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David Garrigues Yoga
The aim of the practice of pranayama can be likened to alchemy, transforming lead into gold, flesh into spirit.
The transformation happens by your continual participation in the recurring, dance between contrary forces. You engage in an ever renewing expressive movement between the lower and higher registers of your psyche as does a singer using her voice strategically and creatively to express both the ascending and descending range of melodic patterning.
You set up the practice conditions to enter into an experiential spiraling fluctuation between the two opposing poles or qualities within you.
At one end are found: soul, lowliness, earth, silence, stillness, water, hidden, protective, soft, timid, content, satiation, fullness, roundness, wounded, guarded, sensual, fearful, depressed, blue, moon, stable, soothing, cooling, negative, rooted, destructive, degenerative, and tamasic.
At the other end are found: spirit, ascending, reaching for what is highest, confidence, boldness, adventure, openness, optimism, language, noise, song, vision, refinement, outward, airy, ascetic, sparse, fiery, mountainous, dry, hunger, thirst, speed, empty, enthusiastic, will, creative, positive, generative, sun, and sattvic.
Fluctuating between these two pranic poles the yogi alternatively dives and climbs within himself, he observes his prana, his life force in all its changing forms, he mines his subterranean depths and soars above the earth, and becomes intimate with the energy behind everything that takes place within him.
He harnesses the opposing forces within himself, learns to to create dynamism by playing one force against its opposite and creating a varied dance that transforms the energy from its most gross forms into the forms of its most complete, purity. Those transformations of energy are an alchemical recipe, a sealing of ‘the inner psychic vessel’, a creation of interior space that is conducive to rendering the separate egocentric consciousness into the universal consciousness.
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