The truth about the asanas (according to the classical Yoga)

How the asanas understood a traditional Yogi? We speak with Abdullah Mahmud, Yogi who studied in depth the philosophy and practice of classical yoga in an ancient temple of India. Writes Judith Castella.

He was initiated into yoga by his grandfather when he was 7 years old. After actively participating in the war for the independence of Bangladesh, in 1972, 16 years, Abdullah It came in an ashram in Assam (India) to deepen the knowledge of yoga. There he delved into the study of the Scriptures, philosophy and the practice of postures, breathing and meditation.

He learned every 880 traditional attitudes and that each of them should be repeated for days or months, to be able to understand the mechanisms of action, the operation and the contributions of each posture in the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual level, personal research which was subsequently explained in detail his master.

Currently teaches classical Yoga in the Dishari Center Lleida, and on the practice of the asanas we will focus our questions.

In the West we understand that (mostly) doing yoga is to make positions, i.e., make a few body shape static or dynamic stretching exercises accompanied by breathing patterns. Is it so?
Unfortunately Yes. For a lifestyle healthy, care of the body and healthy appearance and in order to find a shelter momentary to the lifestyle we carry, the practice of yoga has been limited to mere physical exercise. Yoga has lost its traditional value in our time and has become a consumer good more.

How many positions understand the traditional yoga practice and how new positions have arisen?
880 from the Vedic culture original positions are known. But over the centuries the great masters have developed variations on the original positions giving rise to new positions, so there are thousands of positions. When the teacher understands deeply the 'mother' positions you can create variations on enhancing certain aspects that change the out of position.

Does it mean the term? Hatha yoga?
Hatha It should be translated as "going against the will", "try hard". Although it is very common to translate Hatha as Sun)has) and moon)THA), this is a totally false interpretation. The yogic practices require a strong will, determination and constancy, they are not practices that are carried out by taste, because they represent a major effort, duty, discipline and have a firm determination.

How attitudes and effects in our body?
All positions work on different levels in our bodies: physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. But each stance affects differently on these, working with more intensity on one or the other.

The physical postures work through twisting, stretching, contraction and dilation. On the mental plane, each posture creates a mental state of the four possible States of mind (concentrated, agitated, scattered, stunned). At the emotional level each posture causes a certain mental attitude or emotion. In the spiritual facilitates the ability to discern between Purusha (be) and prakriti (matter).

Do that regularly should be performed postures?
The daily practice of at least 40 minutes is recommended. But if this is not possible, every practitioner should be organized according to their possibilities, trying to maintain a regularity.

Where should we put the attention when postures are performed?
Beginner practitioners should your mental attention to form, in specific parts of the body where working posture, breathing, have full awareness of the body in the form of the position.

Advanced practitioners must put their mental health care at the point of concentration that corresponds to each posture; This can indicate that the teacher or student can recognize it by itself.

Are the positions either static or dynamic?
Of the 880 matrix view, 871 are static positions and 9 are dynamic because they have a therapeutic value.

What is the sequence of greeting the value Sun?
This sequence is referred to as contemporary yoga. It was invented by Krishnamacharya (to 1933) and is part of the postural yoga, influenced by the gymnastic exercises and body care. There is no ancient written indicating this sequence of physical positions.

What can the music or sounds contribute to the practice of postures?
The yogic practices not should rest in the music or sounds, nor the practice of postures. Although the music can provide a mental and emotional relaxation, this distracts the mind of own practice. The practitioner must be totally engrossed in what you are doing. Yoga is the control of the mind and its modifications and their practice is based exclusively on the form and its development.

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By • Jan 15, 2018 • section: Asanas