#AYVmysoreCHALLENGE

Sharing a quote that was read by Fiona before chanting and mysore yoga practice at AYV.

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Every time you confront a challenge and see it through with endurance and courage, you become a hero or heroine…
During these tough situations when you show up for life to face your demons —or strengthen a weak inner or outer muscle— you grow. Your self-esteem increases, you feel less afraid, and you gain the wisdom of your experience. Take a moment to ask yourself to what extent you are able to be present and compassionate in the face of the challenges in your life. Can you refuse to run from what requires your energy and kind attention and choose instead to stay in a fire of transformation?
— ‑Barbara Kapalan Herring “Virasana” Yoga Journal, October 2002, p 59

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Purpose of doing asana

Notes from Sharath Conference, Mysore


यथा तृले रविः प्रत्यारेत्प्र्‌।
तृतीय
गस्थित योगी विकारसं हरेीत्युपनित्‌।।

yathā tṛtīyakāle tu raviḥ pratyāharetprabhām
tṛtīyaṅgasthito yogī vikāraṁ manasaṁ haredītyupaniṣat।। 

Similar to the Sun taking his rays inwards at the third period of dusk, the yogi who is the third limb would control his mind. Yoga Chudamani Upanishad.

Sharath explained it this way: At sunrise the sun is bright, at noon, it is harsh, but at sunset it has withdraw all of its power so it becomes calm. Yogi is who becomes stable in asana practice and removes the disorders of the mind, so he becomes calm.

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Most of us start our yoga journey through asana. Asana is the foundation for our spiritual journey, but we need to be careful because yoga has become too physical that it has become dangerous. So we need to understand what asana means.

Yoga is like the sun, everyone can take energy from it, but if we are not careful we burn ourselves. If we look with binoculars directly at the sun we become blind. Yoga has a system. If we follow a linage and do it properly something good will happen, if not, it can be harmful.

Yoga must come through a linage. Nobody owns it. 

The third limb of yoga, asana, must be practiced following a method, evam parampara-preaptam, guru-shishya parampara. This means that a teacher is the one who will guide you through this journey. There are no books that explain the proper method. In The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, there are only three sutras that mention asana, but they do not explain how to practice.

Sthirasukhamāsanam 2.46
Prayatnaśaithilyānatasamāpattibhyām 2.47

Tatō dvandvānabhighātaḥ 2.48

By practicing properly we calm the mind, we connect our body, mind and breath. As they become stable, nothing disturbs us. Once you practice ahimsa (non-violence), satya (truthfulness) will come, and there will be no conflicts within you.

Once you do a proper practice, changes occur within yourself. This is very important. Your mind and body opens and gets broader, so you are not stuck, so you are able to let go. Anger, attachment, jealousy, selfishness, fear will cease of arising. You will be free of everything.

Yoga is funny; sometimes you never know what yoga is. Yoga is what you realize within you. Is like the taste of masala dosa.

When you practice and become more focus, when you get rid of all delusions, that means yoga is happening within you.

Asanas will come and go that doesn’t matter, but prayatna (effort) must be always there, as the real knowledge is within us. So a proper practice will bring calm and stability, there would be no vikarate (disorders of the mind because of no proper understanding), our minds will become more focus, clearer and the other limbs will become more approachable. This is purpose of doing asana.

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Sanskrit version of the Upanishads verses quoted by Sharath where taken from: http://www.vedarahasya.net/yogachudamani.htm

El propósito de la práctica de asanas

Conferencia de Sharath Jois

यथा तृले रविः प्रत्यारेत्प्र
तृतीयङ
गस्थित योगी विकार सं हरेीत्युपनित्।।

yathā tṛtīyakāle tu raviḥ pratyāharetprabhām|
tṛtīyaṅgasthito yogī vikāraṁ manasaṁ haredītyupaniṣat|| 121

Similar al sol que retrae sus rayos durante el tercer momento del atardecer, un yogui en la tercera rama (asana) encontrará la calma. Yoga Chudamani Upanishad

Sharath lo explicó de la siguiente manera: el sol es radiante al amanecer, al mediodía intenso y severo, pero el sol al atardecer, cuando ya ha liberado toda su energía, es placentero y calmo. Es así como un yogui que encuentra la estabilidad en la práctica de asana (postura), remueve los disturbios mentales y encuentra la calma.

