Asanas Guide – Align With the Divine from The Isha Foundation

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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. The first thing that caught my attention was the statement about how your mental and physical states can alter how you perform the asanas. I have noticed that when I force myself to sit in a posture that would suggest I am happy or not feeling down, i start to feel better automatically. This way of manipulating my own energy has started to become something I do in my everyday life. The balance between ones masculine and feminine energies (the sun and moon of the body), focusing on the left and right sides of the body, is the key to opening up and getting the most out of this practice. The 84 asanas are systems, or ways of attaining one’s consciousness. Our own bodies are standing in our way, our physical limitations can sometimes hold us back. This is because of the imbalance we may have between body and mind. Through this system, we can attain balance and reach our ultimate well being. it is important to work with the body and not neglect it entirely, which sometimes I tend to do. According to the article, it is also about enhancing perception, which is done through both mind and body. It is connecting with your higher self and creating a union. A union with yourself, and a subconscious union with everyone else. Through the postures, you can achieve inner and physical alignment which will help you attain this. It’s about being open and never putting your body in a position where it’s uncomfortable. Attaining this balance is something that I’ve learned is personal, and comparing my experience to others has been one of my main challenges. I’m not trying to attain someone else’s balance, so I shouldn’t be trying to do it like them. I have to get in tune with myself and that has been a challenge, which has made some of the poses a little harder for me to do to their full potential. My flexibility and conscious breathing skills will continue to develop as I practice, I think I also need to stop being so hard on myself when it comes to that, I’m learning to be more open and forgiving when it comes to aspects of my body that don’t allow me to move the way I would like to, but its something I can improve through my practice. I really appreciate how this article is laid out because it’s easy to follow and easy to refer back to if I need to.

  2. The guide begins with the strong description of asana and a true description of Hatha Yoga. I immediately became interested in the science behind the asana and it’s ability to move beyond a posture for elevating consciousness into its ability to balance both feminine and masculine energies – the perception of the Sun and the Moon. These characteristics are truly inspiring and the idea of “84 asanas” becomes something of inspiration rather than a daunting figure. The knowledge of categories and steps for which to improve the flow of energy through the body removes the idea of there being too many things to master and alleviates the stress associated with beginning something that so many others have made their lives so heavily influenced by. In applying the notion that the largest barrier is both the body and the mind, it becomes clear that the meditative practices we attempt in the class settings comes from something more deeply rooted – something I’m glad to have learned. Through the notion of moving beyond the body and the mind, the ability to attain freedom from the strains of such concepts becomes inherent as well, and the guide allows for an understanding of perception, mastery, stability, and the use of yoga as a tool for more than just physical ability and stemming into energy-based emotions. The guide actually proved really helpful with the better understanding of how yoga functions and what is supposed to be gained through these practices – as the varying number of asanas is and can be something that is somewhat daunting but through better understanding of how they function with regard to the human, it becomes clear of their suggestive power and ability. This guide is actually quite inspiring and a well written suggestive strategy for better living situations.

  3. This is an interesting an informative posts that covers many facets of yoga. I was particularly struck by the passage that talks about changing your mental state through postures: “You can change the way you feel, think, understand and experience life by sitting in a particular way.” I have noticed this to be the case recently-if I sit on the floor in a cross-legged position, not even necessarily to practice, but even to just have somewhere to sit- just by assuming the position that I now meditate and practice the Isha Kriya in, my body immediately relaxes. It’s as if the mind knows to prepare itself to quieten and focus just by sitting that way. Of course, I typically feel very relaxed after a yoga class, but this experience has been a powerful reminder of how even small movements can effect us. There are 84 basic postures in yoga, so there are many avenues from which to receive this phenomenon. I also found it interesting to learn that the asanas should not be done in an arbitrary way, but in order, according to achieve skeletal, muscular, organ and energy comfort. I think I’ve previously only experienced a set “routine” of asanas practiced in a Bikram yoga class. Likewise, not all yoga teachers appreciate the necessity for quiet during practice. I have walked out of yoga classes because of the energy being given off by the teacher-including loud chatter before and during class-if we truly look at the asanas as a dynamic way of meditating, as Sadhguru explains they are, it’s actually very rude and disruptive to be talking to your neighbor or making comments during them! Even if we are not aware of how our talking effects us, we should be aware that it disrupts others. It will help me to remember to breathe through my nose if I remember that our nostrils purify and cool the air before it goes into our lungs. I have also been told by a running coach that breathing deeply with one’s mouth open causes the brain to go into panic mode-definitely not something you want to happen when practicing yoga!

  4. This article is extremely comprehensive in performing the asanas. The piece of the article that interested me the most was the relationship between the asanas and emotions. It’s always funny to me when someone calls me out for how I’m feeling, without me expressly stating that. I think people focus so much on contorting their face and language to hide any negative feelings, that they often forget about body language. So if our bodies contort one way when we feel these things, by some mathematical principle I learned in high school and can’t remember, if we moved our bodies into that position our emotions would follow suit. I never really thought about changing the way I position my body to change how I feel, except for little things like, if I sit up straight maybe I’ll look more confident and therefore feel my confident. But maybe, confident people sit up straight, and in sitting that way you also embody that – it isn’t about the look but how your body and emotions communicate. Both the body and mind control energy, and the article speaks to moving that energy in different ways to change the way we feel. I think it’s really important for me, personally, as is for most people I presume, to take charge of our energies and our feelings and it can be as simple as changing our posture. Instead of letting our body fall victim to the emotions, our bodies can serve to benefit our emotional wellbeing.

  5. Throughout the first half of high school, I was mostly unhappy and that was reflected through my posture. I’m surprised that even after all the slouching I did during that time that I don’t look like Quazimoto, but it did worsen my lower back problems. Toward the later half of HS, was when I realized how ridiculous I was being and started to stand up straight and present a proud aura. With the change in my posture, I started to feel much lighter. I didn’t feel like I was being dragged through the mud anymore because I acknowledged that what I was going through before wasn’t the end of the world. According to this article, the exact change I made to my posture and emotions is the basis of “asanas”.
    During my transition in perspective, I brought balance to myself. Within myself, I came to a conclusion that I was the one bringing myself down and in order to feel better, I had to let go of the negative energy. The practice of yogasanas is the awareness of your energy. It isn’t control over it, but instead a method of guidance. You give your energy the option, release, and guide it toward a balanced nature. This balanced nature is influenced by the Sun and the Moon and its connection to the “masculine and the feminine” and the Earth itself.
    The atmosphere you create for yourself is key when it comes to the way you feel and go about your day, week, month, and so on. If you are not happy, find the source of the problem and reason with it so you may enjoy this life and this body. As stated in the article, “as long as you live in this life, the body is the abode of your existence” and why not treat it with the utmost respect and kindness. Establishing an open mind can be difficult if all you know is the opposite, but through this process, balance comes along. Yoga enhances this connection within yourself because you are your life; it is essential to strengthen the tie between you and your consciousness because “if you close your eyes…” it’s just you, “the world disappears”.

