Yoga is a “state” of being. When we talk about “practising” in the context of yoga, what is meant is that we are practising to both recognise and remove the impediments to living in a Yogic state. We practice certain disciplines and develop different methods of working in these disciplines to erradicte both the imdepiments and their causes. We practice to re-cognise finer and finer states of awareness to arrive into a life of peace and purpose.
The Yogic path is a life that is creative and responsive. It is a life of change and opportunity. It is a way of living that is measured by the timeliness and quality of our actions, and our experience of accountability for these actions.
The path is a way of life that is intimate with the ever changing forces of nature. Nature or Prakriti (all that changes) is the servant of Purusa. In our intimacy we learn and start to experience that there is something that is unchanging and eternal (Purusa). Life it seems, is mostly experienced as a journey of uncertainty and insecurity. This situation creates the causes of our unhappiness. Our practice equips us to glimpse the exquisite peace, space, openness and bliss that is the resonant harmony of mind, body, breath, time and space: the eternal present. This then is how we come to live life – within the ever changing situations that trigger our unhappiness we re-member the resonant harmony and we surrender to its expression. We live in accord with it.
Yoga is the lay persons neuroscience - Yogis have known for centuries that there are layers of mental activity that can be harnessed and directed. When attention becomes concentration and concentration establishes a pause between the rise and fall of thoughts, we arrive into a state known as meditation. The interconnections between the layers of consciousness create the conditions for wisdom.. it arises in the pause, in the interruption of habitual thought.
“As soon as there is stopping, there is happiness. There is peace. When we stop like that, it looks as if nothing is happening, but in fact everything is happening. You are deeply established in the present moment, and you touch your cosmic body. You touch eternity. There is no more restlessness, no more seeking.” Thich Nhat Hanh
As we hone our skills of discernment and tap into deep forces that pertain to balance, stability, heaviness, lightness, we are actually meeting fear and desire. We feel the tap of ignorance on our shoulder. Our perception of experience and the experience itself are not the same things. We know this in the very cells of our being… it is no longer a construct of understanding. It is an experiential truth. We can confidently and calmly accept that our mental faculty (memory and emotions) are bias. That our mental view is a construction that functions to keep our ego intact.