Asanas Guide – Align With the Divine from The Isha Foundation


10401402_10152370135939947_298364314231132679_n-1This Guide from Sadhguru shares the”powerful possibility that asanas represent, and explains that they are a means of creating a body that can download the cosmos.” Thanks again to Sadhguru and the Isha Volunteers for sharing this authentic information about classical hatha yoga from India that is so much missing in the West.  It is my hope on this Most Auspicious Day and Night of Mahashivrathri that more yoga practitioners find their way to appreciate and honor the real yoga from India with a humble approach of surrender, Shambo, OM Namah Shivaya OM Shanti Shanti Shanti OM. [Do click the link to find the guide]

Source: Asanas Guide – Align With the Divine | Sadhguru


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  1. This was a very interesting read and covered so many topics that it is hard to summarize it as simply being about the disconnect that humans face between the mind and the body. It was all about asanas and yogasana, with the focal point being that in order to unlock a higher possibility or way of thinking we must figure out the correct postures- and to do this correctly we must bind the bridge between our minds and bodies. To do an asana correctly is for your body to be at ease, and only when your body is at ease will your mind be at ease, and vice versa. If you are very stressed out or angry, you will never be able to meditate. If you experience discomfort while trying to practice, your mind will never be clear.
    The article mentions that through yogasana, “the body becomes a passage, not a block”. This was particularly interesting to me because so many times we view our bodies as obstacles that stand in our way- “I can’t practice yoga because of my body, I am insecure because of my body”, etc etc- when our bodies serve a far greater purpose than to look good and be flexible. Yoga, especially the hatha practice, is not about molding your body to some sort of “perfection”, but about bringing the opposites within you together, therefore giving you a peace of mind and a balance that you will not achieve through any other means. With yoga, you are conquering both your body and your mind, because those opposites are all coming together. We close our eyes to block off 50% of the world, and focus on one thing- our breathing- to block out any other 50% of distractions and that which keeps us from achieving a higher state of being.
    Breathing is such a crucial part in practicing yoga and without control of your breathing you will never master the asana or feel complete ease. When doing hatha yoga everything is focused in one direction, so your energy is flowing towards that direction and only that direction. When you let your mind become consumed by distractions in your life, you will never be able to practice yoga the correct way; the ways in which you handle both your mind and body must be harmonious, and yet people do not pay attention to their breathing and focus on this one direction.

  2. I have to admit that this is interesting to find out that your emotions actually factor what posture you take when you sit. Like how you sit one way when you’re peaceful and how you sit another way when you’re angry. I have to ask what emotion you are feeling when you get all fidgety, because I can get fidgety all so I must be feeling something or I may be feeling uncomfortable. It is nice to have this article to use as a step-by-step guide to help with breathing and posing and I hope that this will help me to preform better at yoga and be more flexible while doing it.

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