Establishing balance is essential to effective action. Balance can mean the capacity to respond instead of react. It can mean employing right speech – are your words kind, true, and necessary? It can mean maintaining core physical strength – standing strong and grounded. All of these produce clarity, which means we have great facility with tapping into … More Entry: Asana – Day 3
Where does your body exist within space? That depends on what you mean by “your body.” Proper asana reflects alignment of our physical, emotional, mental and spiritual bodies. As we come to sense the personal requirements for a comfort, equipoise, and focus and put that information to use, we open to door to shamatha, or … More Entry: Asana – Day 2
With Step 8, we bring attention to the physical body. It is a common misconception that meditation is a way to escape or “check out” from physical reality. We would say that the contrary is true – that meditation is the full immersion into the now, and that includes the body, the mind, and … More Entry: Asana – Day 1
Human beings are a complex, a collection of energies. We have a physical dimensionality, a robust emotion-mind set of factors, as well as an essence or spiritual, higher nature. Meditation is interested in the integration of these parts along with yoga, tai chi, chi gong, aikido, and other practices that seek to unite our components. … More 8a. the Body-Mind-Spirit
Asana reminds us that our physical body is an aspect of the breadth and scope of human Awareness. Asana also reminds us that with the physical body honored and respected through good posture and alignment, it will assist our meditative stability. A body unacknowledged, not included as an aspect of our meditative practice, is a … More 8c: the body of Awareness
Asana is a whole being process and concept. Though it begins with being about one’s posture, asana opens one to poise, composure, equipoise, and the feeling of integrity. Each of these speaks of balance, but not a type of outer balance – like balancing a book on one’s head – but inner balance, inner coordination … More 8c: Integrity begins inside.
Sitting well for meditation creates immediate benefits in one’s practice. One can sit in a chair, of course, but if it is possible to sit in a cross-legged position, the pyramidal shape of one’s body actually has effect. But since many people cannot sit like that, a couple of things can refined and support one’s … More 8b. Feel it!
There are many reasons why the classical meditation posture is the classical one. A few are: aligning the body and inner chakra system, alignment of the body, energy, mind, and emotional components of oneself, verticality stretches one energetically as high, expanded or refined as one can reach and then sustain. Also, asana provides the downward … More 8a: Asana – from the bottom to the top
The word mudra is often used in conjunction with asana. In that case, mudra is a component of an overall asana in physical yoga. But, in these meditations, mudra is the focal point for actualizing an invoked energy or an invited quality of Presence. Then, Asana is lived as the overall motivation for wanting to … More Intermediate: Mudra: actualizing energy