Yoga Meditation Insight
Have you heard of the Mandelbrot Metaphor?
It is a formula named after mathematician Benoiti Mandelbrot. It’s geometrical representation is called a fractal, a complex pattern that looks the same, or almost the same – distant or close you view of it. As you zoom deeper and deeper into the fractal, the same or similar patterns are repeated over and over again.
Similarly, the same patterns are repeated on all levels of yogic technique as you zoom deeper and deeper into it.
So Asana, is only effective if exercised in combination Yogic breathing, drishti, bandha, dharana, etc. We find the same pattern repeated once we zoom deeper into pranayama. It is to be done within asana, while applying bandha, drishti, mantra, mudra and so on. Once our zoom has reached the next deeper layer, called pratyahara the same pattern holds true. Pratyahara is achieved by applying all yogic components together. It is performed in asana, during pranayama, by applying bandha, mudra, mantra, visualization … When zooming deeply into pratyahara, the sixth limb of yoga, dharana is revealed. Dharana, too, is a set of techniques that takes place with #asana, #pranayamaand #pratyahara, and includes mantra, concentrating on #chakras, #bandha, #mudra, #drishti, etc. The final two limbs of yoga – #dhyana (meditation) and #Samadhi – are, again, not separate practices but deeper zooms into the existing framework of yogic technique, which reveals the same patterns and details over and over again.
While #meditation methods such as Buddhist, Vedantic and Vipassana meditation are wonderful practices, if you want to harvest the fruit of your asana and pranayama practice you need to combine them with #YogicMeditation – repeating the structural elements and architecture of your posture and breathing techniques. You use the skills you acquired in your asana practice to progress quickly in meditation.
Much Love ~ Lisa Pumper