Overcoming Dualities: an Assail on Our Well-being, through Asana

What are the dualities that affect our well-being? Let us take real life situation to understand this. We broadly find two categories of people in any work environment.

The first category Hyper-Active

The first category is of hyper-active people or go-getters and second of hypo-active people or laid-backs. In the first category, a person seems to be running the never-ending race against time and targets. His fast and speeding system is fighting to cope with the daily stress.

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The second category Hypo-Activity

In the second category of hypo-activity, there is no paucity of time and the mind is determined not to think anything productive or creative. There is inertia at the level of mind. Any activity given to such an individual becomes a source of tremendous stress.

Whether it is hyper-activity or hypo-activity, both phases represent imbalance. For a hyper-active person it is high ambition, accomplishments and desires which are causing burnouts, fatigue and stress. On the other extreme, inability to work and resistance to think is a cause of stress when one is asked to work manually or think creatively. In fact, both these phases of over and under are found in each mind in varying degrees.

This is only one aspect of dualities that affect our well-being. Other being heat and cold, pain and pleasure, hate and love, success and failure and so on. If we observe carefully, each pair of opposite comes with the effect stimulation and sedation. One part makes us to excite and another drags us into depression. There seems to be no balance. Therefore, all these phases of opposites accumulate stress in the body in their own manner. The Solution to overcome these opposites is hidden in the technique of Asana. That is why in Yogsutra, asana is described as a practice to overcome the conflicts (pair of opposites or Dvandvas)

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Wisdom of Stimulation and Relaxation

Any solution applied to one phase may not work for the other. Therefore, the technique of Asana comes with the wisdom of stimulation and relaxation. Every Yogasana is a combination of Stimulation and Relaxation. Each stimulation, through gentle stretch ends the lethargy and opens the constriction and then the release of stimulation brings relaxation. At the same time, relaxation with inner awareness helps in recognizing the stress and its effective release form the body. This combination of stimulation and relaxation is beautifully captured in the practice of Cyclic Meditation (CM) developed by VYASA, research foundation. It is the series of successive stimulations and relaxations that can solve the complex problem of mind ingrained with dualities.

In our Hatha Yoga TTC we teach cyclic meditation in order to help students assimilate the mechanism of Asana as mentioned in the Yogsutra. Overcoming the dvandvas or opposites through Yoga can greatly enhance one’s capabilities and overall well-being.

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