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This entry was posted on September 25, 2020 by Charlotte Bell.

“Everything comes into the thoughts by means of the physique. Through and along with your physique you must notice that you’re a spark of divinity. How can we neglect the Temple of the Spirit? "~ B.Okay.S. Iyengar (Spark of Divinity, Rodmell Press)

When I learn this quote for the primary time years in the past, I interpreted it as follows: Through our asana observe, in these occasions once we lose the combat and develop into asana, we see into our true nature, the undefined spaciousness that all of us have connects. That nonetheless sounds proper to me. Asana, once we observe with full dedication to being full in each second, can present a glimpse into the free and strong spirit that resides inside all of us.

Since the observe of asana grew to become in style, there was a lot debate about how the observe grew to become westernized, that asana grew to become mere observe. Many long-term practitioners and practitioners emphasize that yoga shouldn’t be all concerning the physique, no less than not in the way in which we interpret it at the moment. Asana observe is just one of many eight limbs of yoga. It's not about being overly versatile and fashionably skinny. This is true. But asana is a physique centered observe, but it surely has nothing to do with the age, weight, flexibility, or common look of the our bodies we convey to observe.

The physique constructive yoga dialog is vital. It is vital that nobody feels excluded from working towards due to their age, weight, physique kind, accidents, genetics, flexibility or inflexibility, race, gender, sexual orientation, and so forth. Everyone who practices yoga lives in a "yoga body". ”

It is a constructive growth that the bigger yoga neighborhood is starting to query the favored pictures of yoga because the area of younger, white, skinny, pliable, trendy girls. The discount of in style yoga to Madison Avenue-friendly imagery has solely served to bolster our already ingrained cultural neuroses about bodily look. These fully arbitrary pointers about what’s formally engaging or not have induced a lot struggling to so many individuals. Isn't it the aim of yoga observe to free ourselves from the concepts and beliefs that imprison us?

As vital as it’s, I typically surprise if the physique constructive yoga dialog continues to be not completely associated to the deeper relationship between yoga observe and our physique. For all its constructive elements, physique constructive yoga dialog examines our relationship to the bodily look of the physique moderately than our direct relationship to the expertise of life in our physique.

Mindfulness and Body Positive Yoga

That brings me again to Iyengar's quote, which could be understood not solely as a philosophy of observe but in addition as an instruction for observe. I additionally learn the quote as a name to mindfulness. The first of the so-called "four principles of mindfulness" is mindfulness of the physique. Sometimes meditation practitioners misread the physique as being subservient to the thoughts. But over time I’ve come to comprehend that consciousness of the physique is the important thing to freedom of thoughts.

The physique isn’t just a crude automobile that transports our minds from one place to a different. The physique is the window to all the things that we expertise – to all the things. We understand the world round us by means of our our bodies, by means of seeing, listening to, smelling, tasting and touching. Everything we encounter, no matter whether or not we realize it or not, is registered as a sensation in our physique. If we’re ever to be conscious, we should fall beneath the extent of enthusiastic about our expertise as a way to be straight current with our precise expertise. To do that, we have to focus our naked consideration on our physique.

Here's one other level: our physique is at all times within the current. You can’t be in any other case. If you need to be current, regulate to your physique.

It's extremely simple, however I'll by no means say it's simple. Most of us have consciously or unconsciously practiced considering all our lives. As anybody who has sat all the way down to meditate is aware of, our minds are always flitting from one thought to a different just like the metaphor of the Buddha, a wild monkey leaping from tree to tree.

It is the mindfulness of the physique that’s the anchor for consciousness. We can tune into the sensations in our physique and go straight again to the current, even when the thought ribbons are operating at full quantity. If you end up misplaced in thought, strive the next: Do not attempt to banish the ideas. Just allow them to be. Instead, focus your consciousness in your physique. Then discover what occurs to the psychological drama that was so compelling moments in the past.

When you’ve got a physique, you could be current

We join straight to each second by means of our sensory experiences. Every second we totally join, we’re quickly freed from the ideas and beliefs that separate us from the immeasurable infinity that we’re. All as a result of we stay in these our bodies. And the perfect half is that all of us have one; Life in a physique isn’t just for the privileged few. It doesn't matter if we’re outdated, younger, small, tall, wholesome or unhealthy.

In his basic e book Being Peace, Thich Nhat Hanh suggests a meditation of physique consciousness based mostly on the next sentences:

When I breathe in, I calm my physique.
I exhale and smile.
Living within the current second
I do know this can be a great second.

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Think about how fortunate you’re to stay within the physique that you just stay in. It carries you from one place to a different. It provides you entry to all the things exterior and all the things inside us – the fantastic thing about this earth, the enjoyment of music and artwork, the observe of interpersonal relationships, the enjoyment of a satisfying asana observe, the passing joys and sorrows that train us about life on this world. And right here's the good factor: you’ll be able to get pleasure from the entire wonders your physique has entry to, it doesn’t matter what it appears like. Through the moment-to-moment expertise of inhabiting your physique, you’ll be able to notice that you’re a spark of divinity.

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