Merging body, mind and consciousness
Raja yoga- Patanjali 2,47 “ By lessening the natural tendency for restlessness and by meditating on the infinite, posture is mastered “
Hatha Yoga says to bring breath/prana under control to steady the mind.
Incorporating both teachings of Raja and Hatha; we will use an experience and modality of “play” to release the grasping tendency which brings restlessness and using appropriate postures to get the diaphragmatic breath moving in the abdomen. Here is where the prana moves from and by concentration on releasing into the kumbhaka will move prana around the body to help purify. Hatha teaching is aimed to purify mind through using breath restraint. This will also curb the tendency to push and pull in postures which will only deepen tensions in body and mind.
There will be numerous physical benefits but this cannot be in our mind whilst practicing as we aim to reach a stillness in mind and steadiness in the physical body. Dualities of the mind are being transcended toward the infinite state of consciousness, where freedom is realised.
Other practices: nadhi shodhana, khechari mudra using a tongue position, dharana and dhyana.
Hatha Yoga Pradipika says that- “The yogi who remains with the tongue going upwards for even half a second is freed from toxins, disease, death old age etc “
“One who accomplished this khechari mudra is neither troubled by diseases, nor death, lassitude, sleep, hunger, thirst or unconsciousness”
Online classes this week:
Monday 7-8.30 pm
Wednesday 7-8.30 pm
Thursday 10-11.30 am