The intuition in the Yogaterapia

As Yoga therapists, It is necessary to develop methods of self-discipline and practice that we connect more with our hearts, so we can develop this intuition as an ally in our work with suffering patients. Type Kausthub Desikachar (Translation by Aranzazu Corrales. (Review by Dana Ginevro).

(c) Can Stock Photo / fizkes
(c) Can Stock Photo / fizkes

If an unknown discipline that was reserved to the Saints who lived in caves and mountains, Yoga has found a formidable acceptance around the world. However, despite their current popularity, there are still many sceptics who question its validity, especially as a form of healing.

The main reasons for the resistance to the yoga are their philosophical differences with modern or allopathic medicine.

Differences between medicine and Yogaterapia

First and foremost, the Yogaterapia sees the human as a multidimensionality, rather than just a physiological structure, which is controlled by a complex mechanism called the mind (or brain). It is essential for Yoga the concept of prāṇa, that it can translate freely as force vital. Yoga believes that through the flow of the fluidity of this prāṇa health and well-being are established and that the prāṇa It is influenced by all the multiple layers of our system, including physiological, energy, mental, emotional and spiritual structures. That is why the disease is more considered as a holistic, rather than only one biological concept.

Modern medicine ignores dimensions such as structures spiritual and energy, especially in the context of healing, which are also part of our global structure.

Secondly, modern medicine has an approach that is based on an invasive procedure, while the Yogaterapia is non-invasive. For this reason, when something goes horribly wrong, allopathy manifests itself mainly in one of these two approaches: the first one is surgery, which cut some of the affected part of the body, and is usually replaced with tissue or the meat from another part of the body that is healthy. Or take the alternative approach of the antibiotic war, which has such strong effects that kill many more things besides the bacteria that is causing the problem. Of course, that saves lives in many cases, there is no doubt of that. But also destroys other stuff very useful. So, in any case, allopathy is an invasive method.

While the Yogaterapia usually take a probiotic approach non-invasive. To tackle the problems, the Yogaterapia uses own resources of the body, such as legs, arms, breath, mind, voice, etc., through a process of practice and detachment. This may be a limitation of Yoga therapy, since it cannot address many diseases that need a faster intervention or strong. For example, the Yogaterapia can not cure diseases such as cancer, HIV, or mental retardation. However, you can greatly improve the quality of life of those who suffer from these diseases, and can serve as an adjuvant after medical interventions.

Another significant difference between the two systems is that allopathy try to fit everyone into labeled boxes, While the point of view of the Yogaterapia is to perceive individuals as unique beings.

Modern medicine tends to lean on the normalization/standardization method. Whether it is in the determination of the normal parameters of physiological entities - how much should weigh? how much should blood pressure be? What is the ideal blood glucose level? What must be the rhythm heart?- or in the offer of interventions to keep them parameters to its range average of values. But do we all equal? We can all fit in the same size?

This is the question that raises the Yogaterapia, and also provides the answer. LYogaterapia to view each person as unique, (e) even says that we experience the disease in a unique way. There are no two individuals who will experience a disease in the same way, even if it is the same disease. Therefore, does not diagnose or prescribe the same method for all applicants. Take the case of two people with depression and obesity. One could have depression as the cause of obesity, while for the other obesity could be the cause of your depression. Then, how can the experience of both be the same? Therefore, how can the approach to cure them be similar? This is the uniqueness of therapeutic Yoga, which considers each individual as a unique entity, having their own individual experience. Therefore, the concepts of level and self-evaluation are essential in the premise of the Yogaterapia.

To each person, their therapy

If we combine this with the theory that the Yoga recognizes that each of us has a different Constitution, whose dominance also is influences by different parameters as the age, the work, the gender, the stage of the life, the environment, the diet, the stations, etc., the result is a approach intelligent and yet, complex and extremely sensitive to the context of each individual, rather than a standardized protocol.

For this reason, Yogaterapia cannot be called when only it's standardized practice protocols for all, regardless of their differences. It goes against the philosophy of the Yogaterapia. When the validity of Yoga based on standardized practices of Yogaterapia, it is Yogaterapia. And if it is unique and individualized practices of Yoga, they have no research entity.

