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Buddha Boy

Imagine saying: OK, I am off to sit and do nothing else for the next 6 years, no food, no clothing, no real shelter required, all the energy goes towards realization. This is Ram Bahadur’s path. A boy from the Bara district of Nepal whose mother  has the same first name as Buddha’s mother, and who began meditating non-stop in the hollow of a tree in May of 2005, at the tender age of 15.

It was not long before crowds of people began gathering around him, some with the intention of protecting him, some coming for blessings, some out of curiosity, some to observe weather it is possible indeed to live without water or food and not move at all, without dying.

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Can We Attain Enlightenment (Yoga) Just By Asana?

A few weeks ago I had just that question: is it possible that asana (yoga poses) alone could be the means to get to the higher limbs of yoga, to concentration meditation and that eternal peace with keen discrimination, that seeing what IS?

I was particularly curious after reading of a conference report in which Sharath had mentioned how we should put less focus on socializing and more on practice and how through asana we get into a state of dharana (focus or the six limb of yoga).

In the comments of that post I concluded that perhaps I should ask myself if presented the opportunity: Is asana really enough?

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32 Unusual Ways to Start Paying Attention to Your Breath – Pranayama Preliminaries

Avoid pranayama if you are a dragon

Breath-Extension or Pranayama is that relatively obscure 4th limb of yoga that has not yet gone mainstream. Will it ever? Of course! And think of the possibilities!  Life extension, freedom from diseases, a clear mind,  what is there not to like about it?

Starting a pranayama practice is a process, it requires finding right instruction, the blessing of a good teacher, time to dedicate it to a practice, building up a routine, etc. It is a practice just as much as asana, yamas, or meditation is.

And yet, beginning is simple because pranayama starts with awareness, continues with measurement and extension, and results in a focused and peaceful mind.

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Keeping it Real: 8 Things You Need to Know About the Eight Limbs of Yoga (As Per Patanjali)

I get bored when I read a post with the title “the 8 limbs of yoga” yet, I find that it is necessary for a blog to have such a conversation in a down-to-earth: “telling it like it is”, kind of form. So here I come, and this is not your 2003 eight limb’s post. So, first things first:


8 things you need to know about the eight limbs:

1.- Sage and genius yogi Patanjali compiled the Yoga Sutras, a book he called “On Traditional Yoga” and which was subsequently translated as “the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali“, about 2000 years ago.
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Practicing the Eight Limbs, in Every Practice

That workshop with Ramaswami clarified to me the importance of practicing all limbs of yoga in each practice and so, I’ve been modifying things.

When I say “the importance”, what I mean is that the goal of yoga, eternal utter peace, is achievable, but the concentration (6th limb), followed by longer and longer abilities to keep the mind focused on an object (7th limb) until merging with it (8th limb) will not just happen, it needs as much practice as kurmasana, marichasana D, the drop backs, or being kind to others.

And so yesterday my practice consisted on primary plus intermediate to laghu, but no attempts of dropbacks, for which I was later slapped in the wrist while reading Matthew Sweeney (what a great book!).

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