Meeting yourself can be a great fear

There are many reasons why those who do not know yoga say not to practice it: I do not get hooked, I find it difficult to concentrate, it is too soft (or too strong), it gives me cold (or heat), someone told me that it was not good for something... But it is very difficult to hear: I cannot remain silent, I am afraid of my thoughts, I do not know how to stay an hour paying attention to myself, it haunts me not to be distracted from my own being... Writes Paul Rego.

Cuando las personas se acercan a yoga desde un lugar cargado de prejuicios suelen tomar una o dos clases para crear, con la excusa de haberlo experimentado, una nueva idea que utilizar cuando alguien les pregunte que por qué no practican yoga.

Llegar a un sitio en el que no se impulsa a las personas a competir ni se crean ambientes para aturdirse o exacerbar los egos, puede ser la panacea para quienes están hartos de esos valores de la sociedad. Pero algunos, o muchos, si en torno a la actividad que van a realizar (en este caso la sesión de yoga) faltan la mirada hacia el afuera o la mirada del otro, o el conseguir ser el mejor, el más rápido, el más lindo o el más perfecto, they find themselves lost and have a hard time finding their place.

Those who have health problems due to the great demand they make to the physical body, since they unload on it emotions related to the need for acceptance or competition, frustration or appearance, they need to change the point of view of what "being healthy" is, especially when it comes to mental conditioning.

That's what biases are based on, believing in advance that we're doing the right thing without seeing that, if we have problems, maybe we're not so right in what we think. And how one of the goals of yoga is to disrupt mental structures to allow us to realize other experiences, the strength of preconceived ideas mean that, even if you try, the practice of yoga does not fit at all in those ideas.

Understand what messages we need to hear

But many of the people who come to the practice of yoga do so with some problem to solve, after looking elsewhere for answers that only the concepts and philosophy that support a discipline like yoga will offer them. It is in those differences with the rest of the activities that the gateway to the universe of answers is.

Rigid ideas, often inherited, are carving the physical body. These ideas generate a Filter a través del cual creemos que lo bueno es sólo aquello que determinados seres o estamentos convalidan, y desde allí elegimos la manera de realizar actividad física o intentamos encontrar un equilibrio emocional o mental sin observar que son esas mismas ideas las que nos llevan a enfermarnos o lesionarnos.

El cuerpo físico se va deteriorando, pasamos de unos simples dolores a dolencias crónicas, de situaciones estacionales a permanentes, y en ese proceso insistimos con el punto de vista y con la manera de hacer las cosas, repitiendo los patterns que nos conducen a la enfermedad.

We misalign our spine, create tensions in certain parts of the body, always the same contractures, we may arrive at a surgical intervention with the intention of correcting some disorders. We are disordered to function the organs from breathing or digestion, we suffer from tendinitis in the shoulders or hips and we perform physical activity with the influence of the same emotional burden that leads us to those situations. The out of control of our mind leads us to the worry or recurring obsessions that then become in anxiety and panic and we want to get out of the maze using the same elements we've built it with.

If we live day to day from spite, revanchism, reaction, reinforcing the belief that we will achieve something good trying to achieve things by force or through it, if we perceive everything as a career and a competition, where some are the good and the other are the good s the bad guys, some winners and other losers, we will be competing, even if it is not necessary, and we will be unbalanced, even if we are doing physical activity.

Even if the body speaks to us through the pains or diseases that can be created from those structures based on ideas, beliefs or habits, we may come to believe that by the same path that we unbalance and disengage we will manage to prosecute our health. Although it may seem obvious to say it, so we will only achieve more disharmony and a less healthy state.

The habit of silence and stillness

Getting to yoga with the idea that there things should be one way or another is to miss the opportunity to learn something essential, and that is that Iideas can be discarded. But if I dedicate much of my day to reinforcing mental structures, discarding them is going to be sacrilege.

The invitation to release beliefs and prejudices to try to perceive from silence, without the urge to run or compete, can be violent and suffocating, especially if we don't get a glimpse of a plan B similar to the one we brought from home, behind that invitation.

Unawareness of what it's like remain silent or in a state of stillness, although many things happen on a subtle plane that we find hard to see at first, it makes those who have never been in that situation before feel completely lost and unarmed when the yoga session goes through moments of relaxation, contemplation or permanence in stillness in a posture.

Es en esas situaciones, aparentemente pequeñas e inofensivas, cuando muchos aspirantes a practicantes o iniciantes se apegan a las ideas de todo lo demás (que no es otra cosa que lo que los está enfermando) para justificarse y argumentar todo tipo de situaciones hasta convencerse de que yoga no es para ellos. En el silencio y la quietud afloran los miedos, las inseguridades o las situaciones sin resolver. Y el camino de autoconocimiento que es yoga muchas veces comienza por ahí, por la superación de aquello que ignoramos u ocultamos de nosotros mismos.

Por el contrario, quien llega cansado de sus propias dificultades y de los recursos que la sociedad le brinda para aturdirse y distraerse de sí mismo, quien ha llegado a comprender que necesita una guía o ayuda para aprender a hacer otras cosas, quien está dispuesto a cambiar y soltar los patrones tóxicos, comprende rápidamente que los recursos y situaciones que el yoga le ofrece son la manera de cambiar el enfoque de todo lo conocido para, con tiempo y paciencia, desarticular los conceptos mentales que llevan al desequilibrio.

No se puede forzar a alguien a hacer lo que no comprende. No puede saberse cuál de los golpes será el último. Cuando aquel que cree que sus ideas son más valiosas que su salud, llega al límite del orgullo y se rinde ante la posibilidad de cambiar para romper el círculo vicioso, el yoga estará allí con sus miles de años de sabiduría para mostrarles el camino de la tolerancia, el respeto de sí mismo y la posibilidad de tomar la decisión de dejar de luchar para fluir con el devenir de las circunstancias sin perder de vista el centro del equilibrio mental y emocional que nos mantiene más cerca de la salud.

Paul Rego. Profesor de Yoga. Terapeuta holístico. Diplomado en Medicina Ayurveda de India

www.yogasinfronteras.com.ar

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