Teacher Training on Asana

The Physical body is the base for the spiritual journey according to BKS. Iyengar. Putting the physical body into different shapes like asana, different quick and unnatural stress like Kriyas and focusing point like Drishti is the basic step of the spiritual journey. Gravity is a continuous force acting on the body and ground is the base for the physical body which are to be understood and analyzed for the smooth conduct of Yogic practices like asana, kriya, Drishti, bandha, mudra, chanting, meditation etc., The gravity at the center of the body weight (Center Of Gravity) that is at S2 (2nd Sacral vertebra) pulls vertically down onto the ground (Base Of Support) with an imaginary line (Line Of Gravity). Teachers have to remember these techniques to adjust the body parts and prevent falling and injuries at the learning stage. The base of support as the ground for our physical activity is constant. But still, if the support is required during the initial stage of training, there are two ways. One is external support like using straps or belts or ropes or blocks or pillows or manual support from peers, teachers, friends etc., Second is internal support like using some more muscles for holding or gripping the own body parts. Later on, perform the pose without internal and external support but adopting a Mudra (Hand gestures) to feel the pulse at peripheral parts of the body. This way the asana practices takes a person from physical level to mental level through breathing. This is the initial part of the spiritual path. The gained knowledge and awareness is the intellect which can overcome the mind and allows it to sublimate the emotions at different situations of life. This internal awareness and self-satisfaction is the state of contentment in front of wise person and silence in front of the ignorant person. At this level of existence, body will mold in different ways without much effort as before. These are the steps of transformation.

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