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Yoga as Religion

Yoga as Religion

“Inhale, and God approaches you. Hold the inhalation, and God remains with you. Exhale, and you approach God. Hold the exhalation, and surrender to God.”

This quote from my teacher’s teacher, Sri T. Krishnamacharya, contains a profound insight into the religious nature of Hatha Yoga. The word religion comes from the Latin religare, which means to bind or join, a meaning shared by the root of the word Yoga, yuj.