Asana

“The yogi conquers the body by the practice of asanas and makes it a FIT VEHICLE for the spirit. A soul without a body is like a bird deprived of its power to fly” – BKS Iyengar

I didn’t really understand these beautiful words until I deepened myself in yoga practice lately. At this stage, I’m still working a lot on practising asanas. I’m still getting this vehicle fit, strong and much pushing myself into the asanas. It means my asanas are yet steady and effortless. However I got some AHA moment when being the pose. It’s when I was folding forward in Parsvottanasana. When my nose tip touched the knee down there, I surrendered my body, let go of my mind and deepen myself in breathing. And it’s like i was hanging myself there without awareness of space and time for just a second. Although it’s just for a second, i completely got it.

My master said that along doing asanas, yogi will reach the meditative state. My question for her is that if it’s possible for a yogi to reach that state if he/she hasn’t mastered the asana technique. From her answer, i got an impression that asana technique is not the only thing to get you to the meditative state. I guess those who have great control of their body, being able to do the poses perfectly but lack control over mind, spririt and the Self cannot be in harmony with themselves or get a balanced state in their inner self. How to get control of the mind and eventually free it from our body? Keep doing asanas with all concentration will help. Anything good must start from a healthy body. And in turn, a clear thought of freeing mind will improve the asanas. When there is no mind, our body is effortless in the asanas. When asanas is steady, there is no place for mind,  we are then left with our energy. And deeper inside our body, the spiritual energy will arise.

I dont think anyone can teach us about the spirit. Only true yogis will discover themselves.