The word Yoga must be looked at not as a word but as an experience. Yoga means Union with God.
Yoga is so sacred a union that the experience is above all logic, intelligence, words and wisdom.
Union or Yoga cannot be described in words because it is a divine experience. This is my humble attempt to put such sacredness into words in order to bring understanding to this experience. The importance of understanding this union is key to a balanced asana practice.
Yoga is a transformational experience. It is when you are no longer divided by concepts of right and wrong, positive and negative. It is when your mind is so clear that the world becomes one with you and you with it. It is a heightened awareness beyond the common human mind.
Yoga cannot be practiced because one attains yoga. You cannot practice the experience of attaining something. Yoga simply occurs. Occurrence is present moment.
Yoga can been seen as the merging of consciousness between physical, mental and spiritual aspects of a human.
Once yoga occurs, there is no more need for asana practice, pranayama or even meditation. Union with the sacred has happened. What more can one need?
Yoga, although practiced worldwide, yields little benefits for today’s mankind. The understanding of union has been replaced by asana exercise, and feel-good emotions.
The cultivation of spiritual ego is solidified in those who are subconsciously running towards imaginary visions and “feel good” moments. These people cannot find comfort in discomfort or discomfort in comfort.
Before starting a yoga practice consider; what is my motive for doing yoga? Understanding your motive for wanting yoga opens up your awareness. Any motive, even if it is to “feel better”, is an attachment.
Ashta Progressive Yoga
Ashta Progressive Yoga, is designed to help you achieve transformational expansive consciousness. It does not focus on “how do I feel during this practice” but instead its focus is on “I wonder what will happen during this practice?”
Accepting anything that will happen during your asana practice releases your subconscious need to control how you feel the practice should flow. This acceptance allows your mental, physical and spiritual energies to flow freely instead of remaining blocked. This expression can result in any emotion, including yelling, crying, laughter and/or feelings of peace. The key is to observe what your body is expressing from all three aspects.
Expansive consciousness does not happen if your mental state is divided. A divided mental state creates spiritual ego.
What is a divided mental state? A divided mental state is when a person carries ingrained beliefs and judgments. If you have an opinion of something then that is a judgement that is rooted in a belief. These beliefs are in turn rooted in your childhood upbringing and environment.
Ashta Progressive Yoga is a series of instructional videos which start from a beginner’s level and progressively advance. Each video will demonstrate five asana postures and the corresponding pranayama (breathing) techniques.
Pranayama is the most important aspect of Yoga but is often ignored by practitioners.
The instructional videos must be performed in sequence with each sequence having 5 asanas to practice for 7 days. Specific instructions are given on how the practice should be carried out for maximum benefit. Each video builds on the video before it.
These videos offer you the ability to personalize your yoga in the privacy of your own home. It cultivates self-trust and self-confidence.
While the asana must be performed correctly, the intention is not to focus on perfecting the asana but instead to observe and be aware of your mental, physical and spiritual states. Observe the self-talk!
If done continuously and in accordance with the instructions, this steady pace will immediately yield heightened awareness and over time cultivate an expanded state of consciousness. Observation of self-talk is key to understanding your mental state and childhood conditioning.
Ashta Progressive Yoga in conjunction with Guru Ashta-deb’s self-awareness workshops and retreats such as The Ultimate Surrender, is a unique and fresh approach to achieving unity, wholeness and self-love.
The importance of self-love is undeniable. If we do not love our self how do we know we are loving another?
Ashta Progressive Yoga will be available March 2019
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