9851Re: Sahaja Samadhi
- Jul 3, 2003--- In email@example.com, freyjartist@a... wrote:
> Hi Ninathis is new for me!
> I very much enjoyed reading this,
> and it moved me to share with you.
> you wrote:
> <<Who knows why it is so that I can
> tell someone 100 times to press the ball mount of their big toe
> firmly into the ground to get better balance and they finally hear it
> the 101th time through, exclaiming, at that time, oh!, as if it were
> a brand new piece of information.>>
> I've commented about this aspect to my teacher.
> How i know i've heard him say something
> many times but i was focusing on something else,
> so it didnt mean anything to me at that time....but then
> perhaps the next day when he says it and it 'clicks', and there
> is an automatic movement in my body at that location--because
> that is where the body wants to go in that moment....
> that is where something is going on that wants to
> adjust or balance or move or expand or melt....
> The way he teaches is to speak very detailed, systematic
> directions non-stop,
> in a very consistent
> tone, timbre, volume, pace, (the word 'drone' comes to mind)
> while he is one-pointedly focused on
> observing everyone in the classes' postures. He is not doing the
> postures himself....he is mostly padding around the room unobtrusively
> in the background, observing and speaking. Although he will
> demonstrate poses if he feels it is needed. It is not a rote thing....
> everytime is different.
> Everyone in the class has their eyes open at all times, even in
I've a teacher who likes to keep the
eyes open [not during Savasana] and
found out, that he was a Buddhist; who
do meditate with the eyes open but
DO NOT LOOK! it is an invard unfocused
> and focused straight<<Oh, and you might be tempted to
> ahead, either on a point on their forehead, or wherever else the focus
> should be--like, for instance, in Standing Head to Knee pose, the focus
> is fixed on the standing knee, until eventually you can touch
> forehead to knee.
> The atmosphere is naturally very meditative--
> there is no talking by students before or during the class, and people
> aren't checking each other out, except newbies to check out how poses
> are done when the spoken instructions aren't being fully understood.
> So what he is saying
> is coinciding with what he is seeing that needs attention brought to it,
> and i hear what i am needing to hear and it is as if it is coming from within
> Nothing he says seems out of place, it is not distracting or irritating.
> think that once one has this 101th time realization, that it would<<One of the things the practice of hatha yoga offers is the
> stick. In actuality, even once realized, it may take much practice
> for the grounding of the big toe mount to become 'nature'.>>
> Yes, right. The next day, your body may be working with other
> things. And also, due to the fact that
> the grounding of the big toe mount, or whatever
> else it is, has not yet become automatic, conscious attention
> is called for in order to 'cement' that new habit.
> enhancement of physical mindfulness.>><< 'Sensation' is also the endpiece, as the deeper and broader
> Yes, very much so.
> For instance, for example, when i am in Dandayamana-Dhanurasana
> (Standing Bow Pulling Pose), i am focused on many things
> at the same time: body alignment; keeping my arm raised to a certain
> level; keeping neck and shoulders relaxed; gently pushing the raised
> leg back and reaching the arm and hand up and forward with equal
> attention and energy on each; when the leg can't be pushed back
> any more, then it is raised upwards. But all the time, a fine balance
> between all these things is required to be able to stay in the pose
> without losing balance and falling.
> <This is mindfulness of the depth
> of the body (can you sense your liver? can you sense your kidneys?
> your craniosacral respiration? your celullar respiration?) as well as
> the breadth of the body (can you maintain awareness of the grounding
> of the big toe mount as you externally rotate your other leg? can you
> maintain awareness of diaphragmattic breathing as you move through a
> series of asanas?). Physical mindfulness is cultivated through a
> process of physical inquiry, which uses 'sensation' as a starting
> Yes...one pose where i experience very direct communication
> with an organ (intestines) is the Wind Removing Pose (Pavanamuktasana).
> And, during poses and in briefly resting between poses,
> i can also feel internal massage of lungs, kidneys, liver, heart,
> pancreas, adrenals, thyroid, female organs.....diaphramatic
> breathing becomes automatic.....it's just wonderful.
> one goes into physical mindfulness, the more transparent the body<<This is the key to the relation between asana and meditation. The
> becomes, the more the spaces between sensation become perceivable.>>
> body dissolves in the same way the mind dissolves. It becomes clearthanks, Karta
> that the two, mind and body, or meditation and asana, are 'one and
> the same'.>>
> Yes, this is so well-said, Nina.
> Just to share: My favorite pose (as of yesterday, ha ha), is
> the Toe Stand Pose (Padangustasana), because
> i am having fun with the balancing aspect,
> taking on the challenge to one day be able to have both
> hands at chest in prayer position, no shaking--
> perfect balance. I think one reason i might be drawn to
> this pose is because, as Bikram says, it helps develop
> patience....and also good for knees, ankles and feet....
> structural areas that are sensitive on me.
> I also just loooovvvvveeeee Supta-Vajransana (Fixed Firm Pose)
> another knee, leg and ankle thing....
> Camel and Boat poses are perennial favorites, well i could go on....
> Great discussing yoga with you, Nina....
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