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Yoga: Way to Escape Problems, or Tool to Face Them?

This is a bit of a rant. But Elephant Journal readers are used to opinionated people.

I’m opposing a popular viewpoint. You’ll have noticed it among a ton of people who practice yoga, I’m sure. Here’s how it usually goes: I’m doing my morning practice/ going to this yoga class/ living at the ashram for a while because I need to get away. Or: he does his morning practice/ goes to yoga class/ is living at the ashram for a while because he can’t handle life. Lots of yoga students, and their criticizers—it doesn’t matter which—share the same misconception.

But here’s the thing: Yoga is not a way to escape. It’s a way to become more fully engaged.

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