Be Your Own Guru with Nature as Your Teacher
In the continuous process of natural studies and practicing yoga, The Animal Kingdom of Yoga believes that animals were the first to do yoga. It is with this understanding that Yogi Alara’s journey is to combine the effects of these advanced techniques through our relationship with nature without the connection of association regarding religion or judgments upon enhancing the naturalist human animal to the highest potential with love and peace.
The Animal Kingdom of Yoga
Yoga is a mind and body practice whose origin and history dates back to ancient Indian society. It involves the application of physical, mental, and spiritual practices that incorporate styles like physical posture, meditation, relaxation, and breathing techniques. Yoga is a practice used to attain inner peace through exercises that involve the physical, mental, and spiritual aspects. Yoga has gained popularity in the civilized world from ancient India where people use it as a popular form of physical exercise that incorporates different physical poses (asanas) to have inner peace and control the body and mind. The practice of meditation and relaxation through physical postures has gained popularity, but documentations show that the practice was emulated from observing animals in their natural environment. Historical accounts show that people are not the first ones to practice yoga and this is evident from the poses which are an imitation of different animals.
Yoga involves physical poses that are named after animals to depict the animal’s characteristics and capabilities. According to Aarts, Olav. “The Animals In Yoga Asana,” the animals provide the basis of asana where their postures and physical attributes help to learn various things from the animals’ qualities. The animals were the first to practice yoga because the people of ancient India adopted the yoga poses from the animals hence the naming of different asanas after the animals. The Indian community believed in the divinity of the cow and observing the cow led to them coming up with the cow face pose or the Gomukhasana, which is a seated hip opener to connect the spine’s base and top and retain our energy (Olav). The pose Kurmasana, for instance, resembles the back of the tortoise which is used to learn about opening the backside of our bodies while closing on the sensed, and this is a pose used to show that the human mind can be put in isolation to prepare for meditation. The lion pose, Simhasana, is an emulation of the fierceness of the lion’s face which protects it from attacks and sends fear to the enemies. This asana involves creating a fierce look with the mouth open to imitate the fierceness of the gods and goddesses to chase away demons and protect ourselves from misfortunes and illnesses.
The asanas are generally named after animals such as scorpion, Firefly, tortoise, crocodile, fish, frog, pigeon, horse, monkey, camel, among others. The inspiration for yoga asanas came from observing animals in their natural state, and this shows that the animals were the first to do yoga. The different animals used in coming up with physical postures have different attributes which are relatable to the human mind, body, and spirit. Yoga originated from India where the people looked at the animals and developed postures that mimic the animals in a bid to get inner peace and control of the human body and mind. According to Dittmore, Sarah. “What Animals Can Teach You About Yoga,” Lord Dattatreya, a revered Hindu monk and a Master of Yoga outlined that human beings can attain peace, control, and interact with nature harmoniously by emulating the animals in the natural environment by keeping an open mind and valuing the natural surroundings. Humans can mimic the unique characteristics and features possessed by animals in attracting power and control over the natural environment. The animals form the basis for yoga practices and, therefore, animals are the first to do yoga which helped them to coexist and have control over the environment, and this is what was emulated by the ancient Indian Master of Yoga.
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