Olivia Cáttedra workshop: 'From the threshold'

Would you like to see in practice what is one Experience threshold? Don't miss this workshop, in Madrid. This article is written by its own creator, Olivia Cáttedra.

"Wrote in one of his most beautiful poems of Antonio Machado:"From the threshold of the dream they called me, it was the good voice, beloved voice: tell me, would come with me to see the soul? "."

This poetry has inspired the title of this workshop of Hatha yoga classic and old, in a subtle form. In the intervening practices of rhythmic breathing, relaxation sequenced and mudras, seeking to deepen pratyaharaconcentration, and meditation, in order to enhance the connection between the interior of the mind)antarmanas), and the subconscious, emotional and intellectual planes. In an even more intense level, it is recover the presence and effective action in the life of the dimension of the symbolic, of the myth, poetry, picture, etc.; languages which in fact Act, reverberate in the soul. Coincidentally, Apuleius stated: "Only you can live taking care of the soul".

The clinical theoretical framework considers the contribution - among others - of Antonio Blay Fontancuberta, prestigious scholar of the Yoga world who warned with regard to speed and dispersion of our current life: ".. .our physiological life suffers from this state of tension, is suffering from insomnia, hypertension,.. .this stress makes our emotional life not" You can develop and can not acquire a depth, breadth, balance. Thus we see that everyone is with the strident mood, with a susceptibility to skin flower and that disputes or problems arise for any reason... (the problems are intensified in areas) due to this little fortress, to this limited capacity of lace in the emotional field. Our mind suffers also from this disorder, because our organism and our psyche are not made to work 16 to 18 hours daily in State of tension and earrings from the outside... It is necessary to recover the dimension and interiors..." (Blay, Interior work)

Higher levels of the psyche

Technically, the process of this practice occurs in a State of intermediate consciousness between wakefulness and sleep, Hence the name of Threshold, and its relationship with the imagery by Machado. The work proposed has to do different levels internal to the common mind - why the expression Interior of the mind, specific Gauḍapada in his commentary to the Manduka Upanishad. Ka- as already noted, seeking to motivate and mobilize higher levels of the psyche, the recovery of the oneiric dimension of the deep unconscious and several areas of the soul, art, traditional teachings and of all those contained no everyday, however, illuminate and re-significan everyday life, avoiding worldly pollution (Sankara) and allowing DIS-identify of superior personality (YS I.1-4)

The experience of threshold effects differ in each case, and in the last case depend on the ability of the practitioner of delivery itself (YS, delivering perfect experience). However, what is being sought is strengthen and streamline the subtle sensory system (jnanendriyas, etc), that is predominantly expressed in subtle and invisible dimensions themselves.

Floating awareness

Attend the process and effects of threshold experiences of greater peace of mind, calm, purification, etc. Relaxation occurs at different depths and emphasizing different areas energy (chakras), allowing a better integration strength. The relaxation of threshold, different versions of the classic savasanathey are different to that in the case of yoga nidra, as prevents sustained attention, such as the visualization of movement of light or landscapes or anchor in the outer body.

It's another psycho-energetic movement: consciousness is less concentrated, and other muscle tone of relaxation. Concentration and relaxation are two different instances. While there is an attentive awareness in the nidra, on the threshold, there is a floating awareness that relies on various media including vegetative, respiratory system and chakrico.

From the point of view of modern neuroscience, and in this case in line with the classical yoga hatha, will say that the practice of threshold happening at the interface between the annamayakosa and the pranomayakosa, that in fact is the space which are directed studies in neuroscience with certain distinctions of ontological order explaining from philosophy proper said.

The techniques used

-Rhythmic breathing (according to Vasistha and its definition in the) Hatha yoga pradipika), Alternate breathing, relaxation, mudras, precepts and prayers.

-Sequenced relaxation: The overall effect of the relaxation, savasana, is to restore the balance in all bodies or wrappers (kosa) (Danielou, Method). However, there are some non-classical variants of the posture of savasana (Satyananda, Van Lysebeth, Blay), at least three: on your back, side, upside down and the position of the sleeping fish. As we have already pointed out, these relaxations do not constitute a process of yoga nidra although they complement it, so that includes it the end of the work.