  6. I found this article to be very interesting and informative. I thought it was well written and applied necessary scientific facts to support the claims being made about the benefits of asanas and yoga. I learned much about the ways I can improve my practices and in result improve my life by utilizing the advice given through this article.
    One very interesting point included in the writing was “the biggest barrier for human beings is the body and mind”. I thought this was a very deep claim that really resonated with me because of my own personal struggles with my own body and mind. What I think about my body can sometimes limit me in my daily life because of lowered confidence levels and what my body does not want to work for will make my mind lose motivation when it comes to things like exercise and yoga. I think this is a part of my way of thinking that I would like to change and would like to improve on.
    This article presented yoga and asanas in ways that supported the scientific and the spiritual. I appreciated the depth it went into and how it gave me insight on ways I could improve the quality of my life. The visual accents assisted as well in the learning process.

  7. Madeline Bodendorf

    Since I hadn’t really practiced yoga before this class, I found this article really helpful. I noted how he talked about the fact that one needs to figure out what purpose the body will serve. He talked about how there is a different kind of yoga for each mindset a person might have: if your idea of a good life is being one step ahead of others, if you do not compare yourself to others, or if all you want to do is dissolve into the ultimate nature of existence, and others. I found it interesting how many different types of yoga exist and how many different ways it uses and effects the body. On this statement, I also noted how he said that yoga is about creating a union between these two dimensions – “inner and outer, you and the rest, you and the other”. He talks about how you must come into a union with your mind and body because if you try to only come in with the mind, the mind will run ramped and you won’t be able to get the benefits, and personally I have experienced this both in class practice and at home doing Isha Kriya. He says the body is a more reliable factor than the mind

    I found it interesting how he kept using the phrase “download the cosmos” when doing yoga. I know that this could be a translation error but I like the idea of “downloading” something onto the mind that can’t physically be downloaded. Also, just the word “download” reminds me of our modern day technology. To use this word when explaining yoga is such a stark juxtaposition. He says that once you do this, everything that is worth knowing will be known, and I always doubted this notion simply because we live in a first-world, western civilization. However, after practicing yoga in class for the past few weeks and doing isha kriya on my own has shown me that it isn’t bogus and it really does have energetic and mindful benefits.

    I also noted the discussion on balance when doing yoga. One of the earlier journal assignments had something to do with balancing work, leisure, and sleep so that the body is relaxed and not overworked. Being a young adult, I constantly feel like I’m under stress and not relaxed at all, but through yoga that is possible and somewhat required. He says that “only if you have a balance that is not disturbed by external situations, are you capable of making use of the competence and intelligence within you. Otherwise, even the most wonderful qualities that one may have will go waste, simply because of lack of balance. Hatha yoga brings this balance.” This also relates back to the importance of unifying both mind and body in yoga because using one or the other is pointless. I also did not realize the importance of really focusing on breath when practicing yoga or doing isha kriya. He says that if both the mind and body are focused on the same thing (the breath) then you are at maximum ease. It is this unity that is most important.

    • Sadhguru has brought all the science of the Ancients into a modernity and explains most as an Inner Engineering….he is a very modern person who is scientific, mathematical, philosophical, financial wizard, ecological savior, and so much more…so you understood “download” correctly! OM

  8. Amber Ferguson
    Before we even attempt to align with the divine, there are fundamentals that are so simple yet essential the process, and easily overlooked. An asana, what is an asana? An asana is a posture. According to the article, certain postures have been identified as “yoga asanas” or yogasanas. “Yoga” means that which takes you on to a higher dimension or higher perception of life. So, that kind of posture which leads you to a higher possibility is called a “yogasana.”
    It is know that through everyday life, emotions and situations rise up to the surface, and projects its self through your posture. You are able to tell how one is feeling, just by their posture, the way they sit, and stand, their body language. Emotions play a large part in one’s posture. But, posture also plays a pretty big role in ones emotions. By just consciously adjusting your posture, you can also adjust your emotions. Completely change how you are feeling by sitting a particular way.
    According to the article, yogasanas are not exercises. They are subtle processes of manipulating your energy in a certain direction. It needs to be done with a certain level of awareness. There are many levels of doing asanas. You can practice asanas just physically, or more deeply, being aware of the breath, sensations, reverberations, being aware of the nadis, or with appropriate mantras.
    Many people believe that yoga has no scientific aspects behind it, but it does. It is known as hatha yoga. The article continues, “The first process of yoga is to bring balance between the masculine and feminine in you. Otherwise there will be no scaling of consciousness. This is why Shiva is known as Ardhanarishvara – one half of him is a woman, another half of him is a man. He is a man and the very embodiment of manhood. At the same time, he is also woman, because without bringing this balance, without cultivating these two dimensions within us, there is no reaching towards the peak, there is no question of a human being flowering to his fullest possibility. That is why the first dimension of yoga that you practice is hatha yoga. That means the yoga of the sun and the moon is bringing balance between the masculine and the feminine. That is the first step to take.”
    Like yin and yang, the article talks about balance between a masculine and feminine you. Yang is the expression of our masculine energy, while the Yin is the expression of our feminine energy. They are completely opposite, but both are needed for the cosmic alignment.
    I love this statement, “This is what a yogasana means – you are taking charge of your life. You are transforming your body and mind into a possibility in your life.” This statement is so powerful and to me personally, it is inspiring. This idea, in such a short span of time, has changed my life. For example, practicing Isha Kriya. “I am not this body, I am not even this mind”, this is my mantra. This has helped me through so much anxiety over the past few weeks. Through this article, I was enlightened on perception of one’s self, and of the world. Through the proper techniques you can take your practice of yoga to another level.

