Moundsville, West Virginia
Just one month ago, the Yoga Shala was inaugurated right here in New Vrindavan, West Virginia. The “Wheeling News Register” put out an article in the “Life” section detailing the opening of this new facility which should be a draw for those on a health and spirit kick.
This is a progressive move for any ISKCON centre in the world—starting from scratch, raising the funds, and constructing a building where wellness can be experienced on the levels of mind, body and soul. There has been incremental interest within the Krishna community to support, or rather, receive support, from the yoga system taught by Patanjali, and discussed by Sri Krishna in the Bhagavad-gita.
I can say for sure that if anyone attempted such a project just ten years ago, it would have been met with some opposition. Why? Well, a culture of disdain has festered toward yoga poses, yoga breathing, etc. considering it inferior to chanting mantras and executing Vedic rites.
There is something fallacious to the judgement that yoga is illusion (maya). Something has not been assimilated properly with our very own philosophy. Something is amiss. Our guru, Srila Prabhupada, on various occasions, encouraged health approaches through yoga, tai chi and standing-on-your-head in the park. Such exercise offers a good balance. After all, health and well-being are required in order for one to execute bhakti-yoga, service to the Creator, the creation and its creatures.
So, bravo to the heroes who established this Yoga Shala, which resembles a rustic chalet. They have a vision and may they blaze a trail.
May the Source be with you!