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Self-Transformative Approach in Yoga Class
by Sushant Pandey
As we know yoga is a generic term and more accurately it is a path which leads to self-evolvement,
upliftment and refinement of qualities in practitioners. But most of the times yoga is mistaken as a set of physical techniques, which reduces the scope of this discipline of self transformation to merely some sort of sports and physical endeavor. Approaching yoga ‘Yogic way’ When we practice in yoga class our approach in the session guide our whole endeavor in right direction provided it is based on yogic principles. Following are a few principles for practitioners of yoga which will help them to be on right track: Principle of “Here and Now” One of the main ingredients of yogic journey is to ground our awareness in ‘here and now’. If your awareness is not grounded in the moment while practicing asana or any other techniques then you are not doing yoga. Advancement of practices does not imply that one should do difficult asana or become more flexible but doing it with awareness. Asanas help us to enhance and deepen our awareness of the body no matter how easy or difficult posture is. A beginner will practice even difficult poses with scattered awareness and whereas someone who is established in yoga will do practices with focus and un-dissipated awareness. Asanas (Yoga poses), pranayama (Yogic breathing) or meditations are the various tools of yoga to sharpen our awareness and discipline the mind-body complex. When your awareness is scattered then your mental energies are dissipated most of the time and you end up devitalizing yourself. To be focused and aware is the first and the foremost training in yoga class. And this is the meaning of ’being grounded’ in true sense. Non-competitive; letting go Yogic process has always been an individualized process. It is all about the individual who has embarked on the path of self transformation. The focus in the sessions is to withdraw the awareness and to capture the experience in here and now moment. Philosophy of yogic teaching is ‘’to be who you are’’. Therefore any distraction in the classes should be avoided and one needs to be more accepting to one’s own self. Respecting one’s own limitations and proceeding from there is one important element of yogic path. The present state of one’s body and mind is the result of various events, issues as well as experiences of past which are to be resolved at individual level. Therefore comparison of two practitioners should not be done in session as each one carries unique set of experiences, limitations as well as strengths within one self. This is the path you tread alone. A non-competitive awareness helps one to let go the same set of mentality which one carries all day long which creates frustration, tensions, anger, restlessness and dissatisfaction in life. Any transformation taking place in the moment is more important than ‘’what you were’’ or ‘’what you will become’’. If yogic practices are done with this awareness than the whole process becomes more immersive and transformative. Ahimsa (Non-Violence) In every yoga class there should be an element of mindfulness and practitioners should be aware of the effects of yoga techniques on the body-mind complex. We should always be in touch with the body and listen to it while practicing. One of the important codes of yoga journey is to follow Ahimsa (non-violence). Ahimsa is not always for others but it starts with one’s own self. Honoring the pain and having attitude of compassion with non-competitive attitude should go hand in hand. This requires lots of self-reflection and self-acceptance during the practice. The ultimate purpose of practicing yoga is not to satisfy just one’s ego and performing under peer pressure in the class. Rather yoga is a journey of self-transformation, self-awareness and inner growth.
Yoga: Art, Science or A Discipline?
