What is a Yogi?
“What does it take to actually be a yogi, really?
Not spiritual attainment or asana performance, but the beautiful embrace of your own reality.
All the ancients were going on about was “What is existence?” and “How do we realize it?” The point is: you are existence, you are the truth, you are the Veda (which means “truth”), you are the present life on Earth and you can only realize what they were on about back then in your own life as life. That is all that is required….” So if anyone or anything is suggesting to your mind that there is some necessary attainment, whether cultural, spiritual or religious, it will prevent you from seeing clearly that you are alive as Life, which is already absolutely and perfectly given. In understanding this, you will relax into the natural state and begin to enjoy the yogas of body, breath and relationship…. When the mind folds up from these deep cultural imprints, you will stand in your own ground as life uniquely expressed. …
“You do not need someone else’s culture or a sentimental attachment to an ancient culture. Such an association can be interesting and fun. But imaginings that it is somehow necessary ignores what is necessary and what is the essential matter of yoga:
Your own life pulsing in your system
One thing is very clear:
All you need to be a full-fledged yogi or yogini is your own body, your own breath and a few good friends”
—-Mark Whitwell-Yoga of Heart