YOGA | East & West

Bhakti Issa Urra
2 min readJan 8, 2023

With the Feast of the Epiphany on January 6, the holidays have officially come to a close for those of us who keep to a western calendar.

Arjuna at the Battle of Kurukshetra

For those of us who incorporate eastern practices into our lives, we still have the big bang of Chinese New Year to look forward to this January 22 — the year of the black water rabbit.

an ancient illustration from the Vaimānika Shāstra

After all the holiday feasting it was great to get started once again on some yoga here at wonder | wander | world.

Two female ascetics (yoginis) — Rajasthan, India. c.1730–1740

The bane of today’s practitioner is yoga’s popularity. As with any current favorite so many have jumped on the band wagon with many eager beavers wanting to improve on a good thing.

A yogi seated in a garden, North Indian or Deccani miniature painting, c.1620–40

This ancient and ageless practice has grown unrecognizable in the zest and zealotry of today’s eager market.

The road to hell is truly paved with good intentions.

darshana systems or schools of thought

Om to y‘all but leave me and my yoga practice be.

Thank you and Happy 2023!

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Bhakti Issa Urra

canvassing consciousness, constantly curious — ever challenged & changed