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Why is yoga relevant today?

The paradox of our age, as described very well by the Dalai Lama, is that increasing material wealth in the West has not brought corresponding happiness. On the contrary, there are reports of increased stress, rising depression, anxiety and obesity even amongst children.

In our hectic modern world it is easy to feel fragmented, busy and pulled in different directions, between work, home and all of the demands and stresses in between. At such times we may describe ourselves as "all over the place", “I don’t know if I’m coming or going”.

It can be easy to lose touch with who we are, that core essence with which we were born. Rushing around all day it sometimes feels like the "I" inside is simply the result of the things we do all day - or the effects those things have on our minds, bodies and spirits. We may find ourselves wondering... “Is this all there is?”
The paradox of our age
“We have bigger houses, but smaller families
More conveniences, but less time
We have more degrees, but less sense
More knowledge, but less judgment
More experts, but more problems
More medicines, but less healthiness
We’ve been all the way to the moon and back
But have trouble crossing the street to meet
The new neighbours
We built more computers to hold more Information, to hold more
Copies than ever, but have less communication
We have become long on quantity, but short on quality
These are times of fast food but slow digestion
Tall man, but short character
Steep profits but shallow relationships
It is a time when there is much in the window
But nothing in the room”

Dalai Lama
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