The old masters of Yoga were wise and intelligent, not rejecting the tests based on the evidence, but were not limited to this approach to define the validity of reality.

Yoga offers three methods to define / establish a reality: pratyakṣa, anumāna, and āgamā.

  • Pratyakṣa is it perception sensory. When an object is in front of our senses, and the senses are able to understand it, then we know that it is a reality. Thus, for example, we see a rose, smell it and we can play it. We know that it is real.
  • Anumāna It's inference, where we measure a part and we project it to the set. For example, we see smoke and we know that there is a fire. Or if we tried a bit of seawater we quickly came to the conclusion that all the sea is salty.

These two principles equivalent to what we now call an approach based on evidence to establish a valid reality. School of Yoga and many others went further and established that our world is not only made of matter, but also immeasurable entities compose it as prāṇaconsciousness and the divine. Then, how to establish this as a reality? Here is where the third method, known as Āgamā.

The intuitive knowledge: Ᾱgamā

Ᾱgamā It can be understood as the intuitive knowledge or understanding of the experience. Human beings - and possibly other forms of life - have insight or intuition, which is defined as the perception when we are connected to the light within our hearts.

Intuition is called the process of silencing the mind and link us more with the heart. And this is the domain where we can experience all the intangibles of the world - love, care, compassion, the prāṇa, etc-. And here is where it gets complicated, because intuition is not automatically available to everyone at all times, it is something that one has to cultivate and work to be able to acquire it, through the practice of Yoga and the discipline. But it is possible. And when cultivated, it opens the doors to many perceptions that are beyond the ordinary means of perception.

The Yogis were largely based on this intuition in its method of observation and diagnosis, and not only could go closer to the root of the problem, but it could also assess how a Yoga practice evolves. The intuition also can orient to the therapist of Yoga on the State emotional of the applicant of the therapy, which also should have is in has to the evaluate the process of healing. The Yogis of the past were disciplining continuously in their practice to remain connected with their hearts, so they always had this intuitive perspective. If this way of perception, a very fundamental aspect of Yoga in the understanding of reality is rejected.

The Yogaterapia by no means rejects the approach based on the evidence to establish the reality, but it encourages us to not just measurable materialist method. He encourages us to experience the light in our hearts so deep understanding and intuition to become our friends in the healing process.

As Yoga therapists, It is necessary to develop methods of self-discipline and practice that we connect more with our hearts, so we can develop this intuition as an ally in our work with suffering patients. Is then when can have compassion, feel your pain, understand their capabilities and, it more important, connect with them in the relationship sacred of a Yogaterapeuta and his patient.

Is the time of appeal to a new form of thinking to be able to evolve. It is important that Yoga therapists remain open so that its methods are investigated through measurable instruments of modern science. At least whenever is possible. And is equally important for the science modern embrace methods of efficacy that are more beyond of the scope of the parameters tangible.

I suspect that, when this happens, we trascenderemos our own limits and focusing on the search for the best solutions for humanity, instead of trying to promote the dominance of one system over another.

Kausthub Desikachar son and pupil of T. K. V. Desikachar, works as a yogaterapeuta to offer effective solutions for all types of mental, emotional and physical imbalances. It combines the teachings of Yoga, Ayurveda, the Vedas and the modern psychology with the goal of empowering its customers on their way of healing, making them discover their own potential. He is known for his deep knowledge of the tradition of Yoga and its pedagogical capacity to explain these ancient teachings accessible and adaptable manner in our modern society.

Seminar of Anatomy subtle of the Yoga

  • The 5, 6 and 7 may 2017 Kausthub Desikachar taught a seminar on the subtle Anatomy of Yoga in Barcelona.
  • On Thursday May 4 It will make consultation special of Yogaterapia open both to practitioners and non-practitioners of yoga.

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Kausthub is annually invited by the Spanish School of Yogaterapia PranamanasYoga to impart seminars specific to yogaterapeutas: In the links below you can find all the seminars and the formations that teaches at the international level: o

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