My favorite position: seated stillness

In this section, "My favorite position", different teachers choose one asana and explain their keys of realization and benefits. This time we visit José Luis Cabezas Muñoz in quiet sitting.

José Luis Cabezas airport

Although the diversity of positions and movements is one of the most obvious external expressions of Yoga, especially of dynamic Yoga, both positions and movements, enable and familiar body and mind for seated stillness, where all have the opportunity further and resolved. This may be invited virtually anywhere, and therefore I present as my favorite position.

The only thing we need is a seat support as high as necessary to stay sitting on the front edge of the bones of the buttocks (the bones), on the front edge of the bracket (either a Chair, cushions, blankets, rolled yoga mat) so the pelvis may be slightly tilted forward and the spine (particularly the lower back) can comfortably meet their natural curves , and base on legs or feet until contact with the ground as comfortably possible.

We openly invite the entire body to relax as much as possible. From the periphery in hands and feet, through legs and arms up to the pelvis and rib cage, all the muscles around the midface and pelvic floor, all skin and breath. Letting everything flow so openly and freely as possible, all feelings, even mental activity. It's delivery, letting go letting flow everything freely settling in the lucidity of the vertical stillness. As level. Not as self-monitoring or self-regulation, at whose core is the driver trying to get something and it is not possible to get rid of yourself.

It can happen anywhere

The meditative mind does not come from a technique or practice; happens only to relax in what is happening in fact, including what is happening and as the mind. That is why it is very difficult to benefit from meditation without much practice. Unless we realize that, not being a technique, the meditative mind (which is meditation) can happen anywhere, in any circumstances in which we can relax long enough to become aware of what is happening and as the mind.

There is more in relation to the meditative mind simply relax and enjoy. The intelligence of the mind is functionally designed so that we can clearly see and recognize what is happening and act according to it.

When the mind can feel safe, you will completely relax and lose their concern with what is happening around her. Loses interest and attachment in what is happening around her, without discipline, no strength, no control required. Only have to feel safe, as sufficiently safe to relax enough to not be concerned about anything of what may be going on around. We can try at an airport (as in the photo). If we can meditate in an airport, we can meditate almost anywhere. It's really relaxing and not worrying about anything our imagination could suggest that it could happen to us.

José Luis Cabezas

And so we can understand deeply what it implies to feel safe. It sufficiently safe as to be able to relax and may lose interest in the external world, so that our intelligence and interest are naturally focused on the inside, as a level. Our natural intelligence turning on itself and beginning to recognize the presence and nature of their own activity.

All of this happens, however, in postural Yoga practice When is this with integrity granted to the intelligence of the body through sensitivity to sensations. In other words, is meditation from the beginning. It is not a preparation for something better that will come later.

But do except a how you feel your mind when you're in a demanding posture in contrast to when you are in a posture of relaxation? Not so a saved, so that the intelligence of the mind has to take care of our security, assessing what has become, implying that there is a fluctuation within the possibilities of meditative practice postural yoga, according to how comfortable and stable we are (stiramsukam). In theory, be comfortable in any of the many postures of Yoga is an invitation to the meditative mind, and it is, but it is not an invitation very deep compared with come to remain quiescent in the verticality of sitting. This is due to the nature of the human nervous system itself.

So that come to sit in stable verticality is important and indispensable part, and can happen at any time in our practice of Yoga and life flow. If we become intimate truly listening to the body, we will be in contact with the mind, and may come moments in which the mind the only thing they want to do is turn to itself. So so coming to sit still; We don't have to wait for a moment special or formalized.

Would mind turning to itself?

We could say that for two reasons. One, because he knows or has learned the delight that is doing so, and want to enjoy it. And other more pulsating reason: all of us have been living some time and we have done many things, and many have happened to us, and some of them have not been pleasant but uncomfortable or painful. The problem with pain is that don't like us and we don't want to (and is important it does not want it, because if not you would be dead a long time ago), and when the mind begins to suspect based on memories of past experiences that pain is yet to come, tries to shy away from it looking elsewhere; Perhaps it's prevent it in some kind of future project, or trying to remember something that happened in the past or any firming fantasy or whatever pleasant. And so happens a division or court in which energy is entering the body is not the conscious mind, and settles producing what a psychoanalyst might call a knot, lock or armor, and our bodies are filled with energies of unresolved past experiences that were not resolved because we were not fully present.

These energies within us unconsciously determine our actions and reactions, in a way that we unconsciously avoid certain things and we subconsciously react to certain stimuli. All these energies live in us as a discomfort but any living thing, want to express themselves and be resolved. The resolution of these energies can only happen with with which left them in the first place, conscious awareness.

Sometimes postural Yoga practice mobilizes some of these powers, which of course want to be resolved, and can, but only in the light of conscious awareness. Much of the fruit of the practice of postures and movements of Yoga is to invite this type of resolution. Our mind knows when that is possible. Much more likely is that to happen in the lucidity of the verticality of the sitting quiet than in any other place.

José Luis Cabezas Muñoz

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By • 13 Dec, 2012 • section: Asanas, Meditation