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Lotekh2010-07-04 13:11:48 +0000 #1
I'm a little old to start yoga, but it seems to be the single technique which can lead me toward the spiritual fulfillment. I practised yoga years ago under surveillance, but the man who led me is dead now. I tried a few sites on internet, but I don't trust them and besides, I don't have the money they ask for. I read a lot of books, but I don't need gym and pranayama, concentration or meditation can't be done acurately without guidance.

If anyone can lead me to a guru who can guide me remotely, please help.

Thank you
justwannabe2010-07-04 13:23:36 +0000 #2
In all the books I have read (about 50) if you were to ask me to choose one author to guide someone to do yoga at home it would be Yogani. Here is his website. He outlines a spiritual practice in a very practical manner in my opinion and his books have helped me to understand things that had previously confused me very much.

AYP Home Page - Free Lessons in Meditation, Pranayama, Kundalini, Tantra: www.aypsite.org/

just my opinioin

Neil
Lotekh2010-07-04 13:33:09 +0000 #3
Thank you Neil. I know the site and I think is one of the best, but... everyone has its peculiarity. I believe that "the guru is in you", but one has to be guided to find his inner guru. For now I need an experienced person to show me the path.

Adrian
Pandara2010-07-04 13:23:38 +0000 #4
Quote:

Originally Posted by Lotekh



I'm a little old to start yoga.

I read a lot of books, but I don't need gym and pranayama, concentration or meditation can't be done acurately without guidance.

Namaste Adrian,

First, one is never too old to start yoga, I know of people well in their 60s and 70s who have started yoga, some of thm are still doing it. I know of a lady of 93 who still do her headstand every morning. It is not about how much or what you do, but your own inner awareness with which you do your yoga.

I am not sure if I understand the second part of your post which I have quoted here correctly, can you please expand your explanation, because if you say you don't need pranayama, I want to say you are misguided, it is exactly pranayama which will help you to cultivate awareness and your yoga further.
InnerAthlete2010-07-04 14:10:50 +0000 #5
I don't think anyone of the guru stature would work remotely. "Guru" and "Remotely" seem to be juxtaposed concepts (for now). The issue with guidance is that it must involve palpation. The person guiding you must be able to feel you either in a tactile, aural, or visual sense (or all of them ideally). How can that happen remotely?

If you are house-bound then it's understandable. If you are not then the question is "what importance does the yoga practice have?". I moved several thousand miles to study with my teacher. And while that's not for everyone it surely was for me. Sometimes we have to get out of the box and really look at what is important in our lives THEN behave in that way.
Philippe*2010-07-04 15:29:12 +0000 #6
I think that you should have a contact physically with a competent teacher with whom you have a trustful relationship. If money is a problem you can deal with him/her, he can understand, decrease the cost, teach for free, ask for something else, you can give something later... Age should not be a problem to benefit from Yoga neither.

The inner guru is a reality as spiritual guidance in life, but Yoga is an art and to cover and develop all the aspects especially the technical part : asanas, pranayama... a proper teacher is needed, the inner guru could tell you to do so too. Individual courses in which Yoga is taught according to the student are the best for that.

May you find the guidance you need,

Philippe
Lotekh2010-07-04 14:10:39 +0000 #7
Thank you all for your kind replies.

First of all it’s a coma missing in my first post. What I meant is that gym is not a goal (even if necessary), and pranayama, concentration and meditation need real guidance. My goal in this life is to do everything I can for spiritual fulfillment.

I’m bound to my family, to my work, I can’t find a way to go somewhere in the world to find a guru. I have to take care of my family first. I have to seek further, to try to find someboby who can lead me.

And for “InnerAthlete”: I respect your opinion, but I don’t think “remotely” and “guru” are antagonistic. I heard about people who have been guided in this way. I feel that someday I’ll find the right person.

Thank you again for your advices,

Adrian

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