If you believe yoga is a physical discipline, I’ll play mystic from the East and counter, yoga is not matter, its mind. If you were to say, “Yoga is a confusing philosophy,” I’ll rebut, its focus is the empirical (diet and bodily health). If one maintains yoga is found in the experience of asana, I’ll point to the crown chakra and our intimate participation with the cosmic Self. If someone says, “Yoga is spirituality,” I’ll ask, what do you mean? If a yogi tells me, “Yoga is a path to heightened consciousness,” I’ll say, okay, but to what end?
About Greg Ormson
Dr. Ormson has worked as a speech writer, musician, college professor, journalist, public speaker and campus clergy. He was awarded the 2017 Eastern Iowa Review prize for long form lyric essay for, "Midwest Intimations."
His yoga writing is published in Yoga International, elephant journal, Asana Journal, Do You Yoga, The Yoga Blog, Yogi Times, The Health Orange, Hello Yoga, TribeGrow, Yoganect, and Seattle Yoga News. His yoga articles have reached millions of viewers through social media and have been translated and shared in Portuguese, Tamil, and French.
Greg's stories of a healing encounter with yoga give voice to the arts that have shaped his life. Following a move to Hawaii, and fiver years of practice, Greg trained to be a yoga teacher and teaches at MOTTO YOGA in Queen Creek, Arizona, and started YOGA AND LEATHER: Yoga for BIKERS at Superstition Harley Davidson in Apache Junction, Arizona. He writes on yoga, teaches by contract, and leads workshops on yoga as the embodiment of spirituality.
Greg believes yoga is the fourfold process of embodying asana, mobilizing prana, surrendering cares, and focusing the monkey mind. When this happens, space opens for transformation.