The topic for the English Satsang on Sunday, 6th April, 2014 was 'Stability Through Asanas.'
Following is the transcript of the speech made by Dr. Jayadeva Yogendra on the topic.
Dr. Jayadeva Yogendra
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“Asanas, we do. But then, the attitude which is being taught today is very important. The entire personality has to go with the exercise. When you say you are relaxed, it’s not showing your hands or your legs, but your entire body - the neck, the head and the various parts. If we can achieve that, then we have done a good Shavasana and you get results. But we hardly do it that way. We merely see a picture and just physically want to imitate for a few minutes and then get up and don’t see any good. So we are learning this attitude idea, which is very important. It has been done well (in the Satsang) and I hope it will carry some good message.”
Asana is not just the external form - the hands and legs arranged and the spine bent or the abdomen compressed. In performance of the Asana there is a lot of spirit also that is included. For example there are questions like, where is one's attention? What is the resulting state of mind? Does one feel relaxation in the muscles of the body? Is there any expansion of consciousness that occurs?