Thursday - 06/10/16, Trikonasana with a Purpose
Prashantji is a skillful psychologist. The simple and direct are not obvious. He builds layers of explanation to tug minds to the zenith of his ideas. Trikonasana was performed many times and from different stand points within the body, both in the room and using the top rope. The legs were first purposeful point, how are they working? What effect are they having on the body? Two of several points that were made again and again. Then Trikonasana from the breath. Can the breath be the vehicle of exploration for the posture? Can the breath be expansive front and back of the body? How does it effect the legs? The posture grows. Then Trikonasana from the organs. Can the organs be effective in the posture? How does the energy of the organs of the lower abdomen, spleen, liver etc. effect the pose? Prashant also noted again about the three "A's" and the employment of the intelligence. That the intelligence could not commence without working to this level of profundity.
This class felt like a pivotal moment. There were many concepts that were built on from previous classes this week, so there was a mini firework display going on in my body and mind. If the properties of the pose can be generated in various locations and with various techniques as described then the pose evolves in exploration of the inner workings. There is a realization of causation. Yes yogic posture works on the limbs, muscles, therefore induces greater fitness for the body, but that is part of a story. If indeed as I understand it that this work reveals the body’s interconnectivity then there is always another vista over the horizon.
Prashantji drew our attention to the stills of Guruji in Sirsasana. He said that we may know and understand the pose effecting the mind, from the body, but we may not yet know the body.
Prashantji drew our attention to the stills of Guruji in Sirsasana. He said that we may know and understand the pose effecting the mind, from the body, but we may not yet know the body effecting the mind from the posture, just as a walk away from home has a different motion, emotion, timescale than walking the same distance back again.
Go forward, friends and practice with this.