Interview with Miquel Gabarró: "In yoga, there is no go fast"
"There is much stress - says Miquel - great hurry, pursuit of gurus, techniques, much euphoria... At the end, with the experience becomes quiet, and you say: get where I can, and I have to let me go, relax, rest, let... Because if not, I do not make life". Interview Yoga network.
Yoga teacher by the AEPY since the year 1986 and trainer of yoga teachers of the AEPY since 2003, Miquel Gabarró is a member of the educational Committee. Also teaches Qi gong and diploma in Manual therapy. Directs the Centre de Yoga L'om of Vilafranca del Penedès (Barcelona). It brings us closer to a personal experience of evolution in the path of yoga worth visiting...
How did you discover yoga?
"It was 30 years ago, in those moments in that are looking for alternatives to what you are doing." Today I'm an own yoga Center in Vilafranca del Penedès and since 2002 we train yoga teachers. At the moment the issue of training is delicate because the sector is responsible, there is an official title and the AEPY schools have to catch up to the. It remains to be seen how we adapt. So far, there was a non-regulated training. We are at an important moment, because before it was considered yoga as a sect and to practitioners and teachers as rare, vegetarian and high people. Yoga is now fully embedded in our society, which does not mean that it has preserved its purity and originality. What has happened is that yoga has decaf. But that is what it is.
What is your personal approach to yoga and its transforming power? You do very creative practices, which go beyond the classical postures...
The experience brings its fruits. I have gone through a stereotyped, very strict yoga teaching, as it aired, following a particular line and pretending to my students that. But then you go experienced other lines and possibilities, and eventually, like it or not, you're making a synthesis, you're selecting and seeing what serves you and what not and, ultimately, create your own system.
Yes, I enjoy most with a creative, free and spontaneous yoga. At the moment I am far from a strict, perfectionist and structured school. I use elements of classical yoga, contemporary, aspects of biomechanics of psychotherapy..., everything that can be useful. But, of course, having clear references, bases and foundations of the yoga tradition. Then you need to know how to adapt them to the West. I feel comfortable teaching a yoga integral, creative and open. Follow a single line, it would be rather boring.
After 30 years, where do you you get that fire of motivation that leads you to want to do new things and also to continue to give classes, which, according to all the teachers in the whole world, burning much?
Because I don't know..., a practitioner of yoga alone can respond in a way: the motivation comes from karma. One feels that his destiny is to give yoga classes, and if comes the time that cannot be more, it is also because of karma. You feel that only now you can do that, since these forces are there, present and available to express themselves. If it weren't, it would be impossible to endure 30 years teaching. One does not make any effort. Passed seasons of crisis, but they pass and back to back... Yoga is vocational, you can not force you.
There is much stress, great hurry, pursuit of gurus, techniques, much euphoria... Then, with the experience becomes quiet; saying: well, I can't yet, I get where I get and I have to let me go, relax, rest and stop doing, because if not, I do not make to life.
But yoga is not a proactive way of transformation?
Yes, but I prefer to believe that I am not who transformed my life through efforts and sadhanas; the transformation takes place, like it or not, despite one. There are moments when you feel stuck (stagnation, one of the obstacles of the road according to the) Yoga Sutra) and it seems that you do not advance, not you transform to nothing, but while you're doing it because when you look back you see the changes.
The real transformation, is something that does not come from you, is something that happens to all levels: family, relationships with others, yourself, etc. Like it or not, life transforms you. The great transformations come from life, Karma, destiny; and, You can do little by the will to prevent it. You can not escape; something is happening, gets you a situation front and have to deal with it either way.
What we want in the yoga is to reduce asmita-klesha, ego, which induces to believe me that I, through my will, can do something to transform me, or think that I have planned for the coming year transform this or that... In this way it works there is a self who appears to believe that he can have control of everything. Course, that burgeoning ego arises also in Yogis practitioners, and especially teachers who think: I can transform my students, I can do to change things, etc.
Before, I thought that making the practice of asana or pranayama, he will get such result. Now, practical and not to worry for the transformations. If they are to happen will happen and if not, even then, will not occur.
Sadhana, practice staff, the personal way, okay. If we have the ability and the strength to carry it out, carry it out; and if not, we will continue conducting our sadhana in everyday life: caring for our parents, feeding our cat, traveling, joining nearby beings suffering, etc. And if at a given moment we found a teacher who guides us forward. Let's say that we must put much humility, service and attention, so that we can see what life offers us, or what we removed... Live consciously is the true sadhana.
What does yoga in that way?
In yoga there are many levels. There is a yoga for health and welfare, through standard sessions, and that is good for a lot of people. And then there are other objectives, higher: deal with yoga as a way of realization or liberation, kaivalya. Get rid of what? From your past, your schemes and beliefs. And when you're free, what are you doing? You won't add more schemas and constraints... You then, flows with what is presented you. This is the highest level of yoga, life and abandoned; in yogic terms, Ishvara Pranidhana. It is the maximum detachment; you are no longer a practicing, but forms part of the whole and flows with that all. Life is imposed, choose for you and you can't do anything else.
It is that stage you find yourself?
It is the stage that now I live. There are moments that are hard because you don't know where you are or to where you're going, but it is both gratifying and liberating because you don't have to worry about anything, nor do sadhanas... That State puts you in a position to be more receptive to capture what you get live: change jobs or not, living in the same place or not, buy clothes or not... At the moment, all that becomes as sacred, divine... In this view, us concerns in a non-dual, in a way shivait tantra.
Within the AEPY working groups have been formed to share different specialties of yoga. You are part of the group dedicated to health. With what objectives?
They attend class students with various types of ailments: Fibromyalgia, back pain, hypertension, etc. It tries to establish contact between teachers to share experiences, compare, test techniques help improve certain ailments, discern which work best, etc. In fact, yoga is relationship. Finally and after everything you are discovering, to share, multiply, extends.
In terms of health, the first step is to avoid yoga to do us harm (Ahimsa: do no harm). Secondly, the function of the yoga is to preserve health - and not so much sick, which is the work of medicine – cure, strengthen it to not get sick, to support features optimal and healthy.
Of course, that physical problems come from the psyche of the soul or karma. We can not have the claim that yoga it can cure everything. We must investigate the past, experiences and experiences, performance, reactions and habits.