I’m truly in awe of yoga’s expanse throughout the world in the last 30 years. Yoga is celebrated by so many walks of life and this has generated an interconnected web of communication and empowerment. Yoga means “to yoke,” which draws us together and connects us more as a collective force. As we stand at the precipice of a world facing increasing amounts of crisis, the global yoga connection is rising in ways that we could not see 30 years ago.
At the heart of yoga, there is awakening through direct realization, transformation, and regeneration from within. The more we wake up, the greater our power as a whole. We genuinely practice for the benefit of all beings.
The Yoga That Will Move Us Forward
My wish for the future of yoga is a deepening commitment to the practices that truly serve to integrate us, including: traditional yoga practices along with shadow work, conscious communication, emotional intimacy, leadership skills, and earth ceremony.
It is time to become more aware of spiritual bypassing and acknowledge our vulnerability and even the pitfalls of our practices. For me, the “advanced yogi” is the one who can keep their heart open in the midst of conflict, turn toward their pain with genuine compassion, step into collaboration versus competition, and cultivate real intimacy with self and others.
Sometimes, the surface glamour of the practice can elude us from our deeper work and we unconsciously use the practice to escape our pain. By turning toward our personal shadow, we can attend to the collective shadow in a more conscious way without so much blame, shame, and guilt. We release the name-calling and take greater responsibility for true transformation individually and collectively.
How to Start Practicing This Advanced Work NOW
Can we ask ourselves the toughest questions and allow our hearts to crack open in the most vulnerable ways? Where are we avoiding our pain? What unresolved wounds can we lovingly and compassionately attend to? With transparency, realness, and dedication, we become much more grounded in the real inner work and rise together in our transformation.
The future of yoga is calling us to leadership and the cultivation of the true human warrior for sustaining humanity. Collaboration and Community are essential in this waking up. This means we must be willing to release the sense of competition through social media and business paradigms, and really anchor the power of the collective whole.
Sianna Sherman’s Vision for Yoga’s Future
This is what I see for the future of yoga: honesty, vulnerability, intimacy, collaboration, and deep compassion for the hero/heroine’s journey we are all walking. We remember that we’re all in this together and we really are family.
The heart of the indigenous soul is waking up again in each of us. I see the future of yoga as a returning home to the Earth and the remembrance that we are all Earth Guardians for our beautiful planet.
With the rising tide of yoga all around the world, I have immense hope for humanity as a whole. Now is our time to yoke together, regardless of the style of yoga we practice. Yoga has been exalted in our lifetime so we can join together as a collective heart tribe in a grounded, conscious way that truly makes a difference.