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Willpower Crimp
Posted on January 16, 2017

The indications about progress in asana postures is different to those for the pranayama breath-infusion. For postures, increased flexibility in certain postures is a sure sign that the exercises are doing something. If for instance one person begins with a very flexible ankle, postures which flex that part of the body will be easy. Hence that pose will not be a way to test the progress. The yogi would have to use a posture which from the onset was difficult. Then over time check to see if that posture became more and more flexible as time proceeded, not overnight but over a period of years.

 

There are certain postures which were difficult to assume when I began doing asana postures in this body. Many of these postures became flexible. This is evidence of my progress with the poses.

 

Even at the body’s age of sixty-five (65), I am still improving some postures. Some of these took over forty (40) years of practice to gain the required flexibility. It was not days or weeks. If I had become impatient and ceased, I would never have realized the proficiency.

 

For breath infusion we look at other aspects. The mastery of pranayama breath infusion is really about energy flow in the subtle body. It is a complete shift over to the subtle form but it does affect the physical body as well. The main hub of it in the physical system is its influence which causes rapid efficient digestion, which makes it so that a yogi can get the most nutrition from the least amount of food.

 

In the subtle body the influence of pranayama is realized, when during practice the yogi can crimp subtle energy with his willpower and he can shift and move subtle energy with his feelings/sensations only, even without physical movement. Initially when doing breath infusion, the physical movements are necessary otherwise the yogi cannot shift the energy but as he practices more and more, gradually over time, he finds that the energy becomes responsive to his willpower commands and his sensation dictations within the psyche.

 

This is an inner observation where the yogi becomes confident of the practice and can rate how far he progress over the years. It is not an external demonstration because it concerns psychic energy which is not perceived by physical senses. Confidence in the yoga-guru(s) must be there but that alone is not enough. The student must acquire confidence in the practice itself. There is a similar understanding on the Buddhist path where there are three pillars of confidence which are required:

·       The Buddha

·       The Method

·       The Community of Ascetics

 

 

Even there the Buddha alone is not sufficient, even the association with monks is not enough. One must develop confidence in the method and not confidence because the teacher declared the method but due to practicing and getting results in one’s life as the very evidence which strengthen the student and give impetus of being on a progressive path.

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Reply #1 Posted on January 16, 2017

 

"...he finds that the energy becomes responsive to his willpower commands and his sensation dictations within the psyche."

 

Where there is a will there is a way.

Where there is only physicality there is nothing.

Willpower can operate without the physical contribution.

When the physical body is no longer accessible, the willpower will still be functional.

Most likely when that time comes the mountain of impediment construed by the body would become evident.

 

The post can serve as a great provider of hope and equalizer for those who feel that lack of flexibility on account of genetics or personal habits or upkeep, etc. put them at an unfair disadvantage on this singular path.

 

It is natural and normal to start of paying attention to the physical in the beginning, at least to understand and get into the asanas proper. But they are not the aim; rather they represent a mere means to promote the all-encompassing internalized control.

 

That starting point also normally becomes the ultimate end, because the universal acceptance of yoga will remain the superficial aspect that is immediately observed and accessed. And this general mood sabotages the influence of genuine guru influence, drastically limiting or significantly delaying access to higher practice. Confidence therefore remains at the level of that universal yoga and may never evolve to higher practice.

 

In that connection, the sense of desolation that may come from lack of limberness in this practice is based on the universal energy of externalization. It is fundamental to have this clarity in our approach. Individuals with yogic background and instincts will be birthed across the globe in random gene pools or simply never have a genuine chance to regain access to yoga until later in age. This means that it will be even more critical to rapidly realize the importance of embracing the practice from within the subtle.

 

In a way, from the stand point of this modern setting I have to wonder if the best introduction to this particular practice is initially through physical yoga, as it generally leads to adulation of the gross form, based on natural material focus as well as the forceful and dominant push of the general energy defining yoga. Ideally, I would posit an approach that would only in second position integrate asanas as a means of further cultivating the prime objective of internalization and psychic manipulation of personal subtle energies and system.