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That: the thing about breathing through both nostrils at once so that meditation can “maybe happen”…. Is one of the thousands of secrets I’ve learned from Gregor Maehle,
He is an amazing teacher.
For example, he is one of the few practicing yogis -living today- that is willing to do all the research and practice, and translate it into plain English so we can all understand what yoga means, as a whole.
On Episode 3 Gregor acts like a catalyst of understanding for all of us to really get it.
When you hit “play” you will hear in a magical way, how all branches of yoga come together to bring you into the mystical sacredness of this very moment
It is amazing how he can make it all so clear in less than an hour.
There is plenty of meditation out there, but nobody talks about how it connects to yoga, specifically.
Schools don’t teach it… even the large and famous ones…
The focus of present-days-schools is so heavily on asana (poses) that people like me end up looking elsewhere, not in yoga itself.
I met Gregor because of his books and I am glad I did because once I started reading I could not put them down.
In fact, I have reviewed all of them here on the blog, and even created a book club around the one on Pranayama because I was surprised that someone could make yoga knowledge so accessible, clear and down to earth.
Every time I read a book by Gregor I feel the “slap in the wrist“, as I have come to call it, but it is a tough-love kind of slap, the one that suggests this:
“Don’t just settle for asana! There is more to go into… like pranayama and meditation, and the mysteries beyond.”
Which brings me to this podcast.
Gregor wrote his fourth book completely dedicated to meditation.
Specifically to how meditation fits within the yoga tradition, as one of the eight limbs. Through integrating all practices, and including mantra, chakras and kundalini.
And there is the “K” word. One I am not fond of, because there is so much b/s around it in the world. But that is NOT the case here.
When Gregor talks about kundalini we hear the ancient texts, 6000-year-old words, backed by people whose practices flourished over millennia.
Here is the thing with yoga and meditation…
Because schools all over the world focus on the poses, there are non that actually teach “meditation as per yoga”.
Some teachers teach something they learned from a Buddhist tradition or a Tibetan lama… or Whatever… mixing it up.
This causes people like me to start dabbling into Vipassana or Shambhaa or Insight Meditation or all other denominations.
Because nobody teaches yoga-meditation.
And by that I mean, how did the yogi researches who have sat and practiced for 3, 4, 5 thousand years approach it?
How have they done it? What can we learn from them?
What happens exactly after asana is “established”?
What is it that moves the practice forward into the mysteries, into being fully present, into the higher states?
How come we can practice for decades and still be mean to each other?
- Why Gregor has “semi-retired” to a “somewhat secluded forest” location to intensify his practice – Below is a photo of the view into the forest of where he lives
|view into the forest|
- Where the confusion stems from: The actual yoga definition of “meditation” and how it differs from, say, Vipassana
- The fifth limb of yoga is withdrawing the senses… Is there a way to “DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT”?
- Gregor says yes there is something you can DO to effect the fifth limb of yoga, he describes what that is (including inversions)
- The fastest way to reach higher levels into the mystery suggested by Gregor, which point to uniting both the breathing techniques with focus on the chakras
- The reason why inversions have gotten negative publicity lately, and how to avoid troubles with it
- In all mystical traditions of humankind, it was always taught that true knowledge has a physical aspect. An insight from Gregor’s latest visit to Japan
- Why it is important to “clear” your life, from emotional issues, to clarify money issues, sexual issues etc… Otherwise the “downward energy” will pull you down, and never let you uplift.
- The role of food and fasting, and how it needs to be done right if attempted at all, for example he goes: “whereas if you clean out the abdomen and you would fast for a while, you just would absolutely not care at all about any of those issues“
- How the above does NOT mean anyone should just go ahead and try fasting. EVERYTHING NEEDS TO BE DONE WITH CARE. And slowly… There is no point in rushing just because we read a book
- Loved when he said: “The important thing is that you do have a spiritual practice and that you do have a spiritual realization, and then abundance – material abundance will come as a result of that, but don’t start chasing material abundance, because material abundance will chase you if you stop giving out a lot. Then you will automatically receive.”
- Gregor boldly says what is at the CORE OF HIS TEACHING: “The central tenets of yogic teaching since 6,000 years ago is that if you only practice asana, that is, posture, it is very, very unlikely that you succeed“
- How to choose a teacher. The very difficult question of finding someone who is REAL today… And how Gregor talks about the only qualification for initiation… And it is “self-initiation”. Thank you Gregor!
- The one thing that took Gregor a long time to understand: This surprised me as it applies not just to yoga but to everything. And it has to do with “giving, everything, and doing things for others”
Gregor Maehle: So yeah, so that would be – the advantage of such a meditation bench is that your spine is still in the ideal double-S curve.