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Pharma Sutra: Healing the Body and Mind With the Art of Yoga

Posted by on Apr 17, 2013

Music Rainbow BodyAn excerpt from my newly published book. . . Pharma Sutra: Healing the Body and Mind With the Art of Yoga

 

“Yoga is almost like music in a way; there’s no end to it.” – Sting

When the body is working as it should, it is like a great symphony. Master composers can provide the perfect musical score for an orchestra to play, but even if it is the most virtuosic, most genius musical composition ever created, just one vigilante violinist can ruin the perfection of the music. Think of cancer or diseased cells. They work in the same way. The rest of the orchestra can be finely tuned, and ready to play the masterpiece of you, but if just a few cells are out of sync, playing a different rhythm or the wrong notes, then cacophony happens, not beautiful music. From the wisdom of ancient yogic teachings, the body is seen as a cohesive whole, and treated as such. It is not a rudimentary mechanical machine. While it performs incredible tasks for us on a daily basis, it is not to be treated as just a bag of bones needing an occasional tune-up.

Moreover, when the body is allowed to be completely peaceful, we can attain not just perfected health, but ascendant health – that is, we become a genius of sorts ourselves. We may develop talents and gifts that were latent within us, unable to rise to the surface because our bodies were too busy trying to heal us, and bring us back to our natural state of equilibrium.

There are said to be over 8.4 million different asana in Hatha yoga, but the only two poses which are repeatedly referred to in every ancient text are Padmasana (lotus Pose) and Samasana (Perfect Pose). These two are primarily postures of meditation, so one cannot over emphasize the importance of a peaceful mind for our overall health.  If postures like these are employed as a means to cure the body, the necessity for pills and surgeries, chemotherapy and other invasive medical procedures becomes, oddly, obsolete.

“Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.” ~ Viktor E. Frankl

Additionally, from a yogic perspective, we have many layers of awareness, or intelligence. The physical is actually the most mundane and lowest level of ‘health’ as we know it, but it is also the gateway to untold vitality and wellness. There are other ‘sheaths’ of the body, called koshas, and as we clear energy from the more subtle layers, this translates to a more open and vital physical body. There are many metaphors used to explain the koshas, like peeling back the layers of an onion to find its core, or unstacking Russian dolls that nestle inside one another. As you heal one layer, the rest of the layers are affected, and vice versa. Ideally, you would keep your most subtle layer ‘clear’ so that disease could never manifest at the physical level, but most of us are not yet aware of our selves on such a subtle level and are happy to peel back just the first layer of the onion. So, this is where we begin our practice – at the physical level.  . .Read more on kindle or your i-device, here. Need to read it somewhere else? Here’s the free reader for macs , and the free reader for everything else. . . Android phone or tablet, iPad, iPhone, Mac, Windows 8 PC or tablet, BlackBerry, or Windows Phone.

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