I built this meditation room with the idea of the round adobe structures of the Native Americans of the southwest. I recently learned the Navajo name for this type of structure; a “hogan.”
The true purpose of yoga asanas are to help one advance in meditation. Their practice brings health, longevity and strength to the body as a side-effect but their purpose is to help one with deep concentration in meditation. The yoga asanas are named after animals in their natural postures.
Really, asanas are not designed for yuppies in yoga salons but for serious and dedicated yogis working to refine human nature at the individual and collective levels of the species. They cause one to evolve physically, psychologically, and spiritually. Liberating tensions and energetic blockages in the body and redirecting the released prana (vital energy) upward into the brain causes new currents of activity. First, the prana creates this new channel or groove in the subtle body and then later the brain begins to change and mimic the new energetic patterns created by the prana by creating more complex neural connections. However, the mind must be able to assimilate these changes, and so it is therefore necessary to deeply understand what yoga is designed for.
Changes in both the individual and collective minds must be made gradually, with full awareness and an assessment of the forces required to combat the inertia, or force resisting this evolution. Just try forcing your prana, or vital energy, above with the blind will of the ego. Later, prana reacts and causes the mind to dive downward with the same intensity. This explains why there is always a little scandal with yoga and absolute scandal with commercial yoga.
These yoga asanas concentrate the vital energy (prana) on the Anahata spiritual heart while the gaze of the eyes (drishti) directs the vital energy upward, toward the pineal gland. Asanas keep the endocrine system balanced and help break through these destructive collective patterns of thought and feeling that degrade our humanity. By first balancing the lower glands, we must liberate the pineal gland that has been cognitively beseiged by egotistical thought contamination. With this liberation we release its magic nectar to bring happiness back into the world.
According to the “Hundredth Monkey” theory only a few of us have to break through in order to create the pattern, just like those few monkeys who discovered a new root to eat and then soon afterward other monkeys of the same species on other islands also discovered this new food. After a “hundred monkeys” or so discovered this, the rest of the species adopted the behavior as second nature.
Here are some more gentle asanas designed for general well-being:
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