Is yoga a kind of religion? It seems like yoga is often thought of as a religious practice with the various Hindu deities, chants, new age language about the divine powers of the "universe" and devotional hymns. The practice could be construed as a religion and the studio a temple with the rituals, greetings and protection of the space as sacred. How is yoga not a religion and just a form or spirituality and what is the difference between the two?
While I am sure that the philosophy of yoga will vary according to who you speak to, my basic version can enhance your life. The simple philosophy of yoga can be applied even in our lives over 3000 years after yoga was documented. Yoga is a practice of developing your mind and body's energies to produce a happier and healthier lifestyle. My philosophy? Be good to yourself and share the good with others.