09 May Prostration And The Art Of Doing So In Yoga!
Prostration is the placing of the body in a reverentially or submissively prone position. It comes to light once an individual takes a spiritual path or one of reverence. This act is more common in the Eastern world and familiar to the Western world if already practiced at home by cultural set up. Either way, prostrating brings one into surrender, lessening the ego and coming to a place of humility and dedication. In Yoga, the art of this practice comes into play during Saasshtaanga or Ashtanga Namaskar in Sun Salutations. Upasangrahan is prostrating towards the elders (parents, teachers and noble souls) by touching their feet. This is a sign of respect for age, maturity, experience, wisdom, divinity and nobility that they personify. In return, you are rewarded with blessings from the wise ones, it symbolizes our recognition of their selfless love and the sacrifices they have done for our welfare. Humbly acknowledging the greatness of another. Good wishes from a tremendous heart, divinity and nobility exudes in positive vibrations and evokes strength. When we prostrate with Namaskara/Namaste (hands in Anjali mudra or prayer hands) we are paying homage to the receiver. Prostrating by standing up to greet others is known as Prathunana. Lastly, another act of prostration is Pratyabivaadana, returning the greeting someone gives us.
All these are the best ways we could practice the art of prostration and these are ways of imbibing in us the value of wisdom, spirituality, and respect. Even a king in olden days used to prostrate before his teacher thus showing that it is not material wealth that is respected in the world but simple experience and wisdom.
Asana of the week: Ashtanga Namasker/Shaastaanga
(Eight Point Pose). Knees, Chest Chin during the Vinyasa.
Mantra for this week: Om Sahana Vavatu, Sahanau Bhunaktu Saha Veeryam Karavaavahai Tejasvinaa Vadheetamastu Maa Vidvishaavahai Om. Shantih.. Shantih.. Shantihi…
May we be protected (teacher and student) May we both be nourished May we work together with great energy May our intellect be sharpened Let there be no animosity amongst us.. Om Peace (in me) Peace (in nature) Peace (in Divine forces)