Yoga is a Celebration of Life

By Éric Baret

Eric replies to question from the audience at his Amsterdam retreat:
- Is it a form of yoga that you are teaching?
- Would you say that your practice has brought about some change?
- So you can do anything you like, it doesn't matter if you sit, stand, walk, eat or whatever? 
- Is there anything one can teach to someone else?
- Can we get any help to see who we are?

He points out that there are no sculptures of yogic asanas in Indian temples before the modern era. He describes today's yoga as a commercial project, a kind of yoga irrelevant to the ancient traditions. His own practice, he says, has brought him nothing—it is a celebration of life, free of intention and totally purposeless. 

His words are shaped and sustained by the nondual tradition of Kashmir Shaivism, and take us back to the simple observation of our felt sense of emotion and, ultimately, to pure listening. This allows a liberating realization: the root of suffering is an illusion, and all claims to knowledge are a pretense. 

The first English translation of one of Eric Baret’s books, Let the Moon Be Free, is available on Amazon. These dialogues are an invitation to celebrate life in the present moment, free from the fear of an imaginary future.