The term ‘yogi’ is used a lot but I feel as though there is quite a lot of ambiguity surrounding it. What makes someone a ‘yogi’ and how can we become one?
I think first before we think about being a yogi we have to get clear on yoga. Yoga isn’t just the physical practice, that is so emphasised in the West, but it is a whole way of life. Yoga is about aligning your life with your authentic self, and truly becoming the best person you can be. Yoga is the means and it is also the end.
Yoga is an art, a science and a philosophy. It touches the life of man at every level, physical, mental, and spiritual. It is a a practical method for making one’s life purposeful, useful and nobel. – Light On the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
Yoga is the path to walk on, so I guess that makes anyone on that path a ‘yogi’. This can look like so many different things. All our paths are different, and many will not involve ‘yoga’, but that doesn’t make you less of a yogi than someone else.
Anyone striving to become their most divine self is a yogi in my opinion. Some people may be closer than others, but all of us, our true nature is that of a yogi:
A yogi. In him friendliness, compassion, gladness and oneness flows benevolently in body, consciousness and speech to live in beatitude.
Maybe we can remember this when we are going about our lives then. We can think ‘how can I bring more friendless in? more compassion?’ Remembering this will bring us closer to our true selves, closer to happiness and closer to where we want to be in life.
A world where everyone realises that they are a yogi and acts like one would be so beautiful. We are too confused at the moment, we have become too disconnected.
Little by little though, we will remember.
We will heal and maybe together we can make this planet a better place.