The Yoga Asanas and its Various Concepts in Modern Days
- December 4, 2018
When Yoga aspirants perform the practice of Asana, whether they do by their own or teach to people, there might be several aspects of doing by own or learning Asanas from a teacher who can guide their students. Let’s see what those aspects are in terms of Yoga Asana practices.
We should distinguish the Yoga aspirant psychology for research purpose and for well being. So that we are capable and observe the aspects of doing Asana styles in modern days, along with its consequences on the human body and mind. Many of us might come with expectations to study the Yoga Asanas with individual needs, but then how we will know what is the right way, for instance; physical, therapeutic, technical, spiritual, professional and so on so forth.
The spiritual characteristics of practicing Asanas
I must say that it is a holistic and genuine approach of practicing and teaching Yoga Asanas. Therefore it requires the modern and Yogic science both with its Anatomical, Physiological, psychological, Pranological (Yogic science) and mechanical understanding along with the human body and mind. So that the teacher and student, both of them can have foundational and mechanical understanding of Yoga Asanas with the human body and mind; it doesn’t matter whether it is being taught to people or being done on own.
Though it is not so easy to have a spiritual understanding for the neophyte because they have been practicing flow Asanas, topsy turvy, jumping, wishing to do some difficult posture which is only one of the beginning stages in Asanas. Though it is not the fault of the students because they are like blank paper, it does all begin from the teacher, that we all choose and if the teacher is ignorant, then what to say. Therefore I think the beginning stage is the right time, where people can learn the holistic approach of Yoga Asanas and avoid Yoga injuries and physical sufferings in future. Thus learn from the competent teachers, as these days’ large number of newcomers (Yoga teachers) and Yoga styles are trending and branding. Therefore the result is often, making fun to entertain people in the name of Yoga and spirituality.
Using a spiritual methodology with the Asanas, there might not be so many Asanas or vice versa, which can include some Joints movement exercise, classical Surya Namashkar, Mantra chanting, settling into the Asanas with holding, without causing muscles and joints soreness and therefore, it can lead you to feel the spiritual sense with its calming, relaxing and soothing effects both physically and mentally.
Applying such an approach to Yoga Asanas might not have so much focus on alignment/ there could be for beginners and not creating unnecessary pressure on somebody’s body during the Asana practice, even though it does not mean that Asanas will be simple or motionless but demands your attention, calmness, encouragement and instruction from the competent teacher to have that spiritual essence within throughout the practice. The sequencing of Asanas can be fast, slow and in a holding manner which depends on the class, purpose and age group.
The moment we use the term spiritual aspect in Yoga Asanas, it also leads to daily self practice of Asanas for physiological and spiritual growth and thus it is known as Adhyatma Sadhana. Therefore aspirants must have patience and faith over the teacher instructions, which are given to an aspirant to follow at home or anywhere else.
The Dynamism of Curative characteristics of Yoga Asanas
Its true Yoga has been giving life to so many people in the world, by its curative, therapeutic approach and positive effects on diseases in the human body and mind. The first time in the modern era, our spiritual masters came out with this thought that how to deal with inorganic leaving style in society, therefore they combined the ancient Yogic Science with Modern Scientific studies on human body and mind, so that we can understand the root cause of disease and cure it through Yoga Asanas, Pranayama, Yoga Nidra, Meditation and life style. So far our Yoga Masters have been proving that Yoga can be used as an alternative therapy and gradually can decrease the Modern medicine and avoid physical surgery for the patient. Remedial approach of Yoga is the amalgamation of creating methods along with the understanding of root cause of diseases and mechanisms of Asana, Pranayama, Relaxation and life style, so that it can find the place and attack the disease from the root, gradually.
The research studies on Yoga have been showing us, that Yoga can improve health; gives symptomatic relief and regular practice can eradicate the disease and bring balance and harmony between the body, senses, mind and soul. The diseases which can be treated through Yogic science are; Arthritis, Diabetes, Osteoporosis, corrects the body alignment, Irregular Menses, Endometriosis, Parkinson, Constipation, Gastritis, Migraine, Insomnia and so on. The research studies have also proved the improvement of health and given life for malignant diseased patients suffering from HIV and Cancer. The Yoga therapy these days are based on ancient methods and life style with modern science and Yogic tools.
The physical aspects of Yoga Asanas over flexibility, strength and beauty
There is no doubt that Yoga Asanas play a tremendous role when it comes to gaining elasticity, strength, rejuvenated looks and longevity. But then the thing is thereafter what? When an aspirant gains enough flexibility and strength? Definitely the answer will be – regular practice of Yoga Asanas is required to sustain the physical and mental health in a harmony. Therefore practicing Asanas is amazing, but I would like to emphasize on some points for physical lovers, Yoga is also known as Santulan (balance), the balance between strength and flexibility, body and mind, intelligence and ego, nature and self. If the balance is not maintained, knowingly or unknowingly and one is more than the other, then also it can lead to imbalance and disorder, thus we have been seeing these days, a lot of people are in Yoga having degenerative joints and asymmetric muscular issues, for instance; wrist pain, back pain, knee pain, neck pain and so on so forth. Why we don’t want to understand, that physical body also has its limit as per individuals and when we use body parts over and over, without understanding the science and physical mechanism then it has to be tear and wear and therefore disharmony between the systems has to take place.
I think this is what; our Yoga Masters emphasize to their aspirants and give us the whole ocean in the pot, in terms of do’s and don’ts. But in this modern era, the new generations have been growing up with rootless culture and non-observances of the law of nature. So therefore now it’s the responsibility of the Yoga Teachers of this generation to share the organic living styles, individual limits physically and mentally, teaching Asanas based on scientific instructions to their people.
We wish this article shall be an eye opener for all kinds of Yoga Asana students and teachers, throughout the Yoga world. Bipin Baloni has written and published this article based on his personal Asana practice, studied guidelines from the ancient Yoga texts, received instruction from teachers and followed them sincerely with dedication and satisfaction. After meeting with thousands of Yoga practitioners nationally and internationally, he has been doing workshops on Asanas and has also conducted hundreds of teacher training programs in Rishikesh, Kerala, Nepal and overseas.