoga from China, known as Qigong, has had less of an influence, until recently.  When China began to share its cultural heritage, ambassadors of Qigong were able to share their wealth of information with the western world. 

Another undeniable influence in our day is the development of technology and the accelerated exchange of information.  There is a vast amount of information available now to almost all who seek.  I believe that this is really an externalization of the vast, internal wealth of information available to us all from within. It has been my experience that the sacred texts are written in the body; they are yours to read, to discover if you take the time.  This sourcing of internal knowledge is only available through deep, personal exploration.  Within Evolutionary Yoga, ancient and modern merge to facilitate this internal quest. 

Finally, a short word about that which cannot be taught or learned, that which is beyond epoch, beyond cognition or knowing.  This is the unknown.  That which cannot be known because it is not of language, material, memory, or mind.  It is.