Free Flow Yoga
A Self-Taught Practice:
By allowing our inner wisdom to be our guide.
At Diviners, we have a practice of yoga that is unique, which you can do without training from an external source. You don’t need to be experienced in any formal yoga practice. You are, however, welcome to bring any yoga practice with you into this one. Yet, in our approach, we have an entirely different focus.
In Free flow Yoga, we focus on a deep observation of our body vibrations and breath, in any position we are in. We start by allowing ourselves into the flow of any bodily position (or Asana, which is a stretch or body posture). Once we start allowing our body to do any stretch or position naturally, we give way to the inner guidance of our body intelligence. We feel the freedom to change the body into any new position, or Asanas, to match this inner guide. Then, another new position; then another. Once we are aligned with the body vibration and our breath naturally, our intuition becomes activated, and we tune into the inspiration to do even more positions. In this way, our observational power becomes uplifted, which sharpens our consciousness (all four of them as described in about Diviners).
Steps to start the Practice:
Step 1: Sit or stand in any body position. Close your eyes. In general, don’t open your eyes until the end of the practice. Or, use a soft downward gaze. Relax your body, and keep observing the vibrations and sensations inside your feet. You will begin to notice the sensations traveling from foot to head inside of your body. Keep observing and notice the subtlest of vibrations and sensations in every part of your body, along with your breath, until you reach the head.
Step 2: Once you feel there is a good alignment within your body and breath, start to deeply inhale and exhale. While you are exhaling, without any judgment or thinking, begin to take on any new position of the body you can, for example, an Asana (or not). While you are taking on new body positions, in Free Flow Yoga, there is no right or wrong. Your arms or legs can be in any position that is possible. Only your observation is key here. If you have a good observation of your body and breath, nothing can go wrong. Your intuition will give you ideas to change your positions automatically. With focused awareness, you simply begin to move.
Step 3: Continue to allow the flow of positions and observe every movement of your body and breath. While you are in free flow, and your body is moving from one position to another, your old mind might start its pattern of judging. It might say “oh, this is not a good posture!” or “I don’t know how to do this,” or, “I’m feeling tired!” Your mind might create problems and laziness. Try your best not to fall for the games of the mind. Simply come back to the present movement, and observe your body from one position to the next.
Step 4: Keep changing your body into new and newer positions, posture after posture, allowing the body to do a position or posture that you have never done before. Be keenly aware of every movement of the body and breath. As you continue this practice, it will help you to experience a deep alignment of your body and mind.
Step 5: When this comes to completion, sit in meditation for a minimum of 20 minutes. This allows your body and mind to “integrate” all the new experiences you have learned and allows your inner stillness and wisdom to sharpen your consciousness.
After Oneness Yoga, you may feel very refreshed, and find new confidence in yourself to do this Yoga without any dependency on an instructor or external source. You may begin to feel a sense of self-exploration and empowerment.
Note: The whole universe exists with infinite wisdom. Our own body is full of wisdom. Simply notice, in Nature many creatures and beings do many different things without any kind of training from an external source. For example, a bird can make a nest by herself without being trained by someone else. A spider can make her web by herself. Imagine this small being can do such an amazing thing without any training. How many things can a human do by himself, without getting training from someone else? This is the inspiration behind Oneness Yoga. Be a master to yourself.
What is YOGA?
What is YOGA?
Yoga is an ancient practice that is over 3000 years old. The Yoga Sutras were written by the great saint Patanjali, around 100-300 CE. The word “Yoga” comes from the ancient Indian language Sanskrit, and means “union;” that is, the union between body and mind, the intellect and the soul (our Source). Ultimately, Yoga means becoming one with everything and is the greatest spiritual practice and education. It is a Self-Realization education.
For our purposes at Diviners, Yoga means understanding the body and mind on the physical level and also beyond the physical level. We go into our body and mind to observe and understand it deeply, to expand our consciousness more and more. This is Yoga.
