“We are like engineers. We are like scientists. We do and experience many things.” –Sharath
Today’sconference began by reiterating the importance of āsana in our spiritual practice. Sharath said āsana is a very big tool to get stability in our bodyand mind because we have a mind like a monkey, jumping here and there. Āsana helps us to have a mind more like a koala bear, sitting in one place. The monkey mind doesn’t like to concentrate. It is the āsana controlling the mind that makes the āsana so useful. He likened it to the sun’s rays. At noon, the rays are very bright and too harsh. A practitioner who sits in the third limb,āsana, learns to withdrawal the senses and control her rays to be more like asetting sun, the light more controlled, the energy more controlled. With yoga,we experience something different than before. We are changed by our practice. We each experience our yoga a little differently though the practice is the same.Sharath cautioned that finding yoga is like a treasure hunt. We must find real yoga. We know we have found real yoga when some changes happen within us. This does not mean “I was jumping with crossed legs and now I jump up with straightlegs”—not that kind of change. We can go to gymnastics and learn to jump and do handstands. This is an external and internal exercise. When we bring vinyāsa,breathing techniques, to this āsana our minds will change because breath cancontrol the mind. This change can happen anywhere in the āsana practice from primary to sixth series. We need not have to be advanced in the āsana in orderto feel this change and learn the breathing techniques. We only need to experience the yoga. We are like engineers, like scientists, in that we do, and then experience many things.
Conference Notes with Sharath Jois: KPJAYI, 26August 2012