During our weekend classes, the relationship of Yoga Practice to Asana Practice arose.
Are Asana Practices necessarily Yoga Practices? Are Yoga Practices necessarily Asana Practices? Are most of us truly going to a Yoga Class, or are some of us simply attending an Asana Practice? Does it matter?
Maybe it does matter. Whether one is more beneficial to a practitioner is dependent on what the objectives for attendance may be. Success can be measured by the amount one realizes their objectives in any given activity.
What is our objective(s) in the practice? At times are we teachers simply fitness instructors? I identified myself as a fitness instructor earlier today and a colleague looked at me disapprovingly. Who is to say that we are not only physical fitness instructors, as well as mental fitness instructors and spiritual fitness instructors.
Is it necessary to draw deep lines of distinction between our perspectives on this subject? Clearly, no. Afterall, it is all yoga! Or, is it?