Our body is a highly intelligent system. This intelligence is not part of our imagination.
If we want to understand the Divine or want to understand the secrets of the Universe, our body and breath are the tools that we may know them.
In our bodies, all our inner mechanisms automatically function and work without any of our directed influence. Whether it is our brain function, heart function, or digestive system, etc., everything functions without our influence of thought. The whole system functions “out of our mind” or imagination, we don’t need to think about it to happen. And, thankfully without our direct human involvement, it works continuously.
We must understand our bodies on two levels.
- Physical Level
- Beyond the Physical Level.
- Physical Level: On the Physical level we study our anatomy. We study the brain, lungs, digestive system, our bones, skin, and blood cells, etc.
- Beyond the Physical Level: On this level, we notice our minds. We come to this step by step, and become more sensitive in a minute or subtle way, to realize the teachings that give us wisdom Beyond the Physical level.
All our physical level functions are controlled from beyond the physical level. In Beyond the Physical level, we come to know our spiritual bodies, which can’t be sensed from the Physical Level. We come to know the seven chakras in our spiritual energy system, and we come to realize many subtle secrets of Life (Sukshma).
We must be careful not to limit Yoga as simply a course to take or a training process. Yoga is the greatest learning process of your entire life. There is no time-limit for Yoga.
On the physical level of anatomy, we can take time to learn. For example, we can take one to four years (more or less) to focus on it, and within this time frame, we can complete our study of it. However, on Beyond the Physical level, our learning is not related to time. There is no time limit for non-physical things.
We can only realize non-physical aspects of our being when our meditation happens every moment in our Life. Then, meditation no longer becomes a “practice” or thing we do sitting with our eyes closed. It is every moment. Only through the meditative state, we will know about Beyond the Physical levels.
How can we do this? Time Is Practice. When we give our time to a meditation practice, only then we will receive the wisdom from Beyond the Physical level. In Life, if there is no spirituality (that is if there is no meditation), then your life may never be fulfilled fully, and there is little ability to live it as spiritually complete.
TIME IS PRACTICE
The Practice of Yoga:
One of the main parts of traditional Yoga are the Asanas. There are more than 80,000 asanas that we can do with our physical body.
Asana means the posture that we take with our body.
The universe exists through form, and takes on every kind of posture (bangima). For example, we can see in Nature that there are many different kinds of trees, mountains, birds, and animals. Through form they take on every kind of posture imaginable. Most of the Asana’s were created through keen observation of Nature and the form it expresses through plants, mountains, animals and birds. That is why so many of asana’s names reflect these forms of Nature.
The Yogis consistently observed Nature, and over time found the secret of their ability through Nature’s form. This revealed the ability of the animals. The Yogis realized that if we take on a symbolic or similar posture, then we can also get these kinds of capabilities. They started experimenting and created different Asanas after being inspired by the different forms of Nature.
In this way, the Yogis discovered many subtle secrets of Life. Because of their efforts, we are now able to study the great Yoga Vidya (the study and science of Yoga).
The Basic Elements of Yoga:
During Yoga Practice, there are two main things to focus on.
- Asana (the body)
- Pranamaya (the breath)
In a spiritual practice, our Breath is very important. When we take on an Asana posture in Yoga, our breath pattern naturally changes. The two are interconnected. Our breath is related to the Nadi’s, which are like “channels” in the yogic body through which energy flows (the Chakras are intense points within the Nadi system). In the Nadi’s, when there is an expansion or contraction, there is a change in our breath.
When we take on the Asanas in Yoga practice, we should observe our body sensations and vibrations, and also our breathing patterns. Then we can enter into the Beyond the Physical level, and the wisdom of these observations will enter into our consciousness.
Due to the masters of yoga researching these observations very closely, and directly experiencing the benefits from them, many styles of yoga have resulted. Their names were attributed to their yoga style. For example, we now have Hatha Yoga, Vinyasa Yoga, Ashtanga Yoga, Hot Yoga, Dynamic Yoga, etc.