Two Spiritual points for Advance practitioners
A balanced posture can be maintained for a minimum of 5 to 20 breaths and repeat on opposite side. External gazing is focussing on any point in the external environment horizontally in front. Giving the challenging situation from four limbs activates the axis or vertebral column. This region through the sympathetic and parasympathetic connection and adrenal secretion, activates the Chakras accordingly. Hence the posture is meant for activation of energy centers. According to Bhagavad Gita, the mind can be focused or concentrated by keeping the head, neck and whole vertebral column in a line, “Smamkaya Shirogrivam dharayanna calam “. The nerve signals between the brain and body are passing through spinal cord as chakras or energy (Prana level). Having this journey practitioner can really experience the Asana (Posture), “Sthiram Sukham asanam”. According to Patanjali Maharshi posture is that which is stable, comfortable to maintain for a long time. This is the combination of body, breath, and mind. If the muscles are shivering or posture is imbalanced or has joint pains, then it is not Asana but preparation is going on. If the posture is done for less than 5 breaths then it is a posture of curiosity, the mind alone. According to ancient texts maintain a final pose for a minimum of 5breaths and slowly progress to 20 breaths is all for shifting the metabolism from strength training to endurance training. More oxygenation results in more energy, awareness, and lightweight.
2. A balanced posture can be still made challenging by removing the spacial awareness. So ask the student to close the eyes and have internal Drushti (Focus). Focus on eyebrow center or Ajna Chakra or Shambhavi Mudra is the common point for any asana. Especially for balancing postures, the brain areas like Basal ganglia and cerebellum have to work much more. In this phase, the individual’s mindful deep breath with stable posture improves the qualities like concentration (Bhagawad Gita), clarity of mind (Patanjali Maharshi), the stability of mind like the bird Eagle. These are the qualities which can be found in the Eagle according to environmental science.
We wish the students to follow that environmental references for the journey. Life in tune with such another being of this world is the practice of non-duality. Learn the yoga practices and start the spiritual journey along with the physical world commitments. Then every student can become a balanced personality as mentioned in Bhagavad Gita as “Sthitha Prajna”.