Yoga, a path to humility

A sincere practitioner should be questioned his behavior outside the non-slip, how are their social relations, what is its attitude towards its surroundings... The practice that we are working it may be correct, but is our attitude in dealing with it? Writes Olga Jimenez.

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The practice of yoga should be understood as a path to human evolution. With this premise must always be in continuous reflection to find out if our work us approaches or us away from that statement.

Some disciplines of yoga deeply work with the body, technical adjustments of positions, a scientific precision that has their risk. This is the case of the Iyengar Yoga. As some scientists are at risk of falling in the pride of their knowledge, in the arrogance of their "truths" and become intolerant and intransigent, there is also this risk within the more "physical" practitioners.

A sincere practitioner should be questioned his behavior outside the non-slip, how are their social relations, what is his attitude with their environment and with other practitioners. The practice that we are working it may be correct but is our attitude in dealing with it? Other words: the fact is important but the attitude that we do it is even more important.

When you are working intensely on the body we can reach extenuar it. I have lived thus for years, the tiredness go rigid, distant world and apathetic. When this situation is installed long time us is very difficult to confront our mistake and we have the statement: "what is practical is correct, I follow to the letter the technique". Is there where we have to introduce the second question: is my attitude right? If the effort put it in getting the perfect posture, generates frustration; If we get the change of position and practice with attitude of "delivery", humility, acceptance of our own limitations and tolerance and respect for not only ourselves but the world that surrounds us is waking up.

To work this shift in perspective, the practitioner of yoga should not despise the learned technique but understood as a tool to its service and know that it has one more instrument: the breath. In many cases the technical learning requires us so much attention and effort that we set aside a fundamental element in yoga, the breath. This does not only use in pranayama as commonly practised; If we incorporate it in the work of the positions our bodies will open from the inside, we mold with another perspective, as an external drive is not what us but a force Strip internal without constraints, without rigidity.

Humility and happy

I have had the good fortune to practice for years with Prashant Iyengar son of master B.K.S. Iyengar, his teachings are revolutionary even within the Iyengar Yoga. You constantly facing your fears, your physical and mental limitations. On occasion we have asked him to come to Spain to bring that light, but their refusal is constant, knows that his spirit so critical would be rejected with the most. Some of his most powerful statements are: "practitioners of Yoga Iyengar are like fish in continuous search of new technical points", or "time practitioners become frustrated people.

Critical severe form teachers of yoga in relation to orders, and dogmatism. Make a harsh criticism the way we practice, but this is precisely where we help with breathing techniques and the attitude of the mind, cultivating a "purity, virginity, nobility, neutrality '' yoga mind, as points to work while we execute Asanas.

Si queremos entender cómo es una persona transformada por el yoga, debemos estudiar a los grandes yoguis, sus acciones, su comportamiento, su actitud. Descubriremos en todos ellos los rasgos comunes de un ser evolucionado. Humildad, naturalidad, nobleza, exigencia con ellos mismos y tolerancia con los demás, capacidad de esfuerzo unida a una inmensa alegría.

Este último punto es también uno de los grandes olvidados en yoga, se trata de uno de los Niyamas, santhosa, the content, that the practitioner must be cultivated in all aspects of their lives, not understood as something superficial but as a sense of profound joy that is emerging as we approached our interior, as we are removing the layers that we separated from that light all of us inside and that is what moves us to follow in the path of yoga

"Yoga is the food of the spirit and that spirit is finally a with its creator."

Olga Jimenez is Professor and founder of the Professional School of yoga "Light on Yoga"which poses a few short periods of training in collaboration with the Faculty of medicine. Next workshop "Yoga Iyengar for lower back".

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