And I really mean I’m not even going to tally the answers that I may (probably may not) get to the following question. How many of you naturally believed the saying that if you came across yoga during this existence, you probably had done yoga in a previous life? If you have never heard of such a thing, I suggest that you ask or google around for the origin of that saying. I for one went the “but of course” route as soon as I read/heard (can’t remember which) it. I am thinking that having a position on this would solve so many of the perennial differences about such things as: Which style is authentic yoga? Who is a serious yogi? Is yoga elitist? Am I doing it right? Should I quit? I think every life experience that we perceive as priceless is therefore precious. A Buddhist teacher once told me that being born into human form was such a rare occurrence as that of an underwater sea turtle’s head surfacing inside the hole of an only ring that has been floating in the ocean’s currents. I immediately assumed I had won the yoga lotto by being able to huff and puff my way through learning the Ashtanga yoga sequence even with both my Kapha disposition and my cultural baggage of perceiving all hardship as a mistake/failure in finding the best solution, working against me. I thought about this during today’s morning practice: How lucky are we in this room, to give this a shot every day.
2:37 PM Update: I found this in AYNY’s Blog-
“Sri K. Pattabhi Jois (Guruji) was fond of quoting the Bhagavad Gita, wherein Krishna proclaims that only by its practice in a previous life will an individual come to the practice of Yoga in this life—and come to it as if pulled against his or her own will by a magnet.”