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La mayoría de la gente comienza el recorrido del yoga mediante la práctica de asanas. Las asanas son la base para este camino espiritual, pero debemos ser cuidadosos, ya que el yoga se ha convertido en algo muy físico y esto es peligroso. Necesitamos entender que significa la práctica de asanas.

El yoga es como el sol, todos podemos obtener energía de él. Pero si no somos cuidadosos nos puede perjudicar. Si miramos directo al sol con binoculares vamos a quedar ciegos. El yoga sigue un sistema. Si nosotros seguimos un linaje de manera adecuada, cosas muy buenas van a ocurrir, pero si no, podemos dañarnos.

La práctica del yoga debe provenir desde un linaje, nadie se lo puede adjudicar.

La tercera rama del ashtanga yoga, es la práctica de asanas, la cual debe ser seguida de acuerdo a un método, evam parampara-praptam, guru-shishya parampara. Esto significa que un maestro es quien debe guiarnos por el recorrido. No hay libros que expliquen este método de manera adecuada. En los Yoga Sutras de Patanjali, solo en tres estrofas se hace mención a las asanas, pero no explican el método.

Sthirasukhamāsanam 2.46
Prayatnaśaithilyānatasamāpattibhyām 2.47

Tatō dvandvānabhighātaḥ 2.48

Al practicar de manera apropiada, calmamos la mente, logramos conectar nuestro cuerpo, mente y respiración. Una vez que encontramos la estabilidad, nada nos perturbará. Cuando logramos practicar ahimsa (la no violencia), satya (la verdad) va a llegar y no existirán los conflictos internos.

Si practicamos de manera rigurosa, vamos a experimentar cambios internos. Esto es muy importante. La mente y el cuerpo se abren y se hacen vastos. No nos quedamos estancados, somos capaces de dejar ir. El enojo, el apego, los celos, el egoísmo y el miedo no emergen. Seremos libres de todo.

Yoga es un concepto gracioso, muchas veces no sabemos lo que el yoga es. Yoga es lo que realizamos dentro de nosotros. Es como tomarle el gusto a una masala dosa. Tenemos que experimentarlo, comerla y saborearla y así descubrir, lentamente ir descubriendo a qué nos sabe.

Cuando practicas y logras encontrar foco, cuando logras deshacerte de todas las delusiones mentales, significa que el yoga esta ocurriendo dentro tuyo.

Las asanas vienen y van, eso no importa. Pero prayatna (el esfuerzo) tiene que estar siempre ahí, tal como el verdadero conocimiento está dentro de uno.

Entonces la practica sostenida traerá calma y estabilidad, no habrán vikarate (delusiones mentales por falta de entendimiento), nuestras mentes encontrarán la claridad y las otras ramas del ashtanga se harán más alcanzables.

 

La cita que utilizó Sharath proviene de los Upanishads. http://hatharaja.blogspot.in/2011/02/yoga-chudamani-upanishad.html

Gurustotrani

अज्ञानतिमिरान्धस्य  ज्ञानाञ्जनशालाकया ।
चक्षुरुन्मीलितं  येन  तस्मै  श्रीगुरवे  नमः ॥

Ajnyaana-Timira-Andhasya Jnyaana-[Aa]n.jana-Shaalaakayaa |
Cakssur-Unmiilitam Yena Tasmai Shrii-Gurave Namah ||

Every conference Sharath starts with a short stance. Its part of a stotra that salutes the Guru. Its beautiful.

Narasimhan explained the meaning:

Who removes the Darkness of ignorance from our blind eyes with the collyrium of Light and knowledge.
By whom our eyes are opened, I bow to that Guru.