The Poetics of Freedom: On the Yoga of Yoga

The following phenomenological reflections on the yoga of yoga are being updated.


The practices of yoga are interferings in habitual modes of attending that do not themselves become ritual.

There is only appearing, and this basic appearing is not subject to my personal will. This basic appearing—the fact of appearing—is un-conditioned in that it requires nothing from my personal will; it gives itself unconditionally. There is always already appearing.

What appears as (my) determinate reality is also not subject to my will. I do not produce what appears. In fact, what appears as (my) determinate reality precedes and circumscribes (my) will; this includes the thought and thinking, sense and sensing, choice and options for action, capacities, commitments, etc.the very foundation of which is the body itself. What appears as (my) determinate reality contains histories—old maps buried in the flesh and breath—that are not immediately available to me. These are the histories of the self-moving body and the expression of its own most basic habits/intelligence/commitments. These are also expressions of the histories constructed upon these most basic commitments (or compulsions) of the body itself, such as cultural histories, social, and familial histories, among others. But these histories are not positivist ones—indeed, these expressions are interpretations. They are, in short, memories—ancient and ancestral—that dwell deeper than any single me