  9. We express emotion through our body language. With this idea in mind the opposite is true as well. That through our body language we can change our emotions. This is what asanas do. Through the use of these movements you can create health, joy and blissfulness.
    One important part of asana is the environment. Your environment controls everything you see, hear, touch and smell. If your environment is stressful, then it’s going to make you stressful as well. That is one of the biggest problems I have, being a college student. There is a lack or quietness and privacy necessary for a relaxing environment. Even nature filled areas always have people strolling.
    When reading the article the word cosmic geometry came up in the paragraph of asana mastery and perception. It talked about yoga is about having your body geometrically aligned to absorb the universe. Under the paragraph was and unusual picture of two cogs connected, moving in opposite directions. So I researched cosmic geometry which led me to sacred geometry which is universal patterns used to design everything in our reality. Geometry, mathematical ratios and proportions are found in music, light and cosmology. It amazed me that something so concrete and grounded could be mixed with something very abstract and feeling based. I plan on researching more about sacred geometry since it interested me so much and maybe I can incorporate it into my asanas through visualization.

  10. Sadhguru in his article teaches beginners the basics of hatha yoga and the 84 asanas. He uses metaphors that make it easy to relate and better understand complex and spiritual concepts he is trying to describe. His writing style reminds me of how he describes Indian history being taught in that they use the story of Tripurantaka to metaphorically express that all three elements must be conquered at once. He heavily advises the students to truly understand that your mind, body, and spirit must be involved in hatha yoga and isha kriya for the benefits to apply.
    I really appreciated the insight he offers to the student about breathing and the state of mind during practice. When he explained how hatha yoga is a practice that balances both the feminine and masculine aspects of a human being, I was excited to see that a master like Sadhguru preaches this mindset that the soul is genderless. I have always felt this way when I reach true nirvana, and it was comforting to see it put into words. I also was really excited to hear that there are different types of yoga that will help you achieve different things. I’m excited to move forward and experience other types of yoga when I feel like my hatha yoga practices are up to par. However, one thing in the article that really confused me was when he was explaining that astrologers wouldn’t make predictions on practitioners of yoga. Was this just an expression, or will they actually not make predictions on these people? I didn’t fully understand that part.
    I’ve experienced in class the gasps in breaths he talks about in this article during certain positions. I find it particularly hard to not have a shaky breath when tilting my head up in the table position. Although I have been practicing my Isha Kriya, I feel that maybe I need to be taking deeper breaths during the practice and it will help with my gasping in certain yoga positions. Overall I really loved this article more than any other article we have read up to this point because of the great insight he has to share about the mindset during yoga.

  11. This article is truly fascinating and really helpful to keep in mind when I practice. I think its so interesting that our emotions affect our posture and way we sit tremendously. This also goes back to my Wednesday night class when my instructor often focus’s on deep breaths and being aware of our breathing. The expanision on this in this guide has made it a little bit easier for me to grasp the concept and have more awareness of my breathing while I’m practicing. This article also reminded me of how imporatant it is to take charge of your own life. This reminds me of durring class when we speak the sentence “I am not this body, I am not even this mind.” They both are similar to me that they relate to the idea of how we as human beings are more than just are schedules, duties, and outer appearance and how we truly control our own destinys. I also completely agree with Sadhguru that closing your eyes during the excersise is the only way to shut out the world and focus. I didn’t know that vision is the most dominant sense! It makes a lot more sense to me now why closing my eyes while I practice is so helpful for achieving internalization.

    • This is finally a better length of essay…you can still invest more time by following the prescription I list in the assignment itself for a college level essay for each of the 3 parts, Namaste

  12. The asana guide reminds me of the times when I would be sad, and people would tell me that “acting happy would make me happy.” While I ultimately determined that, that wasn’t true, I do believe that when I look good, I feel good, at least to some degree. When I am wearing a shirt that accentuates my waist, or pants that accentuate my thighs, I notice that I walk straighter, and don’t feel the need to walk with my head toward the ground. I see similarities with the correlation between asanas and emotions as between my aesthetic and my physicality. When I place my body in a specific condition or situation, I find it easier to think about and change my emotions throughout the day, something I struggle with constantly.
    With regards to awareness during the asana practice, my mind’s always racing, and I find it hard to calm myself down and focus on what is at hand. However, after beginning yoga, I find it easier to sit with my breath, and, as I learned at the wellness center, pay attention to the expansion of the back of my throat. It is something to focus on that is interesting enough that I don’t feel the need to let my mind wander, but it is something specific enough that it allows me to work on centering myself. Closing my eyes and gazing at the center of my forehead has become easier, as well, and I am able to sit with myself in a loud atmosphere without letting it get to me. The practice of keeping my eyes closed and allowing my breath to come easy as allowed me to become aware of the vibrations floating throughout my body when we enter the relaxation portion of the class, which, in my opinion, restores my confidence in the idea that I am moving forward to a more positive lifestyle.
    Learning more about the 84 different asanas allows me to feel more comfortable in trying new things. The practice of Hatha yoga, in my opinion, is made to center the body and, like the guide said, to balance our masculine and feminine sides. I have struggled with this for a while, as I have three older brothers, and so I grew up in a more masculine household. However, I now understand that I am as much feminine as I am masculine, and I am allowed to experiment with different clothing styles, and emotional expressions. The 84 different asanas, or progressions toward peace, give me hope that I can find the perfect asana to assist me in finding the perfect balance between different parts of my life, such as daughter and adult, or sister and girlfriend. I feel that I have a strongly impacted karmic body in which these roles play a part, and I am very interested in learning to break free from constant thought, take charge of my future, and settle myself in the center of my own mind.
    In the center of my mind, as I mentioned last class, I am a very negative person. I don’t have faith in who I am, and I have a very warped perception of both my physical body, and my emotional interior. I relate to the statement that, “If you mess up the place around you, you can move elsewhere. But if you mess up the body from within, you cannot go elsewhere until you die,” because I have always believed that I have messed up my life to the point where I cannot escape. However, with the help of Hatha yoga, I have realized that, that is not the case. I have the power to take control of my own karmic body, and enhance my understanding of my physical and emotional being with the help of the 84 asanas. I no longer feel the need to speak to myself when I am alone, as I am fearful of solidarity, and instead remain with my breath, and consciously correct myself when I feel my thoughts begin to turn in a fearful or negative direction. I am very much looking forward to being able to sit in one position with ease, instead of a misinterpreted sense of comfort.
    I have completed the Isha Kriya approximately 15 times since my last journal entry, 7 times this week, and I have noticed a very significant change, both in my mental and physical being. I have noticed that, during class, the asanas are becoming easier as I become more in-tune with my breathing, such as boat posture, and I am able to calm myself and relax during crocodile one, and flapping fish. I tried the Isha Kriya this morning after reading the asana guide to alignment, and found myself more calm as I began to understand the deeper meaning of the asana practice. I practiced for 15 minutes this morning, as opposed to my usual 12, and found that my Spanish oral exam flowed better than I thought, and I was not panicking over things I could not control. This time seems to fly by, as once I notice the mantra becoming part of my being, I calm myself down and move to the seven “ahs.” I am slowly getting the hang of not needing a quiet alarm, and am getting more in-tune with my body, and listening to it when it begins to get antsy in a certain position. Slowly moving away from the video and the chart has been difficult, but freeing, because now I know that I am taking my own life into my own hands, and reaping the complete benefits of the Isha Kriya.

