Yoga – physical or spiritual?

Yoga – physical or spiritual?

I am often asked what sort of yoga I teach, and often critised by people for being too physical in my approach, or too spiritual depending on the person’s belief systems. Unravelling yoga and the teaching of yoga is not an easy task and one that I take seriously.

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This post is simply to provide a link to an article on chakras that is quite clearly explained. I do believe strongly that ancient traditions should be taken seriously and that certain practices exist for a reason – even if they don’t make sense to us.

Yoga – physical or spiritual?

An excerpt from the article is quite sobering:   ” According to much contemporary spiritual literature, and the field of Transpersonal Psychology, it is not considered wise to engage in any of these practices without the guidance of a credible teacher or without thorough psychological preparation and education in yoga. Any form of intense contemplative or spiritual practice without the support of a cultural context, or without the support of thorough psychological preparation, is usually considered to be unfortunate, and in some cases even dangerous. ”

“Traditional teachers of kundalini meditation also warn neophytes of the potential dangers of experimenting with kundalini Yoga techniques. These warnings should not be underestimated. A growing body of clinical and psychological literature notes the growing occurrence of meditation-related problems in Western contemplative life. Among these we find the Kundalini Syndrome (which is presented more closely later in this article) and different forms of “wind illness” described in the Tibetan tradition.”

Yoga and chakras

Western technology eventually catches up with Eastern understanding, and in the 1980s, two machines were developed to measure and verify meridians and chakras in the body. The books which followed these studies by Japanese scientist Motoyoma help us as yoga practitioners to make informed choices when deciding for ourselves what to include and what to exclude from our practice.

For the rest of the article, click here: http://www.crystalinks.com/kundalini.html

Susan Wanmer Yoga Teacher Training will encourage you to look at the big picture, become informed, place your yoga in the context of where you are and respect the traditional lineage. This is a serious post, the training takes place in weekend modules where we equally have a lot of fun whilst learning. 

yogis@susanwanmer.com.au for more info about the 205 – 350 hour yoga training. You can start any month.

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