by Rishikesh Yogis
Yoga, also referred to as the ‘yogic science’ since time immemorial, in simple terms, can be
defined as a study or practice of the mind, body, and spirit, which one undergoes to attain unification with the universe. This study or practice requires immense dedication and practice, and often requires a Guru-Shishya (teacher-student) alliance to reach any level of perfection. To say that yoga is a way of life would be true only if we understood why is this ancient science form treated as a way of life and not just any other practice. We practice medicine to become doctors, we study engineering to become engineers, and we practice arts and music to become creative geniuses, then why are these considered professions and not way of life? To explain the above stated question, we must deviate from the clichéd path of bestowing the title of science and art form on yoga and look at it as more of a discipline. According to the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, yoga is an eight-limbed path of which the first two, Yama and Niyama, talk extensively about ethics and yoga discipline one much incorporate in their daily lives, internally and externally, to be deemed as a yogi. Yoga as an Art Yoga, as we all know, was first practiced some 5,000 years ago during the Indus-Sarasvati civilization which is now known as North India. Whatever be the reason, for centuries, there were no written texts or codes to follow or practice. The only form of yoga teachings that existed was the verbal and physical knowledge spread by several sages and practitioners of this form. Mythology has it that Shiva was the first yogi and that the art of meditation comes from his endless meditations on Mount Kailash. But then, that is mythology and should be kept for another day. Since there were no written manuscripts and no way that all those teachings could be put together, most practitioners confined themselves to learning the significant theories and indulging mostly into the physical practices of asanas, breathing techniques, meditation, mantra chanting and the likes. Like any other form of art such as dance, music, painting, yoga requires immense practice and an observant eye to master every move of a Guru or a demonstrator facilitating such physical practices. Yoga classes these days have become popular, and thanks to their proximity and abundance, practicing the art of yoga asanas and perfecting them isn’t as difficult as it was in the early days. The key is to mirror every move and to learn the art of adjustment and alignment along with accurate modification to suit your physical limits and requirements. Yoga as a Science Patanjali, though not much is known about him, is accredited worldwide for the first ever written codes or manuscripts on Yoga. Known as the “Yoga Sutras”, the compilation of 196 aphorisms, Patanjali has described the eight-limbs of yoga in as much detail and with as much precision as possible. Though most sutras talk about subjects and customs one needs to imbibe in their life, these aphorisms are nothing but the very foundational science any yogi, professional or in-the-making, must integrate in their lives to the best of their knowledge and capability if they wish to be any closer to achieving the ‘mind, body, spirit’ awareness and oneness everybody refers to in the yogic world. Yoga is also regarded as an alternative medicine or way of holistic healing because of its healing qualities. Critical physical and mental conditions such as Asthma, Diabetes, Hypertension, Indigestion, Migraine, Arthritis, and many more have proven to be cured by practicing yoga asanas. Yoga fitness is another and perhaps the most sought-after benefits of yoga. Flexibility, weight-loss, increased immunity, and a healthy heart – these are among the top motivations deriving the new age yogis to attend yoga classes, even if it’s just three days a week. Yoga as a Discipline Discipline can lead to deliverance. How you ask? When we talk about yoga as yoga discipline, it automatically brings with is the nature of regularity in the sense that a discipline is anything that is practiced and followed regularly and repeatedly. Just like some of us are wired to wake up early and to behave in a certain manner, yoga discipline requires us to be wired to a commitment –a commitment that requires you to keep coming back to it. No matter if you skip one day of physical practice, if you managed to spend that day in positivity, causing no harm to others as well as yourselves, restricting yourself from any ill-behaviour or habit, and under gratefulness for your life and the life around you, you are still following the discipline of yoga. But, this is not easy. With any regular practices, comes challenges. What can be the challenges of yoga, you ask? For starters, the basic requirement to continue this practice every day and every minute of your life and to deliberately or accidentally never deviate from the said path can be tough, really tough. After living a certain number of years in luxury and with the materialistic things around you that you once though are the necessities of life, to give up on all such attachments and bonds can be excruciatingly painful. However, one must keep in mind at all times the realistic and proven benefits in terms of personal and spiritual growth that following the path can bring. Something as small as committing to attend a yoga class every day is giving into the practice of orderliness and bringing regulation in your life. Any discipline must be applied subtly. One cannot be forced into adapting to a way of life. It must come naturally. It must be applied gently and logically. Attending a few yoga sessions just because somebody else we know are doing it won’t make any sense if we do not understand the implications and impact that it would have on us. It is important to prepare ourselves mentally and emotionally before we indulge into the practice of yoga. We must be willing to accept what it brings with it with an open heart and mind. And, we must, at all circumstances, be ready for the change – the BIG transformation it will bring with it!