  13. The article “Asanas Guide – Align With the Divine | Sadhguru” has enlightened and inspired my yoga practice. My favorite part of the article is when the author discussed Shiva, otherwise know as Ardanarishyara. I always struggle with balancing my feminine and masculine characteristics, so finding harmony between the two is crucial to me. The author states, “He is a man and the very embodiment of manhood. At the same time, he is also woman, because without bringing this balance, without cultivating these two dimensions within us, there is no reaching towards the peak, there is no question of a human being flowering to his fullest possibility.” Reading this sentence gave me sense of comfort and relief. I find my masculine nature can be overbearing when it comes to my personal relationships. This has made me take hatha yoga, otherwise known as the sun and the moon to a more serious level.

    Accepting that I must balance my feminine and masculine side is a large step for me. In the past I believed that one must only be in touch with their inner goddess, I even would meditate with my goddess cards every night. Another part of the article I found interesting was the part about the harm of lying down after you eat because it presses on your organs. I wish I had known this in the past after my families Sunday dinners. A contrasting article on Gaia.com titled “10 Ways to Honor Your Inner Goddess” does not discuss having accepting any sort of masculine qualities one may accumulate. After reading about Ardanarishyara I no longer find this article useful. I will continue to take my Hatha Yoga seriously and accept the preparatory knowledge.

    Sources:

    “| Gaia.” Gaia. N.p., n.d. Web. 29 Sept. 2016.
    http://www.gaia.com/article/10-ways-honor-your-inner-goddess

    “Asanas Guide – Align With the Divine | Sadhguru.” The Isha Blog. N.p., 2016. Web. 29 Sept. 2016.

  14. One part of the many brilliant observations made in this article that I found crucial is the connection between asanas and emotions. Of course this concept has occurred to most people unconsciously, but to make it known can mean we can consciously change the way we position ourselves in order to control our emotions. Just as Sadhguru states “You can change the very way you feel, think, understand, and experience life by sitting in a particular way.” I will keep this notion in mind when I find myself hunching/slouching in order to change my posture to a more open-lunged and favorable position.

    This connects to many of the other articles we have read that speak about breathing in conjunction to posture, but this idea specifically reminds me of one article I read when studying how I could improve my breathing while sick. The article entitled “Posture and Breathing” by Optimal Breathing Mastery, speaks in depth about the scientific reasons behind emotions and health linked to our positioning. It states that the head is approximately twelve pounds and when we slouch we are putting a greater stress on the neck and spine leaving us unknowingly uncomfortable. If we link this to the spiritual aspects of asanas that Sadhguru brings up, we are able to realize that posture has much to do with health, emotions and the way we breath.

    Aspects of posture in asanas are not the only useful points highlighted in the reading. Sadhguru also brings up “Hatha” yoga, or the “balance between the masculine and feminine.” This balance is an important detail in many spiritual and pagan religions and/or practices, such as Wicca. Although practices pertaining to achieving this mutual balance differ throughout the spectrum of religions, they all focus on the very high-powered goal of balancing the masculine and feminine. But of course there are barriers that limit human ability to achieving this notion when we first begin practicing Hatha yoga. That limitation is highlighted in the article as our body, but it also emphasizes that there is a way in adapting which is the “84 assanas.” Which is an extremely useful guide in my eyes to achieving the sun and moon balance (masculine and feminine balance).

  15. In this entry, Sidhguru takes the time to define terminology and science of asanas. He explains that these practices are not merely a set of postures, but they are inherently intertwined with one’s emotions and state of mind. The goal of the asanas is to achieve a certain level of oneness with the mind and body. Among other topics, Sidhguru goes on to discuss the dangers of only teaching the physical side to yoga. The purpose is to create a “vessel” through which to receive “the Divine.” By fine tuning and practicing the asanas correctly, one has the ability to achieve a strong level of stability in ones life.

    What I never understood about the asanas in Yoga was that they, as Sadhguru explains, are meant to elevate one’s consciousness. The way I understood it, asanas were meant to alleviate stresses on the mind through physical posturing. However, I see now that it goes farther than that. The goal of the different asanas is to literally change the way we think. This is what makes them different from exercise. Sure, when I run a few miles when stressed, I feel much better for releasing tension and “sweating it out,” as it were. However, running for me is an activity that I do not have to be mindful during. Being mindful, and maintaining a certain level of awareness to the practice of asanas are what creates that higher level of being.

    I am constantly reading online and in print about ways to take better control of my life. For instances, magazines will tell me to exercise more, others say to eat more kale, others say to sleep more. However, these sources are only describing the smaller aspects of what it means to have charge of your life. Sure, I can alleviate anxiety and compulsive behaviors with even more exercise than I already do, or change my diet and so forth. Yet nothing will really change in my being, and I will never achieve to peace and bliss I seek without first larning that I need control and a level of forcefulness with over my mind and body. What Sadhguru puts so imply and beautifully in his writings is that by treating your body with the respect that is the different yogasanas that is how we take charge of our lives. It is the most effective way of connecting the mind and body more closely, when they so often are at odds with one another.

    I enjoy reading these passages, as they keep me from thinking that I am too busy for practicing the asanas and Isha Kriya. Though I know these practices are nowhere near simple or easy, I find Sadhguru’s deconstruction of these practices an accessible and welcoming feel. I so often feel depleted of energy. I become disappointed with myself, and realize I need to make time for mindfulness. I know I will be a better person, and more in tune with my mind and body if I do.

  16. Reading this post really informed me on why we do the things we do in yoga; answering all the questions we have but don’t ask . . . like why we breathe through our noses and keep our eyes closed. It’s something we do and know it makes for a better practice but we might not know specifically why. It’s really fascinating to me to know that the nasal passage purifies the air we breathe. That is an important thing to know, doing yoga or not.
    I also found the disjointed body interesting too and the part where they mention sitting in a car for too long reclined will actually make you more tired even though you’re not moving. Driving here from home is like an eight hour drive and when I drive, I don’t find myself tired but when my Dad drives and I’m a passenger, I do! I thought it was because when I’m not driving, my brain isn’t active so I become relaxed and tired but I guess it’s the posture I sit in.

