Q: How does science and yoga overlap?
A: I’m a scientist. I was trained in Science and I love it. I love science. The good thing about good science is that it has this base work of , “I don’t really know”. It has that question implicit init, and the empirical method is to get to a place of the most likely explanation based on the evidence that we have at this point in time.
In science there are no fact. It’s all theories. It’s always from a place of “unknowningness”, and in the “spiritual world” there seems to be always a place of certainty and fundamentalism, “It’s like this”. I can’t stand that. It’s ignorance as far as I’m concerned to be so certain about something, about one’s rightness, about something of that kind, it’s bizarre.
I love this place of “From the best of my knowledge, this is what I know and I’m willing to share that, but there is so much I don’t know”. Two of my teachers James Earls and Tom Myers (Author and founder of "Anatomy Trains") say "50% of what I know today, will be wrong in 10 years time. But I don’t know which 50%". The humility of that is profound.
Yoga is almost a science of subjectivity. We’re exploring ourselves through direct experiences from the inside...
So I love science and I think it’s a good place to approach the practice from and I think yoga is almost a science of subjectivity. We’re exploring ourselves through direct experiences from the inside. It gives us that place of understanding the inseparable matrix of thinking and feeling, and body sensations and livingness, and the environment around us. It’s a profound and deep inquiry and that’s a beautiful thing.