IS YOGA PHYSICAL, SPIRITUAL OR RELIGIOUS? RECOUNTED BY EDDIE STERN

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Eddie Stern was in Milan this week-end and I couldn’t miss the chance to practice with him and to attend one of his lectures yesterday afternoon. The subject was Samkhya philosophy and what is yoga. Here a short story he related to answer the question ‘Is yoga physical, spiritual or religious?':

Once, somebody asked Krishnamacharya: what are yogasanas for?

Krishnamacharya answered:

For those who have faith, asanas are done to realize the link between the individual self and the cosmic Self. Here comes into play the word yoga as union.

For those who do not believe in God, but believe in the individual self, then yoga is the union between that individual self and the mind.

Finally, for those who do not accept the individual self, yogasanas aid the union between self (body) and prana (vital force).

Hence, what is yoga? Yoga is religion, spirituality or physicality based on our own perspective on the Universe!

As clear as that…

 

E’ LO YOGA FISICO, SPIRITUALE O RELIGIOSO? RACCONTATO DA EDDIE STERN

 

Eddie Stern è a Milano questo fine settimana e ne ho approfittato per praticare con lui così come partecipare ad una delle sue ‘conferenze‘ ieri pomeriggio. L’argomento era la filosofia Samkhya e cos’è lo yoga. Di seguito una breve storia che Eddie ha raccontato per rispondere alla domanda ‘Lo yoga è fisico, spirituale o religioso?':

Una volta qualcuno chiese a Krishnamacharya: a cosa servono le posture nello yoga?

Krishnamacharya rispose:

Per coloro che hanno fede, le posture vengono fatte per realizzare il link tra il sè individuale ed il Sè cosmico. Qui viene in gioco il termine yoga nel suo significato di ‘unione’.

Per coloro che non credono in Dio ma credono in un sè individuale, allora lo yoga è l’unione tra quel sè individuale e la mente.

Infine, per coloro che non accettano l’esistenza di un sè individuale, le posture aiutano l’unione tra il sè (corpo) e il prana (la forza vitale).

Quindi, cos’è lo yoga? Lo yoga è religione, spiritualità o pura fisicità a secondo della nostra visione dell’Universo.

Semplice…

 

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