Yoga in America has turned the corner from a practice that could have tamed our litigious, capitalistic, success-hungry mindset. Instead, the yoga industry is playing tug in a competitive dog-eat-downward dog market, and now India wants a piece of the action.
Yoga has given us a model for working with all these apparent conflicts in the human psyche. When we direct our practice at chakra centres, we are working directly with our own internal confusions and misunderstandings - the same ones we see written large across human culture.
The more you practise, the deeper you go, you begin to break patterns in life that no longer serve you, you find a deeper peace in life as you take your practise out of the hot room and all the alignment you find in the yoga, you bring to your daily life.
Yoga is not about money. It never can be, which is why it is wonderful that everyone and their dog is now a yoga teacher. A world full of yoga teachers is a world of conscious conscientious people who are actively trying to make the world a better place.
Pregnancy is not a disease, illness or injury. But the body does change a lot. It is not just the growing bump and breasts but there are other things to consider. Not all yoga teachers are qualified, insured or comfortable teaching at this time of change.
I felt as if I had arrived in the Garden of Eden - our home for a week was a luxury eco retreat, perched on the top of a hill, surrounded by four acres of fruitful Spanish gardens. The owner of Finca Paradiso, an artist, created a vibrant, colourful environment with Spanish and Moroccan influences.
I am currently cycling through China and this kerfuffle over a shopping bag has got me thinking about what brahmacharya means to me, and also how a lack of brahmacharya has dramatically affected China.
While my journey from Haçienda DJ to Matt the Yoga Teacher may be unusual, the need that started it all off - wanting to feel normal - is something every man and woman on the street can identify with and it is Yoga that provides an ideal prescription for this.