Yoga Philosophy with James Traverse
Practical Ways that the Yoga Philosophy of Hatha Practice Benefits Your Spirit Mind and Body
Hatha Yoga exercise practice and Yoga Philosophy have stood the test of time as they have been explored for some 5000 or more years. Hatha Yoga exercise stimulates health and overall well-being by stretching your physical ability and mental ability to maintain a tranquil mind the practice challenges you stretch and yet avoid straining whereby you see clearly and thus discover the asana, or pose, that is currently just right for you. Yogic stretching always includes breath awareness as breathing is considered to be the link between the body and the mind. Hatha yoga exercise incorporates the stretching exercises of the asanas. Yogic stretching always includes breath awareness as breathing is considered to be the link between the body and the mind.
One very familiar yoga position associated with Yoga Philosophy is the Lotus Pose as it symbolizes the flowering of understanding that like the lotus begins in muddy waters. The aim of yoga is the same as any other spiritually based practice; it is to realize the union, or interconnectedness, of all things. In a certain way hatha yoga is best described as a way of clear seeing that is the case when the mind is silent yet alert. This is described by the founders of yoga as the distinction between seeing with the mind, which means that seeing is filtered through past knowledge and seeing through the mind, which is the quality of seeing that is when you are astonished, or when the mind is innocent as in infancy. The physical, psychological, emotional and all the other widespread benefits of hatha yoga practice are a byproduct of the understanding that flowers via seeing clearly. In turn these benefits deepen with practice as your ability to concentrate and focus is enhanced. And concentration and focused attention enhance your ability to understand the meditative mind and thereby realize sustained inner peace.
The many yoga approaches of the philosophy of yoga are all interrelated as each involves an understanding of the true nature of being beyond the physical body. In a very practical way this is why hatha yoga promotes the health of the body as the underlying intention is to optimize physical health such that deeper practices can be explored. That deeper practice begins as the art of relaxing the focus of the sense doors on the objects of perception and attending to perceiving itself. It is at this point of attending to perceiving itself that there is a switchover from yoga as mere physical exercise to the deeper practices of concentration and meditation. These latter practices are beneficial in themselves as already stated and they reveal that breathing is the direct connection of your spirit, mind and body such that you experientiially understand how the root meaning of the word spirit, which is to breathe, is true. In this light it is clear that breathing is simultaneously the most basic and most advanced yoga practice.
If you suffer from any ailment or physical discomfort, hatha yoga practice and the philosophy behind it is highly recommended because it provides the benefits of physical health and well-being as a solid foundation, like the roots of a tree, which then allows you to explore the other approaches of yoga. Some of the other approaches are Kundalini Yoga, Asthanga Yoga, Chakra Yoga, Nisarga Yoga, Yoga Nidra Yoga and various others that often take the name of an influential teacher like Iyengar Yoga or Kripalu Yoga – each of these yoga approaches presents yoga philosophy in its particular light.
One way that Yoga Philosophy is revealed by your stance – on the physical level this is explored via standing on your own two feet…