  17. This article influenced my perspective on yoga. As previously mentioned in past post, I think of my history with yoga as a bit artificial. in ballet school, the yoga which we practiced was intended for the benefit of dancers. Though this was fantastic in the sense that it allowed for indulgence in luxuries such as flexibility and balance in my dancing, the mindfulness aspect, and the science behind it was perhaps forgotten. I began taking vinyasa flow classes when I was 14. Though I’m grateful that I had been practicing at all, the classes I were taking were at CorePower studios, an which is in my opinion an extremely commercialized studio, which appropriates the practices in order to offer clients an intense workout.

    Hatha yoga is a science- as the article states Ha means sun,and ta means moon, the practice/science appears to truly understand the need for balance. Earlier this week in class, I chose a card after being instructed to- I chose one which described honoring both my masculine and feminine parts. In this article, the author states: The first process of yoga is to bring balance between the masculine and feminine in you. Otherwise there will be no scaling of consciousness.” This quote was particularly of interest to me not only because I had coinsidentally picked the card earlier in the week, but balancing and honoring my masculine famine sides us extremely important to me and relevant in my life as they are aspects of my being and presence which I tend to be critical of. I am curious to understand how yoga can assist me in doing so in a positive manner.

    This article also helped me understand that positions lead me to a greater consciousness, not a greater body through exercise. The science of hatha yoga is extremely complex and I am excited to be a humble student of it. In my approach to my practice, I must remember that “yogasanas are not exercises” and that the sequence of asanas is my way to a more enriched experience in consciousness.

  18. The asanas guide blog explains how yogasanas are about manipulating energy to your benefit. How bringing your masculinity and femininity to a balance is one major part to yoga. There are 84 asanas to acquire in yoga. The best atmosphere to do yoga in is an atmosphere that is convenient for the person doing the certain stretch they want to do. Mostly every single paragraph talked about finding some sort of balance.
    When people told me about yoga classes they took inn the past, they tell me how their instructor(s) mentioned balance, but never told them how to acquire or reach that balance they were told about. That is/was where the teaching or explanation from this blog differ from the teachings people I know have had. This blog talks about how many stretches there are, the best environment etc. It also talks about how to achieve balance within oneself.
    When it comes to my own experiences I have no problems with certain stretches and I notice when certain stretches are past my limit. However, at the same time I still try my hardest to do the stretch to a certain perfection because I feel like that’s my body telling me that certain nerves and muscles are moving in a way they never moved before.
    I’ve done the IK 4 times this week (I’ll probably do it for the fifth and final time on Sat.). I have been using the video as a guide to help me so I won’t forge a step and so it can be ingrained in my memory little by little. I try to practice the IK for 14-15 minutes on a daily basis and I practice throughout the middle of the day. Once the time hits 14-15 minutes I have a tier on my phone that goes off so I know how long I did it for. I practice in my room since most of the time my roommates have class by the time i’m back and I notice that every time I complete it the time seems to speed up and also i feel more focused.

  19. Isaiah~

    One simple statement that struck me as important was the comment of how one’s physical and mental states can have a big influence on how the asana is performed, for example if the asana is performed with bad posture because maybe the yogini has not had enough rest then the benefits of the experience are hindered greatly. I can say for myself that my posture not only reflects, but also effects my mood/energy level. And on top of this people interpret a lot about other people based on their body language. I’ve noticed my body develop a sort of muscle memory that links how I am feeling to how I am seated. For example, after performing the Isha Kriya at least three times a week for three weeks, whenever I begin my Isha Kriya, I am immediately relaxed just by setting up for the experience. Simply sitting crossed legged on my bed in my dorm brings me some peace of mind and body and I can see me using this as a helpful tool especially around the stressful times in the year such as finals week, etc.

    The notion of balancing one’s feminine and masculine sides really peeked my interest and the relationship between masculine/feminine to the sun and moon only intrigued me more. I found it useful to split up the body into a left and right half for the experience and to focus on balancing these sides and also balancing the whole body and the mind, creating a unity. Too often I find I split my body and mind apart and cannot exercise the two at the same time. The asanas are great for creating this unity which makes one feel more complete.

  20. This article was straight forward and comprehensive that cover a lot of facets of yoga. This guide begins with a description of asana and Hatha Yoga. I was particularly intrigued by the part that talked about the three nadis that manifest who we are. I do believe that yoga brings balance between the feminine and masculine and that if the two were off balance then one can never reach their full potential or possibility. for the past couple of weeks I’ve personally been doing yoga to let go of stress, my past and to let go of control. I truly believe that barrier is limitations of the body and mind. Yoga has helped me take control of my life and when doing it with a class, I have felt everybody’s energy, and that togetherness and individualism has helped me reach complete stillness.
    The article talked about the 84 basic asana positions of ways to attain full benefits, wish was written in a way that makes you look forward to. The experience of yoga has allowed me to have more control over my emotions, I’ve always been told that I feel to deeply and yoga has allowed me to have more control over my mind and emotions because I understand them better.

  21. I found this article interesting because it laid out very simply what everything means when talking about Yoga. It’s very easy to walk into a room and do Yoga without really understanding the philosophical ideology behind it all.
    Not to mention, this article helped me when I do my Yoga because it had valuable guidance. I find it very difficult to really get into the correct mindset when I do Yoga and this article helped me with that.
    It was also very interesting to read about what could possibly come over doing the correct Asanas and really surrendering yourself to the Yoga practices.

