The Cult of Yoga and Meditation

As a Dru Yoga teacher, I sometimes get asked if yoga is a cult. Yoga students have asked me if they are being brainwashed when they do a deep relaxation or a Dru meditation.


Yoga is one of the oldest forms of exercise on the planet, and because it has its origins in India, it can attract suspicion or accusations of being ‘cult-like’. Not everyone likes feeling calm and relaxed, and the fact that some yoga teachers include Sanskrit words or the odd ‘Om’ sessions can raise a few eyebrows from the ultra cynical.


When American Yoga teacher Kino MacGregor wrote recently in the Huffington Post that Meditation is in fact a cult and does brain wash, I’m sure that more than just a few eyebrows were raised. However, Kino writes that we need our brains washing because they are dirty – full of negative thoughts. Kino writes:


‘The whole spiritual path is a brainwashing. And a deep, thorough brainwashing is exactly what we need. Our thoughts are dirty. We need to wash and clean our thoughts and run them through the tumble dryer to make sure all the stains, dirt and lint are removed.

Think about how many negative thoughts go through your mind on a daily basis. Your mind may be sullied with low self-confidence, anger, frustration, lack of empathy, impatience, anxiety or depression. There are also the repetitive negative thoughts that surface when you least expect them to. These are all stains on the fabric of consciousness, and these thoughts need to be washed out.’


So our Dru Yoga and meditation practice can be a way of purifying those negative thoughts, painful memories and self-doubts which can bring us so much mental misery. I personally find that just ten minutes of practice a day keeps my thoughts clear and positive and I make sure I include Dru Yoga’s Energy Block Releases, The Sun Sequence, a few moments of meditation and a deep relaxation – after that – my mind feels completely washed clean and I’m ready to have a great day!


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