Yoga is the absence of competition.
In order for the definition of yoga, which is union to be realized, there can be no competition. That may be tricky since we live in a society that supports competition. Almost any trade or skill can be turned into a competiton event, including yoga. Somewhere there is a board of judges eager to score our performance against their standards. We do not have to enter a competion in order to experience this pressure and expectaion. These judges may take role as a family member, a friend, a magazine article, news story, and most often, the voices inside our head. We are in a constant state of comparing ourselves to others, competing for love and recognition. We become thirsty to prove we are better than, smarter than, stronger than and more worthy than another. We use competition as a defense mechanism when we come in contact with something that we perseve to be different than ourselves or when it is someone with the same intentions as ourselves. All of a sudden the ever expanding universe feels too small to support both us and them. This is a characteristic that we pass down generation to generation and it never fails to cause resistance and dis-ease within our spirit and lives.
When we practice the union of yoga we realize that all of that is mind rubbish. Once we become aware of our mind rubbish and put effort into releasing it, we open the door to abundance. When we vibrate with abundance there is no need for competition. We are no longer threatened by others, or feel the urgency to aquire something before we miss our chance. In haste, we are suseptible to making poor choices, but when we pause to remember abundance, we are at peace with our state of being. The union of yoga allows us to see past the labels of race, religion and lifestyle to the truth that there is enough of everything for everyone. Yoga is a way of participating in our own lives fully so that competition becomes an uninteresting option.