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Life lessons from Utkatasana…!

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Have you ever thought of the Yogic lessons taught by the postures when we approach them? Postures are the teachers. They are able to give us insights on many aspects of our lives. Just the right perception and willingness to inculcate them beyond the mat will enhance the beauty of our lives…

 

Let us take a simple example of UTKATASANA, the chair pose. When we are in the chair pose, the knees are bent towards the mat while the arms are extended towards the sky. The difficulty of being in this posture is we are pulled in both the directions. Lets understand the philosophy behind it. The lower part of the body is pulled downwards which can be understood as PAST, whereas the upper part is pulled and extended upwards which is the FUTURE of our life. But you can neither let yourself dwell into the past and end up collapsing on the mat, nor let yourself drop into the future and stand up in Tadasana instead of Utkatasana. It is the balance between the past and the future, that is PRESENT. When I have the right balance in between the two attractions, i.e. Past and Future, I find myself in Present…

 

When we observe the mental patterns, this is the case most often. We either cherish the memories of the past, or dream about the future. It is an almost impossible to bring the mind to the present state. The mind oscillates from past to future and future to past. While it oscillates, it ends up in being present for moments which we enhance with different techniques such as meditation. Bringing the oscillating mind from past and future, to the present state is the practice of Yoga, which my Utkatasana symbolically explains me…

 

Every Yoga Posture can be a teacher only if we bring out the student from within…



Author: Samyak Yoga Time: 2014-06-11 22:06:10
Yoga Practice: From Prose towards Poetry

 

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On the very first day, when you dropped into a Yoga Class, you must have thought looking at everybody "what the hell is happening?" Most of us, out of curiosity or told by one of the close friends, or knowing that somebody has healed a physical disease, or in search of happiness have dropped in to the first Yoga session. The very first session would have made us happy, but mostly led us to a feeling that it's awesome, but I may not be able to do what others in the class are performing. 

 

As the happiness after the class has been irresistible, we might have thought often to go back to the Yoga class fully knowing that we may not be able to do what others on the mat next to us doing. Some are doing lotus easily, some might do the headstand and its variations comfortable and some were in some weird balancing!  Still we went again and again.

 

The body started saying "Yes dear, You can". Its not that hard. We started feeling that we can do many of these postures after a few weeks/months regular practice. Often, we started being comfortable in the posture. Every time, we came out of the class, we were happy in the feeling of reaching new realm, a new horizon of understanding our potentialities. Some time it was just a small technique, some time it just has happened. We don't know how!

 

Now, as we start enjoying the practice, understanding the posture with alignment, our focus turned into the breathing aspect. Thanks to the teachers who inspired us again. Often, the teacher was saying not to hold the breath, but we had no option in that pose… Now, the practice has taught us so much that we can breath longer, focus easily and feels amazing to be in most of the postures.

 

 

As we started enjoying the posture and breathing too during the practice, it feels as if we are meditating. If you analyze the entire journey, it has been more a prose, mathematics, and of science in the beginning. More and More we practice and enjoy the process of progress, it has been a poem, a song and an art now. It seems to be a moving meditation wherein the mind stays calm, still and we love to be in the postures. The transition does not just seem to be the link between the postures, but a graceful dancing movement. It's this state of practice, graceful, mind in the state of meditation, full of passion, expressing ourselves in the postures, manifesting the consciousness is the progress in the practice.  

 

The mere exercises to stretch the body have started becoming the poetry of life. As we started understanding the grammar of Yoga, we have actually started writing the poetry everyday on the mat. 

 

Let our practice be graceful, expression of our ecstasy, expression of our union with the universal consciousness. Let us hope and aspire to express the same state of grace in each action we perform beyond the mat, in everyday life. 



Author: Samyak Yoga Time: 2014-05-15 11:27:12




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