  22. This article was very helpful to me in expanding my understanding of what yoga ideally is, in that it answered questions I didn’t know to ask. Sadhguru’s words have also put to rest a few concerns I’ve had while practicing the asanas regarding my own body.
    When reading the guide, I became aware of how each thing related to my body in the moment. I began sort of slumped over on my bed because I haven’t been feeling well today, but as I read I corrected my posture and breathing, and by the end of the guide I felt significantly better and more awake.
    Sadhguru states many times in the guide that the body and mind work as one, which stood out to me as very different from what Western culture tends to practice. For instance, when I was younger and became very lethargic for months at a time, I saw a therapist and psychiatrist who diagnosed me with depression. I regarded my depression and anxiety, among other things to strictly ailments of the mind. Alternatively, when I would get strep throat or a bad cold, I went to a doctor to solve these ailments of the body. In just the act of correcting my posture and breathing while reading this article in my room, I feel much less lethargic than when I woke up this morning.
    Ive always been a very science oriented person, which I think had manifested in younger me as suspicion of yogic spirituality, but simply reacting physically to the guide was a body-on experience that definitely proves the function of yoga. I can now identify with Sadhguru’s disdain of “Western yoga” as I’ve been able to separate the traditional truth of it from what I used to think it was. Before this class, my perspective of yoga was based on some exercise DVDs my friends would follow along with where a variety of 30-something year old, blonde-haired, blue-eyed, physically lean, women would tell you to take a position and hold it without regard for the mental aspect of the practice. As a chubby nerd-child, that representation told me that yoga was not for me. Now that ive gained a better understanding of its traditional function from experienced and reliable sources, I’ve learned that yoga is actually an excellent practice in mindfulness for everyone.
    I’ve noticed in class that some concerns from that previous perspective were affecting my ability to focus. For instance, I physically can not put my chest to my knees and my head on the ground without raising my butt and breathing poorly because I have large thighs and large breasts. Each time I have tried, I have failed and experienced discomfort and anxiety about doing it wrong. I now recognize that it’s counterproductive to my asana practice to force myself into that discomfort for many reasons. Instead of worrying about that one position, I should recognize that maybe that just isn’t the asana that’s going to be most beneficial in starting this journey, and I should instead, view the other 83 as possibilities rather than this one as a road block.

    • Yes I agree, that you have now explored trying the rabbit/child pose sequence and you should choose other poses while we do these that give you benefit without challenges, OM

  23. Aliena Ali

    I found most interesting the section about why yoga practices are often done in threes. I particularly enjoyed the quote, “Unless they [mind, body, and energy; sun, moon, and earth] are shot down with a single arrow, they will not fall.” I took this as a metaphor speaking to very intimate parts of our beings in which the mind, body, and energy are just that while the arrow symbolizes life’s difficulties. This quote illustrates that we are very dynamic-yet easily malleable beings. While we are strong, but we are also very fragile. On one hand, with a single arrow, we can be harmed. But on the other hand, said arrow would have to strike three of our strongest qualities in order to successfully harm us. The quote supports that although we may get wounded here and there, we always have other parts of ourselves to rely on. This section of the Asanas Guide describes this quite poetically.

    Also in this section was a piece about the limits of logic. It is needless to say that as human beings, we do not always approach everything in life logically. We almost always bring some shred of our inner feelings to a situation whether it is personal or business related. However, this section struck me because we often time do not even acknowledge that we do this. Speaking for myself, I subconsciously believe that I am only using logic to deal with a difficult situation. In reality, that is farthest from the truth, especially when dealing with other people. I think that in recognizing that we never actually only use logic, we can prevent a lot of conflicts with others and prevent those within ourselves as well. I see this as a way of recognizing our own humanity. Instead of becoming consumed with the beliefs that we are right because we are supposedly only using logic, we can allow ourself to look past the black and white and perhaps explore the gray area, as the reading suggests.

  24. In one of last week’s posts, we learned about the concept of balance with article author Jacinta Aalsma wherein they briefly went over the concepts of asanas. In this week’s post, we are guided further into that world with the help of Sadhguru. The ideas are broken down a lot more, with emphasis on asanas in relation to our physical and emotional health. Asanas, as defined by Sadhguru are postures. He says, “There are innumerable postures your body can take.” In relation to yoga, we have the subsection of “yogasanas” which is meant to lead you to higher possibilities. In further relation to yoga, the article explains the etymology behind hatha yoga, or the science begin asanas. The article states. “‘Ha means sun, ‘ta’ means moon.” This, as we learn, is the balance between masculine and feminine energies, or the sun and the moon. Through yoga, yogasanas, and other spiritual practices, we work to help our body balance these.
    The article mentions there are 84 asanas to attain. It is important to remember that these are not simply postures, as asanas are not just poses or postures. They are “very subtle process of manipulating your energy in a certain direction. It needs to be done with a certain level of awareness.” I kept this in my mind while reading the article, and even while writing my journal. I am becoming more cognizant of the work I plan on doing in order to gain more consciousness, and I hadn’t necessarily recognized that beforehand.
    One of the most relatable parts to me–more so than the one formerly mentioned–was the section on Taking charge of your life. As I’d mentioned in Monday’s class, I have had many situations in which I have felt I did not control my own life. After reading this section, I realized that at any moment I can choose to take my life back, as many yogis have done before me. The sentences that resonated with me the most was, “This is what yogasana means – you are taking charge of your life. You are transforming your body and mind into a possibility in your life.”

  25. As always these readings really open up my mind to all the wonderful aspects of yoga. I want to feel as though I am truly understanding every avenue of my experience, and only creating a better, more thoughtful environment for myself. This article talks of posture in a way that many people are aware of, but don’t necessarily incorporate into their lifestyle or try to fix it. Body language will always be a direct connection to your emotions and mentality. I think it is very important to understand what your body is expressing, and this article really helped me to understand that even the simplest of physical changes can adjust your mentality. When I think about all the control I can have over my own perspective and thought process, it makes me feel more positive and hopeful that I will be able to handle the changes and struggles and stresses that come with life if I allow myself to simply think differently, and move my body in ways that reflect that.This connects so well to the purpose of yoga; connecting your inner and outer dimensions. Taking the inside and reflecting it to your outer self and vice versa.
    I find that it is also important to do the 84 asanas/postures in a way that not only best benefit your body and its internal systems, but also its align yourself with the cosmos, and truly learn to use that energy within yourself and use it. I personally really want to focus on finding a good atmosphere for myself. As sadghuru mentions, atmosphere plays a large role in comfort and concentration as well as peace. I struggle to find real quiet and peace with where I am currently, and it does take its toll not only on my yoga practice but my day to day life when I am unable to attain it. But when I do, i seriously reap the benefits.

