Yoga is a discipline with ancient origins, through meditation it can help us to know ourselves. It is an experience characterized both by an individual inner dimension (the perception of our physical energy system and its implications for our well-being) as well as an external and collective dimension: that is, it teaches us to learn how to live with others in a more harmonious way. Above all, one can discover the causes that lead to internal tensions, which are reflected in our relationship with the outside world. The main intention of teaching this method of yoga to students is to create in them, even from a young age, the ability to take their attention inside, thus giving them a more balanced approach towards life.
Yoga helps students to be balanced, to have self-confidence, a feeling of inner peace and an increased understanding of themselves and others.
The techniques we are proposing allow the students, in a simple and fun way, to activate and strengthen their fundamental listening and attention skills. It helps them to be balanced, to have self confidence, a feeling of inner peace and an increased understanding of themselves and others. These expressions of individual potential are enhanced by practicing yoga, and it also helps to improve the relationships of students with their peers as well as with their surrounding environment. Peace, balance, enthusiasm and creativity are the true dimensions of life to which the regular practice of meditation spontaneously takes us. Through this experience, the students are taken on an enjoyable journey, discovering the beauty of their “inner self”.
Inside each of us there is a subtle energy system, coded by ancient sages through centuries of meditation and discovery. This energy system is the subtle aspect of our nervous system. According to Western medicine it is divided into the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems. The inner knowledge of our subtle energy allows us to reach what is commonly referred to as the ‘state of meditation’, a state of complete inner peace. Our mind becomes one with the present moment, without being besieged by the usual bombardment of thoughts. However it is not: asleep, absent or unconscious. On the contrary, we are able to enjoy a special moment of perfect clarity and well-being; the mind, when it is calm and in the present, is able to reflect reality. This dimension called ‘thoughtless awareness’, even if achieved only for a few seconds, brings us great benefits on a physical, mental and emotional level. According to Eastern tradition, this amazing experience can be realized only through the awakening of the maternal ‘Kundalini’ energy, the ‘internal power’, which lies dormant in our sacrum (in Latin or sacrum comes from the Greek term hieron soteon ‘sacred bone’, as they believed that it was the abode of the soul). With this technique the Kundalini energy awakens and stabilizes the energy balance of our nervous system.
As mentioned before, the ancient description of the subtle system coincides well with the anatomy of the nervous system. Schematically, we can identify the right and left channels which correspond to the right and left sympathetic nervous systems. These have dissimilar energy functions, while remaining perfectly complementary to each other. The right channel is the energy of our actions, reason and thoughts about the future. The left channel deals with our emotions, harbours our mental conditionings and is tuned towards the past. These two energies can be balanced, without any effort, by a process of meditation that facilitates the ascent of the Kundalini along the central channel. This central channel, on a subtle level, represents a state of balance and serenity in the present. To help support the Kundalini on its ascent and keep the channels in balance, we use some simple but highly effective techniques. Our methods use natural elements, such as fire, earth and water, that have a clearing effect on the subtle system, as well as improving one’s relationship with the environment. Such techniques, as well as being easy to learn, have brought scientifically proven benefits: (www.researchingmeditation.org)
Centres of energy: how to work on yourself
There are seven energy centres placed along our spine, which coincide with the major nerve plexuses. Known as ‘chakras’ (from the Sanskrit ‘wheel’), these centres not only regulate the physical functions of the organs (such as breathing, digestion, etc.), but also embody the inner qualities that make up our personality. We find that innocence, joy, security and the ability to understand each other are not only beautiful ideals, but real living energies within each of us. A very important aspect of meditation is the fact that we can actively intervene in a positive manner on our subtle system. Here’s how: The Kundalini manifests itself as a pleasant and gentle cool breeze, perceptible on a physical level. It rises up the spine, and while passing through the different chakras, it gives signals on our palms and fingertips that indicate the state of our energetic system. If this flow of energy encounters tensions or ‘catches’, we feel recognizable sensations, such as tingling or warmth, on that part of the hand which corresponds to the energy and nerve centre concerned (see diagram). In this way, we can have an exact picture of our energy state, which is a reflection of our psycho-physical condition. We therefore gain the ability, with some simple exercises, to deal directly with our own well-being on our physical, mental and emotional levels. These will be explained during the meeting.
How to meditate at home: how to work on other people
As mentioned before, the use of natural elements can be considerably helpful in achieving a state of meditation. It is very effective to meditate sitting on the earth. Due also to the force of gravity, the Mother Earth is able to absorb our tensions. In this way, we can help to lighten both our energy channels. The right channel, which is the side of action and future planning, will cool down with the use of refreshing elements such us water and air. The left channel, being our channel of desire and emotions, can be balanced with use of a candle. The benefits are easily obtained using everyday items: for example, you can meditate while soaking your feet in warm salty water (footsoak). By the time we reach the state of ‘thoughtless awareness’ not only are we aware of our own chakras, but we can feel those of the people around us. In fact, the awakening of the Kundalini helps to purify our attention and allows us to have a deeper understanding of our existence. This sensitivity also allows us to identify, with practice, the subtle energy of other people by putting our enlightened attention on them. As a result, our understanding of ourselves, of others and of our interpersonal relationships increases, improving our integration with the rest of the world. In this way, we are able to know better our ‘true’ selves.
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