Posted by Michele Harney, Yoga Rathgar & Dundrum – Dublin
The body can be underused, overused and abused, we need to be aware of what is happening with the body, but we also need to do something for the mind.
It is possible to be aware of the state of the mind by observing the body during an Āsana practice.
– There are many postures to suit a variety of different body types.
– Āsana practice is to prepare the body, to sit for Prāṇāyāma.
– Āsana also helps to get rid of impurities so that it is possible to do something deeper, inside the mind.
– Planning should precede practice, fix your goal, building step by step and there should be check points along the way.
– There are simple postures for Prāṇāyāma and Dhyāna, so that we can relax in the body and not be distracted by it.
– There are challenging postures, to enable us to master our bodies and for young people who will be engaged by the performance aspect of the posture.
– There are also corrective postures.
– Notes from TKV Desikachar’s lectures at a 6 day retreat in England in April 1992
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