Practising Yoga? Why ‘energy work’ is the fastest way to ‘wake up’!
Yoga has been exploding in the West for at least the past 30 years — and now there are yoga teachers practically everywhere. This has its advantages – you can find access to yoga everywhere, even online – but also its disadvantages, the main one being that people can only teach what they truly know.
Teachers can only teach what their level of consciousness will allow them to see, feel and understand.
Here’s the thing: Yoga is not just taught orally, it is transmitted vibrationally.
The average person would be forgiven for thinking that yoga is about ‘being flexible’ or doing physical postures called ‘asanas’ as that is the predominant focus of far too many yoga teachers today. Even experienced teachers are shying away from the deeper, esoteric meaning of yoga.
Perhaps it’s too complex… or perhaps people aren’t so interested…
The essence of yoga, however, remains ‘self realisation’.
Beyond the mind’s label of ‘self-realisation’ or ‘enlightenment’, what does it actually mean to live a God realised life? In our hectic day to day lives, we hardly take a moment to pause and reflect.
Some people go to yoga to strengthen their ego – “look at me”, “look at the fancy poses I can do”… etc. The infantile mind continues to play its tricks while it remains untrained and hypnotised by its own conditioning.
This is strengthening the ego – because the ego loves separation.
Remember, the ego likes to be “better” or to feel “worse” than someone else – there is a “constant comparison” with everyone and everything around it!
Even if you practice without comparison, you might still end up “judging yourself” for not being “good enough”. Another ego trap.
Yoga is a moving meditation, a dance… in honour of the God self within. It is about being the witness to your own thoughts, and guiding them to higher consciousness – in each moment.
Yoga’s real purpose is not just to become physically fit or mentally relaxed but also to deepen our own innate sense of spirituality, enabling us to increase our awareness and expand our consciousness to embrace life as a living landscape of Oneness. That is, knowing there is ONE life expressing through myriad forms.
Where does your energy begin and end? Where do I begin, and end? You can only tell me if you look at the external form – the outer, grosser expression of the Spirit.
Seek to remember this: we are spiritual beings have a physical experience, not physical beings having spiritual experiences.
Most people are dumbing down yoga as only a physical fitness practice – learning ‘asanas’.
There is nothing wrong with learning yoga postures – but always ask yourself ‘why’ you are doing something.
Why, why, why….
When you bow, for example, who are you bowing to?
The true purpose of devoting oneself to yoga, and to doing asanas, is to:
- Free constricted energy in the body’s tissues, organs and glands (detoxification of physical AND mental poisons)
- Realign energy flow so that the spiritual current can awaken the energy centers
- Be conscious of breath/life flow (prana)
- Wake up and realise ‘oneness’ with everything and everyone — not from a mind identified state that simply labels, but a real experience and inner knowing
- Direct the prana/energy of the ONE Spirit to ‘create’ a new world
I find it amusing and sad that people – including many teachers! – are now using yoga to continue and even strengthen their bad habits! I’ve even heard modern yogis go to yoga saying ‘detox to retox’. And then someone came up with the ridiculous idea of ‘beer yoga’… drinking alcohol lowers consciousness, it doesn’t raise it. Period.
The childish mind is still looking for indulgence pleasures because there is not enough conscious presence in the aspiring yogi.
Yoga is a devotional practice to the Self – within you!
Going inwards leads to an awakening that embraces all. You realise that you are ‘without borders’ in effect. You regain that playful sense of Self.
The fastest way to realise Self is through ‘energy’ which is why I recommend doing something ‘energy based’ alongside yoga — for example, Reiki remains a popular form of ‘self healing’ but it is a way of contacting the Divine within – and without. I also encourage energy healing because it bypasses the mind and goes straight to the Spirit.
Yoga practice should remain fun and light, above all. Never take it too seriously.