Is yoga a religion?
Let me ask you this:
Is waking content and replenished in the quiet dawn to watch the sun break the horizon a religion?
Is reminding yourself to take a full nourishing breath when you feel anxious, worried or uneasy a religion?
Is eating wholesome, satiating and delicious food a religion?
Is walking barefoot in the warm sand in the laughing with your friend a religion?
Is sitting with and comforting a loved one in their time of need a religion?
Is allowing yourself to weep at the loss of your family pet a religion?
Is taking a warm and cleansing bath infused with your favourite scents surrounded by candles and your favourite playlist a religion?
Is hiring a physiotherapist, psychologist, dietician or financial consultant when you need help a religion?
Is watching the waves crash on the shore a religion?
Is gaping mouth wide open, breathless and awestruck at the sight of a humpback whale breaching the surface a religion?
Is crying exhausted but joyous tears while cradling your newborn child a religion?
Is holding the door open for a stranger a religion?
Is lying in the grass watching the clouds drift across the immense blue sky a religion?
Is holding hope for the future a religion?
Is going to bed when you really are tired a religion?
Is living your life as a vegan, vegetarian or carnivore a religion?
Is deciding to not drink do drugs again a religion?
Is loving someone of the same sex or different skin colour a religion?
Is respecting the earth you walk on, begin grateful for the things you have, and treating all people equally a religion?
No. No they are not.
They are opportunities to live life from a place of compassion and truth, generosity and appreciation, and respect and acknowledgement of the diversity at which moment by moment life unfolds.
Yoga is not a religion. Yoga is a way of thinking and reflecting, of practicing and behaving, and the ultimate surrender in recognizing your Self.