Thursday, 12 March 2015

Yoga for transformation




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Transformation is usually thought of as a change for the better.  Its meaning in yoga goes a little deeper than this.  It may be thought of as opening up to link to the divine, the connectedness of all beings, or even an expanded sense of who you are.  The divine resides in all of us, but sometimes the 'lens' of our mind is so cloudy we do not see it.

Our yogic journey takes us through the koshas, the five layers or sheaths of our being.  The outer layer is the annamya kosha, our physical body.  When we practice our asanas we are focusing on removing any physical blocks to knowing our true self, or spark of divinity.  
The next layer, moving inwards is pranamaya kosha, the breath or life force layer. It also includes the flow of energy through the nadis, the energy channels. We remove blockages from this layer with our asana practice and breathing practices.  
Moving deeper in, is manomaya kosha, the mental layer.  This is the source of 'monkey mind', our minds flitting from thought to thought just like a monkey jumping from tree to tree.  It is also where we have emotional blocks. To quieten our minds, we need to be focused in our asana practice, being present to any sensations, our breathing and any thoughts that pop into our heads as we hold.  Focusing on the breath in our breathing practices also helps calm our mind as does meditation.
The forth layer is the vjanamaya kosha, the wisdom sheath.  This we gain through the observance of the yamas and niyamas and following Patanjali's eight fold path (more on this to come).  
Finally we reach, anandamaya kosha or bliss where we connect with the divine and realise our true self which is kind, loving, and compassionate. 

In this week's video (see above), I focus on tapas, one of the niyamas.  Tapas translates as passion, a burning enthusiasm to achieve union with the divine.  It involves being disciplined enough to practice on a regular basis and igniting the internal fire 'agni' in order to 'burn off' any blockages be they physical, mental, emotional or energetic that prevent us reaching the goal of union with the divine.  

For more on the koshas, see my yoga kosha series YouTube (the link is below and contains five videos).



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