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Geometry of asans is a safe and effective practice
The pace of our development as a practice depends on understanding the essence of the form and what should happen in it. Why do some develop from beginner to advanced practice in a year, while others stomp on the spot for several years? The point is to understand the principles, and there are not so many of them. And they are the same for both simple and complex asanas. If you own principles, you very quickly capture the essence of movement and form – you understand what to do, where to move, what to work on.
In addition, the correct tuning of figures, the correct entry and exit are a safety technique. And if, taking it due to youth and good health, the negative effect can be immediately overlooked (but only for the reason that it will appear years later), then for those who work on themselves, for example, in the therapeutic direction and already have violations, the lack of safety can negate all positive changes at once.
Asana and its geometry are also a way to affect the brain. There are certain nuances and keys in the construction of asan, which, in fact, turn physical education exercises into yogic forms. And by the way a person performs asanas, you can learn a lot about how his head and consciousness work, what problems there are in the body, what difficulties await in the way of work with attention and perception. Such an understanding is necessary primarily because it wants to better feel its body, understand the causes of the disorders in it and the principles of the brain-body connection.
Yoga nidra – deep relaxation of the body and psyche
Sleep is not necessarily a rest, if you do not previously free yourself from accumulated physical and psycho-emotional tension. When we go to bed, fresh prints of events and emotions experienced during the day remain in our minds, which we repeatedly survive overnight, when the brain scrolls through the neural circuits another event. And the body continues to respond to emerging images and emotions, expending energy and accumulating tension. As a result, we are getting more and more used to meeting with increasing fatigue every new day… Therefore, the issue of relaxation needs to be approached more thoroughly.
Yoga nidra will help not only to relieve deep layers of stress, to feel the ease and novelty of perception, but also to work out the causes of imbalances and disorders at the level of the body and psyche – fears, blocks, negative settings and programs. Through the deep body and the direction of attention inside, it becomes possible to “climb” into the subconscious – a limitless field for solving any problems.
Asplanation is included in the lesson – a special complex to help the body relax and set up consciousness for further practice, and directly yoga nidra. These are exercises in which you try to relax the body, and you are gently “dragged” into sleep, but at the same time you try not to sleep. You lie in a shawasan and relax more and more. Being between sleep and waking, you do something like pratyahara – redirecting attention inward. You distract your attention from the body – from the senses. From all senses except hearing – you listen to the voice. And at the same time, you try to remove all criticism, analysis and follow the voice that leads you consistently.
The ideal of yoga nidra is a state of sleep without dreams. What are dream paintings? Paintings that begin to surface when falling asleep, sleeping, relaxing, shawasan, yoga nidre. Then, when you relax as much as possible, you begin to “unwind” yourself even harder to “pull out” these paintings – experiences. And these energies begin to be visualized and interpreted into a certain film, slides, pictures, images. Many see this both as a viewer and as a participant. But there is a state even deeper… The state of yoga nidra is when there are no dreams, and you are fully present. Many ancient states have been compared to death. You are becoming more and more eager. And all the disturbing energies leave you and stop creating in your head not only disturbing images, but in general any images that distract your attention.
“At the moment when sleep has not yet come, but waking has not yet ended, the moment of the epiphany of being comes” (c)
The very first effects that meditation practitioners celebrate are real rest and relaxation, calming the mind, while maintaining vigor and clarity of consciousness. Silence, silence and the absence of thoughts appear – states that allow you to look deeper and deeper into yourself. There is an opportunity to understand and clear the layers of destructive programs – acquired or innate, which are so cleverly “protected” in our minds that in their usual state of affairs we perceive them as the true and unchanged state of affairs. Meditation gives access to intuitive knowledge and untapped internal sources of strength and creativity, which we do not even guess about.
Meditation is the opposite of hypnosis. When we are freed from external social influences, and even from those influences that we independently create in the form of a jaded stream of thoughts, an established model of perception or self-indulgence. Meditation allows the world to be perceived by consciousness as a whole – by consciousness, not limited to the work of the organs of perception, nor by our biased ideas about the structure of the world. The real meditation is not concentration, not concentration, this course of direct perception. Attention management exercises only precede the state of meditation. And when you achieve confidence in controlling the work of attention, at some point you kind of “slip” into a state of meditation.
This happens when regular practice reaches the amount that causes a qualitative change in consciousness. This is a short statement of theory. But you can only know this in practice. For practice, tips, “keys,” settings and just try this state “for taste” join the class. After all, even if you do not exercise in meditation or you are not very successful, a competent teacher can lead you there and give experience of experiencing this condition, which will help you to better understand where you are going, why you need it, which interferes with you in your path.