Dogs are celestial beings. Is yours?

Dec 20, 2020
This week I want to share a compilation of teachings from Prashant Iyengar. He had to postpone this intensive due to contracting COVID and he seems to have recovered quite well speaking to the randomness of this disease but more to the fortitude of Prashant practice of breath and breathing.
 
This is always his focus. He does not teach physically complicated poses because he is guiding us towards absorption and the mind must be in a right state, the breath must be connected, the body completely integrated in order to reach this place.
 
Many people are turned off by Prashant’s teachings as he doesn’t continue the technique madness he finds in Iyengar yoga or the focus the “physiocracy” of asana. I love his classes even if they challenge every cell in my body.
 
Posture, he says, is the front runner to yoga.
 
Yoga is a self searching process and education with a spiritual purpose, to gain wisdom and to explore your potential. "The body is the instrument” for the uncovering of wisdom. This wisdom, he says, comes 90% from within you.
 
The popularization of yoga in the West has been because it was introduced as a physical exercise that makes us healthy and look good but this is not the ultimate purpose of yoga.
 
Luckily the benefits of yoga are so widespread that if you come for exercise, it will serve you, if you come for recovery you will be healed but ultimately it is the learning process that takes it beyond posture to asana.
 
When Prashant teaches he addresses the practitioner who has a personal, home practice. One who has the technique of the poses and is able to explore, discover and be sensitive to feel the effects of their experiments. He assumes that you learn in class and you take that learning into your practice. He often says to us as we are exploring the breath, you must be sensitive and know how the shift of a prop or a limb can change your experience.
 
When are in a posture are you staying and staying and suffering or are you maintaining? What is the difference? Prashant’s hierarchy for practice is staying, maintaining, intensity, penetration, freedom and absorption. It is in absorption that sensitivity of breath is required.
 
So, where do you start your practice? Depends on your condition. Did you sleep well? Are you anxious? It depends on you and must be customized for you.
 
At the start of your practice, you must “flush” out any negativity of if you are in a normal state than you “maximize your positivity” We do this we the breath, posture and the invocation.
 
This flushing continues with breathing in different locations while in a pose, one that you can sustain and penetrate. This sharp exhalation gives you the penetration necessary to connect and integrate all your parts. Prashant called this the “bootlace system.” When one lacing affects he rest of the lacing on the boot- all is interconnected and interdependent.
 
When you are practicing asana are you interconnected in all the body parts, the breath and the mind? Prashant asked us if our down dog was a boorish dog or a well-trained dog, a celestial dog?
 
A celestial dog!! How can your dog become well-trained and even celestial?
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Let’s explore down dog. If this is a challenging pose for you pick another.
Do each of these experiments for as many times as it takes for you to “feel” and observe the affect.
 
Breathe in the arms. What happens?
The legs. What happens?
The chest. The head.
Breath long and smooth and slow. What happens
Breath short and fast and complete. What is different?
 
Observe the difference
At the end, observe if now dog pose is more interconnected and …celestial.
 
How to integrate and connect
Stand in Vriksasana, tree pose. Come down.
Now, Press the foot onto the leg and the leg into the foot strongly.
Come down.
Observe how Tadasana feels differently.
Again Tree pose and notice how the foot improves the leg and the leg has improve the foot and now the hips and trunk are joining in without much effort.
 
You can do the same experiment in any pose.
 
The last two days we focused on pranayama and using the bolster in different ways to feel the reaction or
Effect on the breath .
Bolster horizontal under the hips, the waist the chest. Different types of breath occur.
 
He told us there are more than 355 variations of Ujayii breath that can be done…in one pranayama.
 
The subject of yoga is as big as a galaxy.
For each year that comes, there is something new to learn about yourself - yoga is the north star.
 
 
Join our private facebook group for weekly videos
 
This week I want to share a compilation of teachings from Prashant Iyengar. He had to postpone this intensive due to contracting COVID and he seems to have recovered quite well speaking to the randomness of this disease but more to the fortitude of Prashant practice of breath and breathing.
 
This is always his focus. He does not teach physically complicated poses because he is guiding us towards absorption and the mind must be in a right state, the breath must be connected, the body completely integrated in order to reach this place.
 
Many people are turned off by Prashant’s teachings as he doesn’t continue the technique madness he finds in Iyengar yoga or the focus the “physiocracy” of asana. I love his classes even if they challenge every cell in my body.
 
Posture, he says, is the front runner to yoga.
 
Yoga is a self searching process and education with a spiritual purpose, to gain wisdom and to explore your potential. "The body is the instrument” for the uncovering of wisdom. This wisdom, he says, comes 90% from within you.
 
The popularization of yoga in the West has been because it was introduced as a physical exercise that makes us healthy and look good but this is not the ultimate purpose of yoga.
 
Luckily the benefits of yoga are so widespread that if you come for exercise, it will serve you, if you come for recovery you will be healed but ultimately it is the learning process that takes it beyond posture to asana.
 
When Prashant teaches he addresses the practitioner who has a personal, home practice. One who has the technique of the poses and is able to explore, discover and be sensitive to feel the effects of their experiments. He assumes that you learn in class and you take that learning into your practice. He often says to us as we are exploring the breath, you must be sensitive and know how the shift of a prop or a limb can change your experience.
 
When are in a posture are you staying and staying and suffering or are you maintaining? What is the difference? Prashant’s hierarchy for practice is staying, maintaining, intensity, penetration, freedom and absorption. It is in absorption that sensitivity of breath is required.
 
So, where do you start your practice? Depends on your condition. Did you sleep well? Are you anxious? It depends on you and must be customized for you.
 
At the start of your practice, you must “flush” out any negativity of if you are in a normal state than you “maximize your positivity” We do this we the breath, posture and the invocation.
 
This flushing continues with breathing in different locations while in a pose, one that you can sustain and penetrate. This sharp exhalation gives you the penetration necessary to connect and integrate all your parts. Prashant called this the “bootlace system.” When one lacing affects he rest of the lacing on the boot- all is interconnected and interdependent.
 
When you are practicing asana are you interconnected in all the body parts, the breath and the mind? Prashant asked us if our down dog was a boorish dog or a well-trained dog, a celestial dog?
 
A celestial dog!! How can your dog become well-trained and even celestial?
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Let’s explore down dog. If this is a challenging pose for you pick another.
Do each of these experiments for as many times as it takes for you to “feel” and observe the affect.
 
Breathe in the arms. What happens?
The legs. What happens?
The chest. The head.
Breath long and smooth and slow. What happens
Breath short and fast and complete. What is different?
 
Observe the difference
At the end, observe if now dog pose is more interconnected and …celestial.
 
How to integrate and connect
Stand in Vriksasana, tree pose. Come down.
Now, Press the foot onto the leg and the leg into the foot strongly.
Come down.
Observe how Tadasana feels differently.
Again Tree pose and notice how the foot improves the leg and the leg has improve the foot and now the hips and trunk are joining in without much effort.
 
You can do the same experiment in any pose.
 
The last two days we focused on pranayama and using the bolster in different ways to feel the reaction or
Effect on the breath .
Bolster horizontal under the hips, the waist the chest. Different types of breath occur.
 
He told us there are more than 355 variations of Ujayii breath that can be done…in one pranayama.
 
The subject of yoga is as big as a galaxy.
For each year that comes, there is something new to learn about yourself - yoga is the north star.
 
 
Join our private facebook group for weekly videos
 

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