Let's not, in the name of expediency, lose sight of the traditional meaning of Yoga (upper case preferred) as the union of individual consciousness with the Ultimate Reality, however one may define it. We need to adapt the teachings liberally without compromising their integrity.
For the next 2.5 hours, which passed way too quickly, Cheri and Arturo Peal, her teaching partner, took us through a series of poses accompanied by energy work, meditation and breath work. I left feeling so good -- relaxed, restored, and maybe just a little drunk on yoga.
Modern day yoga in America is an interesting phenomenon. In the traditional sense, what most of us do on the yoga mat is not yoga. Although the health benefits are greater than anything else we've ever tried, many still do not consider it yoga.
There is plenty of room for innovation and authenticity that can help retain and expand the art of the craft, even amidst the commercial reality yoga currently resides in. You just have to know where and how to look.