Zubin: Ten Talks About #Yoga (10)

10. Goal is not the exclusive fitness of the body or mind but a unified condition. ‘Holics’ of any shape or size are deranged personalities. Workaholics were seen as extremely productive but it came at a high cost of their physical and mental breakdown. Hence ultimate fitness is never about exclusively building up your bodyContinue reading “Zubin: Ten Talks About #Yoga (10)”

Zubin: Ten Talks About #Yoga (9)

9. Trainers Vs real Teachers. Coaches and body trainers have become ubiquitous. The problem is their very little and shallow knowledge of our embodiment. Take for example a trainer preparing someone for the marathon. Making a person orient to an act is one thing, and making that person orient to the whole range of lifeContinue reading “Zubin: Ten Talks About #Yoga (9)”

Zubin: Ten Talks About #Yoga (8)

8. A long-term investment not a short-term plan.  Imagine if you were to give a young, strapping lad a walking stick as a birthday gift. It would be deemed worthless and impractical of course. So when we are talking about long-term, we don’t mean so far out as to be deemed worthless. We are talkingContinue reading “Zubin: Ten Talks About #Yoga (8)”

Zubin: Ten Talks About #Yoga (7)

7. Linear Vs Concomitant forces. Yoga philosophy includes the eight steps enumerated by Patanjali in his Yoga Sutras. It is assumed that they are linear, that they are to be climbed like steps; and in this scheme, asana precedes pratyahara, that is the withdrawal of the senses. But life is never a linear process. One livesContinue reading “Zubin: Ten Talks About #Yoga (7)”

Zubin: Ten Talks About #Yoga (6)

6. Memory building and not muscle building more important. In the first chapter of his foundational yoga philosophy book, sage Patanjali enumerates the qualities to be developed: shraddha, virya, smriti, samadhi, pragnya, that is faith, courage, memory, absorption and keen awareness. Our gymnasiums are replete with the one-dimensional perspective of building muscles but it is moreContinue reading “Zubin: Ten Talks About #Yoga (6)”

Zubin: Ten Talks About #Yoga (5)

5. Merely Doing in the body parts Vs learning its Usages.  When a person cycles, or swims, one is using different parts of the body to propel oneself forward. In due course of time, one will develop certain muscles and strengths. Now compare this to the education imbibed in the asanas. In standing asanas, oneContinue reading “Zubin: Ten Talks About #Yoga (5)”