-With regard to the mudras, We will say that these are symbols shaped with the hands. They find common expression in the dance and in the sacred art of vajrayana Buddhism. In the latter case, they have to do with the transformation of emotional energies in wisdom...

-The precepts: forms of the higher mind. They lead the mind to the truth from traditional sources such as intuition.

-Statements: the thought forms that Act on a plane more mental though universal content. For example: "Now accept more peace in my life".

-The sankalpa: thinking of seed that is formulated on the edge of sleep, expressing a desire or personal need. It is preferable to formulate it insisting on universal content, in order to mobilize the mental plane towards superior understanding and prevent the strengthening of personal volition governed by the ego. For example: "I appreciate such a thing", "health", "goodness", "freedom", etc.

-As regards prayers: belonging to different cultural and religious horizons, sentences relate to the function of devotion as "octave"of the emotional plane, generating a recanalization and purification of these emotional energies. Used prayer of Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism and Buddhism; and they will be vocalizadas in Spanish, out loud by the instructor, and each repeated them mentally if they are resonant and are harmonious. In our culture, there are some cases that the plane of the devotional presents some difficulties unrelated to the devotion itself. However, yoga is a discipline whose ultimate aim is rooted in the world of the sacred and therefore is an inevitable dimension. However, to avoid rejections and resistances in a situation such as consciousness threshold or low level, instructor should indicate more clearly that although it is not dogmatically commune with certain prayer and its tradition, This can be rescued from its literary richness or its inspiring sense.

With regard to the philosophical theoretical framework, this is linked in the teachings of the Mandukya Upanisad and the Taittiriya Upaniṣad.

The Mandukya Upaniṣad talks about the States of consciousness and assigned or mentions its related bodies, areas of experience and sense organs. Also, each level is represented by a letter of the sacred mantra OM.

TO -Vigil

u -sleep with dreams

m -deep sleep

The symbol of the u, more specifically the Matra (not mantra) u (matra implies measurement) is linked to the State of consciousness called taijasa, that translates as a subtle State. Its name comes from Texas, the beginning of the element fire, linked to the image of light, the interior of the mind, flat of the archetypal of the ideal according to Plato.

At the same time, these States of consciousness are related with the wrappers that tells us the Taittiriya Upanishad, they are 5, and are thus distributed

  • Outer wrapping of concrete material, annamayakosarelated with the TO and wakefulness;
  • Intermediate packaging of subtle matter (suksma sarira with pranamayakosa, manomaya Kosa and maya Vijnana kosa) divided into three packages of energy, mind and understanding, reflected by the matra U, and consciousness of dreams and daydreams.
  • Central packaging anandamayakosathat is not such but core or spiritual essence, made of happiness.

Each of these wrappers, Kosa, has a Constitution that is also configured on the elements which allow to "rectify" each one of these levels when, for purposes of energy rajasica centrifuged, i.e. you own power of rajasspin it, exceeds and does some degree of what is commonly or commonly referred to as I during. Such rectifiers constituent elements are as follows:

  • The orientations of the space in Anna;
  • Energy flows)NADIS-vayu) in Prana;
  • The sacred hymns in Manas;
  • Faith, will, judgment, etc in Vijnana;
  • Forms of happiness in Ananda.

Workshop: "On the threshold"

When: 21 October, from 10.00 to 14.00 and from 16.30 to 20.00

Where: School of Yoga in the tables. C/Isabel Colbrand 10 Madrid

Teaches: Olivia Cáttedra. PhD in philosophy specializing in Oriental studies. Conicet researcher in the Area of comparative philosophy and history of religions. A founding member of the ex-Colegio of orientalists of the Republic Argentina. Author of 45 articles and ten books on their specialty (philosophy of the India and China), including: Asana inside, principles and techniques of gentle Yoga; Hatha Yoga in Yoga; Yoga and the soul, principles and techniques of Yoga soft II; Tantra and Yoga, Images and symbols of the truck in East and West; The crack of Karma: interlecturas of the Bhagavad Gîtâ and Yoga sutra.

More information: https://www.escueladeyoga.org/index.php/entrada

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