Asana is the part of our practice that opens up a path of knowledge for us on a physical level. Our grounding IS our asana. This can be conscious or unconscious. The detailed comprehensibility of our posture or actions, i.e. how we stand in life and what consequences that has, increases with the depth of our understanding of how we practice asana and how we direct our attention in it. This increases our understanding of the interaction of all gross and subtle principles, and thus of our place in the world.
In this workshop we focus on the physical aspect of practicing asana and analyze the physical alignment and its effects.
2 It’s a vibe: Yoga, sound, chanting & cosmos of good vibes in a challening YogaVinyasa class context
3 What’s freedom ?
Freedom as a concept cannot be clearly defined because it deals with a state that is dependent upon individual experience. To put it another way, freedom can only be experienced when it can be contrasted with its counterpart, ‘non-freedom.’ This ‘non-freedom’ might be of a bodily nature, such as a physical disability, a geographical or psychological nature, just to name a couple of possibilities, each with innumerable different individual consequences. So in this context, some sort of ‘non-freedom’ must exist in order to finally achieve freedom. Any freedom would be relative to the ‘non-freedom’ personally experienced.
Moksha is the principle of unconditional freedom, a state independent of our location, environment, and all other circumstances. Continuous practice reveals the conditional interaction between the ego and the world as we perceive it through our senses. Anyone who has discovered this holds the key to his own freedom in his hand. The Jivanmukta experiences this kind of freedom in this body, now, not as a possibility somewhere down the road. He experiences and accepts this world as the creative force of which he is an expression. Any mental or physical tendency is possible here and is a part of the whole. Whoever understands this has released himself from all situational freedoms, because in the end there is only this one.
Over this Jivamukti-Yoga Weekend we will use an intensive hatha flow yoga practice to get to the core of our ‘non-freedom.’ Our fears, likes and dislikes, our categories for our experiences form this core. When we grapple with the cause, we can slowly disentangle ourselves from the effect, the ‘non-freedom’ we would otherwise experience later.