Jeremy Engels is a professor at Penn State and the co-owner of Yoga Lab in State College, Pennsylvania. The Yoga Lab is known as a “guru free zone” where experimentation is embraced and no one tries to hold power over anyone else.
While there is certainly magic in practicing together in person, having to shift their practice online has come with some hidden benefits. Being in a college town, many of their students and teachers have moved away, but being able to operate remotely means having the opportunity to reconnect with prior teachers and students.
We discuss some of the myths of yoga, such as the disconnect between physical movement and spirituality, respecting where yoga came from while continuing to adapt it, how yoga can become more inclusive, and the meaning of oneness.