  26. This article was the most in-depth description of yoga that I have ever read. Although I would have preferred there to be more references to scientific evidence, as well as testimonials from others, I did find there to be a lot of interesting take-aways. I appreciated the Sadhguru clarifing that asanas are not simply exercises or postures-their purpose transcends the physical. Focusing on breathing, as well as the energy flowing through the body is necessary in order to correctly experience the asanas. Although I am aware that emotions control our outward posture, I never considered the inversion of that- how posture can influence our emotions. In today’s society, it is very true that we lack balance. We disproportionately direct our attention towards work and activities, and neglect our bodies and mental states. Our bodies can be clearly telling us that something is wrong, yet most of the time we ignore it. I like how practicing asanas can help us to address these issues and re-balance our life to focus on the bigger picture. Just like the Sadghuru mentioned, each atmosphere us humans use is “set up” for a specific purpose. Whether we realize it or not, we set up our body to take on everything that we do in a day. If our set-up is built on a shaky foundation, we will find ourselves losing control. Yoga is all about creating a union between the inner sensations of the body and mind’s perception with the outward experiences around us. Overall, I found this article to be a very interesting and though-provoking read.

  27. In the article it mentions how yoga is a union between these two dimensions – inner and outer, you and the rest, you and the other. I always believed yoga was about the self, balance, and connection with our energies. I connected yoga with Buddhism because it involves a lot silence, and medication. Buddism focus about nature, the self, and balance.
    In the beginning, it discusses subtle processes of manipulating your energy in a certain direction. Level of awareness while practice asanas is about the breath, sensations, reverberations, being aware of the nadis, or with appropriate mantras. The body is very complicated. Sometimes I feel unsure with the position I do in class, sometimes I feel like I do it incorrectly. By doing so, I sense I am not achieving my full energy of balance. Is there a right or wrong to do yoga?
    Personally, reading this article was very interesting. It discussed about traditional stories, myths, sayings, and advice that helps the readers to fully grasp yoga. For example, I do not know you can lie down right after food. They said In India, they always told you that you must eat before or just after sunset, and leave at least four hours before you go to bed, because the food should have left the stomach by then. If the stomach is full and you lie down, it presses on other organs. I thought it was about the digestive system. I am familiar with not consuming a lot of food at dinner but not eating before lying down. I thought the body is capable of doing anything. Asanas explores the body and your mind. That’s because our nerves, and bones are the motor receptors to our brain; it becomes automatic.
    Another thing I enjoy in class is the Sadhguru- closing my eyes at class. I agree with the article; it does shut the body down and makes you feel the world has disappeared. All I can see is darkness once my eyes are closed and all I feel is my breath.
    Lastly, The story of Rakshasa and Shiva was a lovely short story. It demonstrates how man cannot be all powerful physically but needs to be balanced with peace and emotional connected. Rakshasa was selfish and lacked humanity. It was about power for him. Shiva revealed there is more than just power. Shiva plays an important role of calmness and awareness. It’s about being aware of our surroundings. Sometimes our environments changes us in a negative or positive way but self-awareness shows that the body and mind connects.

    • Josephine, you can always choose a space right near my mat for my advice and asana corrections, but don’t worry you will learn each week more and more and I promise you have and will be safe in classes. It is mostly about digestion that we say not to eat after the sun sets, the solar battery goes down when the sun sets and limits our energy for processes like digestion, best wishes,OM

  28. I found this article to be very helpful. It is interesting how your body can be influenced by something like the way you sit. I had never thought of that. I found a lot of useful information in this post that I will take with me from now on. I have done 5 IK this week.

  29. I appreciated the comment on being non-judgemental about flexibility and how it does not correlate to one’s willingness or openness. I struggle with my flexibility and it has been a long uphill battle. I’ve always been open-minded to meditation and yoga and all forms of spiritual and physical activities. Part of my physical issues are genetic and part are due to stress and other past experiences. It is very easy for me to feel insecure when I practice yoga, especially in a public setting. I sometimes fear that I am not doing it “right” or that I’m being judged by my fellow yoginis and even by my instructor. At the end of the day, I remind myself that all of our bodies are different and we have different needs.

    Discomfort is not an unusual thing for me, so it can be difficult for me to judge the difference between what is pushing my body in a healthy way verses pushing too far. When I feel discomfort in my asanas, I bring my focus and energy back to the breath. If I can pinpoint the area where there is pain or tension, and I breathe deeply into it, a lot of the “problems” dissipate for me.

    • Alexa, my only hope for you is that you are able to grow safely with your asanas…if you want me to take a closer look let’s talk before class, you should enjoy your practice most importantly….Namaste

  30. The topic of this article consisted of comprehensively expelling asana. Asana is a posture. Specifically in the practice of yoga, asanas are architecturally composed to reap the maximum level of benefits of specific motivations. Yoga is composed of an “innumerable” amount of asanas. It is described that not only can asanas be constructed but postures are naturally occurring as embodied reactions to our emotions. But asanas don’t stop there either. The posture of your body is a product but also is a perpetuator and catalyzer of one’s mental landscape and therefor, perceptual and emotional experiences. Certain postures will promote anxiety and anxious living whereas others can evoke calmness.
    This subjectivity of perceptual experience based on bodily orientation is also an enticing topic of discussion in that of the field of anthropology (I know this is a startling comparison for me specifically to make). In anthropologist, Paul Stoller’s prologue to, “Sensuous Scholarship”. In this piece, he describes that not only are the cultural standards of the ethnographer potential sights for misinterpretation during fieldwork in foreign places, but so are the bodily and sensorial experiences of the ethnographer’s body. In this way, he diffuses academia’s boundaries between the academic’s mind and body. Rather the relationship between the two are symbiotic and are artificially severed in classic academic theory, subjecting itself to vilification.
    Hatha yoga is therefor, the science of asanas. This science is one that is composed of a set of processes that result in certain bodily and spiritual reactions and intentions. The limbs of these processes are the curations of these various postures. This practice also diffuses barriers artificially, subjectively and culturally mandated of our nurturing. One significant barrier is that of female and male. The very first process of yoga is to connect with the feminine and masculine forces that build our individual character and essences. This process in its very nature is one that defies the gendered assumptions of personhood. Rather, one is half man, half woman. These forces are equal to one another and are essentially never without the other in total equivalence.
    This process of imprinting on the mind and the body is a motif of the body’s spiritual capabilities and signature to the technique of hatha yoga. It is stated in this article that the body “can download the cosmos”. In this phrase, the body acts as a software, a system of processes and smaller systems whereas the spiritual energy of universe’s matter is its data, available to access through a process of implementing. In this interaction there is a process of learning about the other. In this case, learning its power, composition, its rhythms. One must investigate the reigns that seduces it, and gains its trust—one must build a mutual and symbiotic relationship with it. By learning asanas, you are cultivating a relationship with various energies in order to relearning your body’s flows of energy and therefor your mindset and emotional perceptions as the mind and body are infinitely linked.

