Alan Steinfeld of http://www.NewRealities.com talks to yoga master, Basile Catoméris, author of the book Foundations of Yoga, recently published by Inner Traditions. http://www.goswamiyogainstitute.com
I asked the Western yogi to briefly give his version of what Yoga is beside a well-known source of well-being and relaxation widely propagated in the USA.
Basile replied: “Well, Yoga can be described as consisting of one word, two sounds, four doctrines, eight schools, thousands of books, and millions of practitioners who include both kings and mainstream people all over the world.”
He added, “One may even ask if Yoga is a religion, a philosophy, an ideology, a new science, or just another futile lifestyle of Indian origin, that embraces today the whole world irrespective of gender, race, creed, ideology or profession!
Can anyone rationally explain a unique, non-institutionalized culture, a paradox which alike spirituality is both immanent and transcending, and so perennial and resistant that it’s succeeded to withstand the vicissitudes of time with thousands of natural disasters and so many social metamorphosis during at least 5,000 years?”
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This exercise is excellent for the lower back and spine. There are several hand positions that can be used for this pose. The one that is best for stimulating Kundalini at the base of the spine is the third variation I have demonstrated in this video.
In that variation the fingers are interlaced and arms are behind you, with the hands pulled away from the lower back. Then one twists which in this position.
In addition to helping with Kundalini Awakening, this exercise is also very good for warming up prior to doing any difficult sets and poses.
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