Yoga means "union" with the creative source. There are many types of Yoga. The type pictured here is called an asana or a body position, typically associated with the practice of Yoga. Most people go to yoga class without knowing that the proper way to practice is to be aware of the subtle energies that flow through the channels in the body. Yoga when practiced correctly, can literally re-sculpt the body and mind through unification with spirit. It is in a very real sense, a shape shift!
The proper awareness of the prana (energy) and pranayama (yogic breathing) are essential components to obtaining results. You don't just throw your mat down and go through the motions like an aerobic exercise. These practices come from very ancient sources in the Indus valley and should be treated with reverence. They are 'Moving meditations." If done in the proper manner guidance will come from above to below in the form of spontaneous instruction. The same holds true with any ancient art such as Tai chi, Kriya Yoga, or any of the martial arts.
It's all about the subtle energy. I personally start my day with Yoga, Tai chi and kung fu! These practices can improve all areas of your life including sex. The energy through yoga can open all chakras (energy centers) from the base to the crown. Having said all that, it should be fun not work. I tell people it should feel like that "spontaneous stretch" when you get up in the morning and say "oh that feels good." That is the proper approach! When seeking personal instruction your teacher should know all these things and much, much more. If they don't it's time to look for one that does.
About Me: "Wakiya" (Thunder)
I am a Tribal, Musician, Writer, Artist. I try to walk the path and have studied the tradition of the "Wisdom keepers" like Lame Deer, Fools Crow, Black Elk, and Rolling Thunder from the tribes of this region, and Lao Tzu, Buddha, Bodhidharma, Yeshua, and other enlightened ones from the many various tribes of the earth. I understand the worlds religions and belief systems, and realize the division this can cause by the lack of understanding the "real message" from the Masters. My intention, and life's prayer is to try to live in harmony with Grandmother Earth, Grandfather sky, (Nature) and "the spirit that moves in all things," and help in any way I can to build a bridge between all men and tribes so they can walk their path in a manner that will benefit themselves, the Earth and others. I open up, and ask Great Spirit, The creator, The Tao, The Universe, to work and direct healing and positive energy through me by different means, like the Flute, drums, Words, Prayer, and Touch. I try to be loving and accept others from the heart, and practice forgiveness. I honor all people, the winged one's, and four legged ones considering us all equal, not one being above another. I honor the bountiful Harvest from Mother earth in the form of plant life, water, air and herbs which sustain our oneness with her. I pray all tribes should re-unite as one, so we may protect the planet and live in harmony. Within you, without you.
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