The root of the word “yoga” means to “yoke together.” Yoga never asks us to separate the material from the spiritual, worldly from holy, head from heart. Instead, yoga asks us to hold these seeming opposites together in a powerful if unstable union. As householder yogis (people with jobs, mortgages, spouses and kids and aging parents, student loan debt and car payments and the rest) we are tasked with integrating our spiritual beliefs into our daily lives. We connect what we hear in temple or church with what we do and say at the office. We don’t behave differently on holy days and every day. We don’t act differently in the yoga studio and the on sidewalk or parking lot.
Of course, I’m not suggesting you strike yoga poses out there, unless you have a strong exhibitionist streak and don’t mind a potential fall onto hard pavement.