I remember being in the reception area at my Yoga studio in Panama, when a woman came in complaining, demanding that we give her money back immediately. Even though she really did not have valid reasons for her complaint, we gave her money back anyway. After she left the receptionist said: “That was not very yoga like!” When you have your own Yoga studio, you get all kinds of people. Some of these people come with attitudes that some might consider as “not yogí-esque.” What do we mean by that? We all have this idea of how a Yogi should act, but there is a part of the Yogic philosophy that helps us to understand different the types. Yogi, Bogi, Rogi, Drogi.
“He who eats one meal a day is a yogi, he who eats two meals a day is a BOGI, he who eats three meals a day is a ROGI, he who eats four meals a day is a Drogi” – from a song by Sidhar in Tamil.
You have to take into account that these definitions are based on a culture where eating once a day is solely to satisfy the most basic needs. If you go a little deeper, you realise that the person who eats only once a day using minimal resources to take care of their needs, and that the rest of his time is dedicated to his spiritual practices, or to helping others. Here is a more comprehensive way of looking at these stages:
- The Drogi represents the vilest aspect of human beings. This is the kind of person that could be associated with the most terrible dictators.
- The Rogi may not be so vicious, but still only think of their own needs. If necessary they would be deceptive to get something they need.
- The Bogi wants to do what’s right. However, is still too consumed by their own needs, for that reason can not be completely committed.
- The Yogi has the primary intention to serve others with his entire life.
You can use these guides and Yamas and Niyamas (translated as the rules of conduct) to ensure that you are behaving in a “yogic” manner. You can also follow a simpler kind of thought, one that believes that all humans are evolving toward a more loving and even more harmonious society. The more connected you are with the suffering and the needs of the other, the more “yogi” you will be. So, how yogic you will be this week?
For a more yogic life,