Q&A on ‘Difficulties in the Study of Yoga’ at the Satsang

The topic for the English Satsang on Sunday, 7th July, 2013 was ‘Difficulties in the Study of Yoga.’

Following is the transcript of the Q & A between the audience and Dr. Jayadeva Yogendra and Smt. Hansaji Yogendra.

Smt. Hansaji and Dr. Jayadeva Yogendra

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Q. Girl and boy both agree for love marriage but the girl’s parents are against the marriage. How should yoga apply in this stage of life?
Dr. J: I think the Yogis should become parents and then get their children married. Then problems will be less.
Smt. H: You see, parents are after all parents and they have a fear. They have their own tendencies, their own ideas. You can try and make them understand or make them understand that with or without their yes you would still get married. If they see your determination, maybe they would agree, otherwise still do it and after they see you are happy, they will be happy. They are not your enemies but maybe they have their own rigid ideas. I’ll give you my example, my parents didn’t want me to get married to Dr. Jayadeva, it was out of the question. But I was determined and I said ‘I am in any case getting married.’ And I left the house and came, got married. Then afterwards they saw that I had settled and didn’t want to come back, they were happy and once Patanjali was born, they were most happy. Then they were talking and joining us. We have to keep patience. Everybody can’t be happy around you all the time, so don’t keep that in mind.

Q. It seems everything is pre-destined. Any comments?
Dr. J: See we can’t read that destiny book. So for us it is always uncertain and strange.
Smt. H: Everything is pre-destined so don’t be sensitive about the result. Operate about your duties because you don’t know what your destiny is. So just do your work with the best of your capacity and leave the rest. If you understand this philosophy and leave the fruits to God, you will get the right things in the right time in the right manner. You don’t have to have any anxiety, any tension. Just remain happy, enjoy your work.

Q. What are the Asanas that help to reduce anxiety?
Dr. J: Sukhasana is one. You close the eyes and sit without thoughts. The longer you do, the lesser the anxiety.
Smt. H: Add to Sukhasana, Nispandabhava. Just listen to the sound in the atmosphere whenever you are travelling or you have time. But whenever there is anxiety, faith should be developed in higher reality.

Q. Can Surya Namaskar be done in the evenings?
Dr. J: We do not recommend Surya Namaskar at The Yoga Institute.
Smt. H: All the Asanas which are there, like Cakarasana – bending back, bending forward, Utkatasana – sitting down (squatting), and Bhujangasana; these three things you could do separately, systematically. When we combine the things, nothing is done so systematically and if at all you combine, you just do twice or thrice and don’t do so many times. That too much of repetition is not yoga at all. Rather with proper breathing rhythm, doing one thing is fine. You can do Asanas before breakfast, lunch, snacks or dinner.
Satsang is an open meeting held every Sunday from 9:30 to 10:30 am at The Yoga Institute, Santacruz East, Mumbai. It involves an interesting presentation to the public, made by the students of the Teacher Training Course. Each week, a new presentation of a Yogic concept is made in a simple way through skits and decoration for the general public, followed by a short speech from our Gurus, Dr. Jayadeva and Smt. Hansaji Yogendra.

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