The evolution of classical yoga to the culture of a new yoga feeling and a new yoga will
The culture of yoga goes back to the ancient Indian culture in the time of Vedanta. Because our times are so different, the more ancient yoga perceptions and the often even ascetic actions of will cannot be applied to our present time. All exercises, like the physical exercises of yoga, the breathing exercises, and ultimately even the meditation exercises need content that has been selected and reformulated so that these exercises do not remove people from social life, but rather connect them meaningfully and harmoniously with the most varied developmental processes of the present day.
The simple saying “yoga is a teaching of body, soul and spirit” can have a very seductive effect on a person of the modern day, as he seeks, directly through his practice, to enter into a unity of these three parts. But for the new yoga feeling, a careful understanding of the physical body is needed, then of the soul conditions and not least of the spiritual realities. For the modern citizen would go astray if he did not understand these different parts adequately and entered into a seeming unity of body, soul and spirit. The yoga that strives for a connection between the different parts and levels of human existence must distinguish itself through careful courses of study so that emotional errors are excluded on the path and the practitioner practises yoga in the form of meditations and other exercises with a fully personal insight and freedom. (Heinz Grill)