Wednesday, October 31, 2012
8,400,000 Asanas - What?
During the seven-month intensive that I'm facilitating, each month has a different Yoga topic and focus. This month was asana. There were a few things that I found fascinating and just had to share with you.
Swami Satyananada in his book Asana Pranayama Mudra Bandha says so beautifully "In the yogic scriptures it is said that there were originally 8,400,000 asanas, which represent the 8,400,000 incarnations every individual must pass through before attaining liberation from the cycle of birth and death. These asanas represented a progressive evolution from the simplest form of life to the most complex: that of a fully realized human being. Down through the ages the great rishis and yogis modified and reduced the number of asanas to the few hundred known today. Through their practice, it is possible to side-step the karmic process and bypass many evolutionary stages in one lifetime. Hatha yoga, therefore, not only strengthens the body and improves health but also activates and awakens the higher centers responsible for the evolution of human consciousness.”
Isn't that amazing? Just think, asana or more accurately Hatha Yoga, has a direct impact on the evolution of human consciousness? No wonder it has been around for millenniums and is still growing today.
Now get on your mat and evolve your consciousness! I know I will. :)