Articles derived from yogacharya Sharat Arora (Anand Sagar) Teachings

Yoga is About Silence

Yoga’s primary emphasis is upon general well-being. Yoga employs a broad holistic approach that focuses on inspiring people to live consciously, adopt an aware way of thinking and interacting in the world. In the process it brings about a myriad of healing effects and health benefits.

To access emotional pain through the brain, one must in some way access or attend to the body. Our bodies communicate imbalances or discomforts to us whenever they arise. This can be experienced through feelings of anxiety, discomfort in the abdomen or difficulty with natural breathing. Many people feel stressed and experience neck and shoulder stiffness or feel sad and as a result feel closed in the throat area.

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Part 2: Finding Peace in the Poses (Resolving Conflict)

Yoga Master Teacher Sharat Arora
Philosophy Paraphrased, Adapted and Edited 10 December 2013
Combined Introductory and Continuing Class, Day 5

To be quiet and peaceful is our right. Exercise this right by dropping things, by doing less, by being less busy in your daily life. A Yogi is one who remains connected, focused within and in a state of peacefulness while doing everything in life. This is the path.

In life, as in the asanas, there is work to be done. The question is how much should we do? The answer is simple. We should do enough and not more. According to the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, the final of the seven stages of Samadhi is to experience a pure state of peacefulness in the body for extended periods of time. When you are completely peaceful in a position, or in life, that is the final pose, there is nothing left to do. In the one or two minutes you stay in an asana, you experience perhaps a few seconds of peacefulness.  Enjoy this time. When it passes and again conflict arises, continue to work towards resolution.

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Part 1: The Magic of the Feet (Awareness)

Yoga Master Teacher Sharat Arora
Philosophy Paraphrased, Adapted and Edited 10 December 2013
Combined Introductory and Continuing Class, Day 5

People say they do not have enough time to meditate, but the truth is that anyone can meditate anytime, anywhere.
Focus is the first step on the path of meditation - the spiritual path. In Buddhist tradition, Samadhi means to be in one place.  In Yoga, it means the state of awareness is in one place.  When we look at something, naturally we begin to analyze it, and are thus in two places, causing disturbances in the mind and body. Therefore, in Yoga practice, we can be in only one place. When we focus, our awareness is in only one place, this is meditation.

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HIYC - Meta Awareness & Attention - Yoga Master Teacher Sharat Arora

3./8.10.14 BACK BENDS CLASS

Depending on the technique we apply in a pose, depending on what we are concentrating on, makes the effect of a pose completely different. So if our focus is not right, we can be very miserable. Same in life: if we focus on what is good, life is great because we don’t focus on what’s not right – it’s very important on what we focus. We can have dinner together with our friends but we are so busy with talking that we don’t even notice how delicious the food is. The food cannot be absorbed properly because it did not get appreciation and afterwards we even get stomach ache. But if we eat quietly, concentrating on the taste and chewing the food well, it can be absorbed. Same in life and in Yoga poses: we need to concentrate on the right thing and it will bring the right effects – that’s a law of nature. When we start to give full attention to everything we do, we learn how to apply and then things will change in our lives. An example: maybe we don’t like to wash the dishes – what’s the energy behind it? We HAVE to wash them, so we better bring our full awareness in the activity, enjoy it and do it with a positive energy. A Japanese scientist made an experiment: he filled samples with water. Water is very sensitive. He put some different energies to the water like hatred or love. Then he made different tests and found out that the water particles changed depending on what kind of energy they got. The same happens if we make this experiment with plants. Depending on the focus of our attention we can change physical matters. This is how powerful attention is: we change physical matters depending on how we look at them.

Yoga master teacher Sharat Arora
at the Himalayan Iyengar Yoga Centre

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HIYC - Meta Practice - Yoga Master Teacher Sharat Arora

16.10.14

When we do a practice like we do in our Iyengar Yoga centres, we gain understanding, so we increase our awareness about ourselves and about the world. We go inside and the mind slowly stops its hyper-activity and becomes quiet. From being silent we become peaceful – which is the very purpose of a human being. When there is peace in the body, there is peace in the mind. And from this peace shines a light which is love. In this very moment we automatically share our peacefulness, love and kindness with other beings. But we can also consciously spread it to the people who are with us, to our family, friends, and neighbours, to the people in our country and in the whole world. We can let it go to all who are still suffering, who are still in darkness. Actually we can share our peacefulness and love with all beings and the nature, with the whole universe. We are not the source of this – it just comes to us and it goes out again into the universe. By doing Yoga we can boost this qualities and they will go everywhere. When we sing OM together we can even spread the waves with the sound. Go on the path of light and be happy. And your happiness may become infectious and spreads.

Yoga master teacher Sharat Arora
at the Himalayan Iyengar Yoga Centre

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