> You mention that the classic reason to practice hatha yoga is not to
> gain strength or flexibility, but to be able to sit in meditation
> without being distracted by the body. This may be the case, and while
> it might seem to (implictly) invalidate other reasons, it does not.
> There are plenty of reasons people practice hatha yoga: to
> relax/restore; for physical or psychological therapy; for exercise;
> to gain strength, flexibility and agility; for self-image and so
> forth. It is possible to understand all of those reasons as
> indicators that a person is looking for enlightenment in some form.
> Enlightenment can be as simple as having one burden dissolved.
> One suffers from carpal tunnel syndrome, one learns to abide the pain
> without suffering, one learns to correct the alignments in the body
> that contribute to the pain.
> One suffers from chronic stress reactions, one learns to recognize
> the warning signs of stress, one learns to slow and even halt the
> process of reaction to stress, one learns to refigure the stressors.
> One suffers from any manner of physical or mental burden, one
> practices facing these burdens, learning the nature of these burdens,
> and then, ultimately, learns to be 'in charge' of those burdens.
> These are enlightenments, just as much as any mystical 'big whammy'.
> Enlightenment is ongoing, incremental; lighter and lighter, every
> moment. The burdens may not disappear, but the experience of the
> burdens does.
> That is the nature of the practice. You begin the practice for
> whatever reason, but eventually, the reasons give way to an
> embodiment of the practice.
> On a side note, personally I really enjoy the directness and
> palpability of working with the body to understand the enlightenment
> experience. It is such that, given a bit of practice, one can read
> shifts of consciousness of another by observing the shifts of
> alignment and manner of motion in their body. Hatha yoga, and by this
> I mean the 'manner of practice' moreso than the 'form of practice'
> (asanas), is unique in that it asks the practicioner to directly
> embody the process of enlightenment.
> But here's the catch, at some point, one realizes that the body is
> incredibly resilient, and that it is in constant conversation with
> its total environment.
Nina, do you mean connection to Gaia?
or just one's own spirit and health
this is where I got a surprise: I
noticed while 'cleaning' my chakras
with yoga, that I am connected to others
in the room and eventually I noticed,
that we humans [maybe al life] are
I would greatly appreciate your wise
input on this for my Gaia page
I know, that some of the advanced
yoga-class instructors notice this
amplified chi force around some students
did you ever notice, that some students
have a radius around them and they
influence with their aura their neighbors?
being well is contagious, so is being disturbed; if a 'noisy' mind comes in
to the room I can sense it not even
> One might see radical change in the body
> through the practice of hatha yoga, but how much effort it takes to
> embody these changes such that they become 'nature' and do not bend,
> once again, back into the old conversational patterns! When can the
> practice be let go? When has the practice become so embodied that it
> will carry itself? I suspect, that as long as one has a body, this
> tension between the practice and the total environment will exist.