Living on, and off the mat, as a very english yogi wrote below, is a challenging, yet worthwhile practice. It is challenging because you bring the whole of your life to the mat – the thoughts, the emotions, the embodied reactions to your ‘day to day’ trials and tribulations. It can sometimes seem a lot to bring with you, and takes time to shrug off through asana and other practices. It’s also challenging because you take your practice to the world: where you test out your new found flexibility, integrity and learning against the whirlwind of days that we label as work or life. Somewhere inbetween you will probably begin to realise that there is a sort of equilibrium to be found. Finding that balance is probably an ongoing and perhaps a life time’s work. The yoga (or other) practices tip the balance back in favour of you and rebalance the business of the days. The english yogi is intrigued with how we manage the balancing act – it’s easy to be relaxed and kind on the mat with no one around you; much harder to be relaxed and kind when everyone appears to be rallied against you. There are many practices that can help and it is the english yogi’s aim to share these here, and through links with other helpful sites.
In his spare time, the english yogi works in what some would regard to be the most darkest of arts – public relations. However the ‘yogi sees it as a necessary extension of his life as a journalist and a writer and he believes that public relations can be a noble profession. He has though, been troubled by those who view it as a dark art and more recently, he has been wondering whether public relations could be harnessed to serve the even nobler practice of yoga.
As part of his efforts to make sense of the world the ‘yogi likes to conduct research and investigate the phenomena of the world. With the help of the wider yoga fraternity he conducted a survey into the views of yoga practitioners towards public relations. If you participated – thank you. If you didn’t but wish to make your views heard – please comment below.
This study is published here: Is yoga practice at odds with public relations? You are welcome to download it and read it -and share it with others; and of course, do please post your comments and views.
One very positive finding from this research is that yoga practitioners see public relations as a tool and if used ethically, aligned with the values of yoga, it can be a force for good. The english yogi is a great fan of the buddhist concept of emptiness. He sees this as nothing merely than seeing the potential in everything and recognising that one can see something as either a force for good or for misrule and and chaos: worthwhile or not worthwhile. If we view public relations as an objective or neutral tool to use – the next question is – do you use it as a force for good, or not?
One recommendation of this work is for like-minded yoga practitioners, who are also PR practitioners, to get together – perhaps across the world ? – to work towards furthering and promoting yoga through a more ethically based public relations. If you are interested in this; again the english yogi would wish to hear from you.
The ‘yogi wishes to thank all of those who helped and contributed to this research. Namaste