  31. I’m really glad we read this article/interview. And it describes pretty well why I’m glad we read it at the end. When they say that it would take life times to understand how technology works, that’s true. But at the same time, I like to understand at least at a surface level how technology works and this article gave me a surface level understanding of how yoga and yogasanas work which is something I was very ignorant to.

    At the start, when it spoke about your physical posture related to your feelings, I think about that quite often. I once saw a therapist who thought it was interesting that when I spoke about certain parts of my life I crossed my arms and when I spoke about others I did not. She felt I was protecting myself. I didn’t fully agree, I didn’t think I was doing that, consciously. However subconsciously I could be doing anything, I wouldn’t know. But your subconscious is where your real emotions hide. I like that you can make yourself sit in certain posture in order to induce certain feelings subconsciously. That is probably the only way I have heard to influence a part of my mind I thought was untouchable. That is a powerful form of yoga.

    Another part about balance caught my eye too. If you remember, I said that I wanted to achieve success in my field and here it says that the only way to do that is with balance. That combined with what you said about finding nourishment in yourself is a tall order. But I understand it. It reminds me of something my mother used to tell me if people tried to pick on you. If people would tell you, you are stupid or whatever, but you knew it to not be true than what did it matter. If you are hearing from all around you that you are a failure because you failed, but you know that it was only one time and you can bounce back than it is true.

    I also wanted to address the part about speaking. I completely understand that speaking would disrupt the meditation that makes compete sense. Is that why during our classes you are usually not doing the poses because it would disrupt with your own meditation? And secondly, I am curious about listening. Does listening take away from the mediation? I feel like it is similar to speaking because you brain is working on something else, it is not focused on the mind and body and therefor as the article says it’s emotions would also be out of wack.

    And lastly I really liked the bit about internalizing yoga. Closing your eyes during yoga. In the beginning I had a hard time closing my eyes, mostly because of trust issues. But I totally understand why one should. You take in so much information with your eyes and they are constantly working, allowing them to rest and allowing your body to think about it’s self and not the outside work is probably very important to find balance.

    -Phillip Laskaris

    • Excellent points you raise here….the reason why I don’t do the sadhana with the class is that I am responsible for everyone learning the asanas properly, to help make adjustments and to read your progress to help you achieve your best on your mat….about listening there are many channels for us to listen to…the traffic, other’s conversations, the fan or furnace, the birds, music, but when we begin to fine tune to our own breathing/heartbeat….going deeper to our own silence we enter into a meditative/contemplative zone….even for little moments…..Your honest thoughts and questions are refreshing, thanks for sharing yoga, Namaste

  32. The reoccurring theme in the Asanas Guide was unionizing your internal and external experience. Sadhguru states “Do not forget, yoga means union. Union means two have become one. There are only two in existence – you and the rest of existence.” I find that both my external and internal experience affect how I live my daily life. If I feel happy I am in a physically open stance and my heart is open and ready to let others in. When I am upset I notice a vast change in my physicality, I try to slump and cross my arms and legs as to make myself small. Internally there is a shift too, I am no longer open to people and am often offended or hurt more easily.

    I appreciated that there are certain Asanas that help release certain internal feelings and also help your discover feelings inside yourself. It seems so simple, but I appreciated that Sadhguru said to close your eyes to help reach a higher dimension. It helped me connect the idea that we are so visually stimulated and if we close our eyes we are able to merge our outer experience with our inner experience. The inner experience to me can be positive and negative. I believe if you are living in this false world within your mind that is bad, but if you are trying to reach a higher dimension by letting go of your mind and body that in itself is beautiful.

    My friend Derya from Turkey encouraged me to start sitting with my palms facing up anytime that I felt nervous or small. I started to do what she said and noticed a difference in myself. I felt like I was taking the positive and powerful energy in the world and was no longer feeling weak in any type of way. There is power in physical stances and I would like to explore more asanas positions so that I can see more growth in the way I handle my daily life.

  33. This article had a lot of valuable information about yoga, and helped further my understanding about what yoga really is and what conditions and actions are best for performing an Asana. One thing that I found particularly interesting was how intentional everything we are instructed to do is. Our environment, postures, breath, thoughts, movements, and other factors all affect whether or not we can correctly practice yoga, and thus need to be structured and/or performed in very specific ways. It is easy to feel like some of the instructions or arbitrary or that there are several ways to perform the movements, but this article shows that even the most minor details are very impactful on our inner state.

    I was also interested by the emphasis on yoga mostly being a non-aerobic exercise. I initially felt that you were supposed to breath heavily and feel fatigued while practicing yoga. I now feel that a huge goal is to be able to perform the movements and positions without having to breath more deeply or exert a lot of energy. As I continue to practice, I will definitely try to attain a level of comfort with each movement or position to limit the amount of energy I exert.

  34. This article is about asana, what it is, and how we can better our practice. Essentially, asana is your posture. Our posture changes if we are tired, and also if we have certain moods. Sadhguru says in the article that people change their posture if they are sad or if they are happy. He believes that by consciously getting your body into a certain posture, you can also elevate your consciousness. I agree with this idea. When I was younger my mother always used to tell me that the way I carry myself says a lot about me. I do believe that you can begin to change the way you feel just by elevating your posture. Sadhguru states that asana is a balance of physical and mental awareness. This class has taught me to be conscious of my breath, and I’ve noticed that when I’ve been more aware of my breath throughout the day. Being conscious of my breath, and my asana truly does make me feel better.

    • Namaste, this assignment included: 3/9/15 Significance of 108, and 8/13/12 Listen to the reading on Non-Attachment, along with the Asana Guide which you have written about, Namaste

  35. This article was so fulfilling, I never knew the direct interpretation of Hatha yoga- yoga of the sun and the moon, so for everyday life. The balance of the masculine and feminine energies inside of everyone is something I am very new to. I understand the womanhood that my body represents, the purely physical functions are feminine but I feel as if the energies inside of me are capable of unity with everything, not just feminine and masculine. I believe there shouldn’t be a distinction, I guess.

  36. I personally think it is very important to understand what your body is communicating to you on a day to day basis, and this article really shed some light on the fact that even the most minute physical change can cause ripples that affect your mental state. Having control over your own perspective and thought process is highly valuable. It makes me feel more positive and hopeful that I will be able to handle the changes and struggles and stresses that come with life if I allow myself to simply think differently, and move my body in ways that reflect that.If anything, I think this is essential to understanding the purpose of yoga in the world; engaging not only with the physical but the theoretical.

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