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Hubert2010-07-05 05:25:09 +0000 #1
Hi !

I am 34 years old. I started to visit a gym a year ago. I lost a lot of fat. I became stronger. I did both strenght and cardio training. I am not very muscular but I can run 4 miles, and lift my own weight several times, do several pushups and so on. This is not the point. Due to my increased vitality and possible carmic influences, I had to pass a rather painful romantic experience. (I am married and I have a 8 days old baby girl)

The experience made me question my whole life. I managed to get answers through the spiritual path of yoga and also through the Bible and certain antrophosofic literature.

I did practice yoga for a year during college.

I have a practical question. I want to master padmasana. I want to be able to sit in this posture for the required three hours, so l can use it for meditation. I am trying to live by the Yama and Niyama. I am making good progress in that.

Now, I am probably overly zealous, and impatient. After about two weeks of daily practice , I can sit in padmasana 10-15 minutes. In the beginning even a few seconds felt ages.

The problem: lately I can't enter the posture. My hip and knee articulations feel even more rigid than in the beginning. I do not feel the normal streching feeling, but this sensation of cold stiffness in my hips and knees.

How often should I practice ? Right now I am unable to perform padmasana. I did swithch to vajrasana but I can't sit in it for more than a few minutes.

And I really want to master only one position for meditational purposes. But I seem to be in front of the wall, and I don't know what I am doing wrong.

I would be much grateful for any suggestions ...

may God bless you all

InnerAthlete2010-07-05 05:40:21 +0000 #2
Well Hubert that is a whole lotta post my yogic chum.

Are we to skip over the subtle mention of your romantic passing? Hmmm.

And then right into asana eh? Okay then.

I am not your teacher, per se, any more than we are all each other's teachers of course. So I am not in a position to discern if you are over zealous. Perhaps you are. Perhaps you are not.

You've slected a particular pose. And you've given a brief somewhat logical rationale for the choosing. Who has told you there is a three hour requirement in Padmasana? You know what, it doesn't really matter who has told you. That's a digression.

What does matter is that the pose must be accessible to the student in degrees, gradients, progressions, levels. This particular pose, like virasana, elicits misperception in the minds of students. It appears that one can come intop the pose with no issue at all. These two poses are easy to come into in a way that is damaging to the connective tissue. And there are only two ways to really know this without waiting ten years for knee surgery. the first is the watchful eye of a senior teacher. The second is sharp pain in the joint.

When the hips are not open enough for Padmasana to blossom, then the action must go somewhere else and that next elsewhere is the knee joint.

Conside some work in Adrha Padmasana. Also consider this: the path to consciousness does not merely go through padmasana. Meditation does not necessarily own a greater degree of efficacy in 3 hours of padmasana.

You might have a more authentic path coming to grips with where you body is instead of wrestling with where your agenda-filled thought center believes it should be.

Just my two rupees.
Hubert2010-07-05 06:11:45 +0000 #3
Thanks for the reply.

I myself did some research. I realised that I am perfoming Padmasana by forcing my knees and ankles very much, because my hips are stiff. So I'll have to work on mobility of that area first.

I did practice Ardha Padmasana before Padmasana, as a warm up.

Apparently I was hurrying. And you are right ... I chose Padmasana because it is like a symbol of yoga, and I liked my image as a meditating Yogi.

So I will try a more gentle, more humble approach.

As about a teacher. There is a yoga course in my city ... but it has class only one day a week, and there is really no personal teacher. Maybe after a certain level.

I do have notes of my old yoga course where the asanas are well descripted, togheter with their subtler aspects, rules of feeding and conduct. So it is not like I am doing it as a momentarly passion. I know wery well what it is all about, at least in an informative way, and I realise, that I need several years of practice to achieve real benefits.

About my personal life ? I just added the note to give my post a certain gravity. I did suffer greatly. Suffering is a veritable guru, they say. So in a sense, life itself is my guru. I have seen the error in my ways and I made tremendous effort to overcome the odds. Yoga helps me overcome myself, as myself, my limited ego was the real cause of the suffering.

Peace to you all
InnerAthlete2010-07-05 06:37:44 +0000 #4
Understood and you are welcome.

Attend class once a week with the idea of developing a home practice.



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