RIGHT CONDITIONS FOR HATA YOGA
1) Empty stomach conditions
While practicing yogasanas, you should not only be on an empty stomach, your bowels should be empty. Anything that is not the body should be out of the body if you want to move your energies upward.
2) Closed eyes
For a human being, the visual apparatus are the most dominant. When you close your eyes, the world disappears – unless you have your own false world in your head! The eyes will naturally close for any internalization because the visual apparatus engage us with the outward.
3) Cold water
Before beginning your practice, it is always best to be immersed in or to allow a certain volume of water which is about five to eight degree centigrade lower than room temperature to flow over you. If this happens, the pores between the skin cells open up, and that’s important for practicing yoga because we want the cellular structure of the body to be charged with a different dimension of energy.
The Yoga Sutra says – sukham sthiram asanam. The goal is to achieve a state where your asana is comfortable and stable; if you remain like this for any number of hours it stays the same way without causing any disturbance internally. This is when your perception becomes bigger and bigger.
The point is not about doing yoga every day or twice a week, the intention is to knead the body in such a way that we can re-mold it. So, how much time do you have, to do the necessary work upon yourself – that much time you must do it.
There should never be a mirror or music when you practice Hata Yoga. The culture of using mirrors has come from body-building and gymnasiums because they want to admire their bodies. In yoga, that should not be the attitude at all. If you look at many yogis, their physical structure is not like that of an athlete – they are quite ordinary. Many of them are even pot-bellied because they never look at a mirror.
If you speak, so many things change dramatically, not just physiologically but in the energy parameters also. So, not talking during the asana is not just a norm, it is a rule. You must never, ever speak in postures because your focus, breath and what happens to your energy system are most important; otherwise you will disturb the system.
7) Drinking water during yoga
When you practice yoga, you are systematically raising the ushna in the body. If you drink cold water, the ushna will rapidly fall, and this will cause various other reactions. You will become more susceptible to allergic conditions, excess mucus and such things. If you are doing intense asanas and you suddenly drink cold water, you may catch a cold immediately. So never drink water when you are doing asanas. And never go to the bathroom during practice time because you should work out the water in the form of sweat.
Empty Stomach Conditions for Practicing Hatha Yoga
Allow a gap between your practices and the following
Main meal - 4 hours
Snack - 2.5 hours
Alcohol - 8 hours
Cigarette - 1.5 hours
Coffee/Tea/Juice - 1.5 hours
BEST TIME TO PRACTICE YOUR SADHANA (Spiritual practice)
Certain time of day is more supportive to do your sadhana (spiritual practice)
4 Sandhya Kalas
A times of transition, a good opportunity for balancing your body and energies, every day 20 minutes before and after sunrise, noon, sundown and midnight (better to avoid midnight Sandhya)
Every day between 3:40 to 3:50 am is the best time for you to start practices if you want to transcend your physical nature or know dimensions that we refer to as spiritual
When it comes to the transmission and teaching of yoga,
Sadhguru has laid down a cardinal rule:
“Without a committed atmosphere, there should be no transmission of yoga.”
THE AMBIANCE OF GRACE
If anything has to happen, the right kind of atmosphere is very crucial.
If this plant has to flower, the soil should be right. The seed may be great, but if the soil, the temperature, the air, the water … If it’s not right, this great seed is not going to get anywhere. Creating an appropriate atmosphere for anything to happen is most important.
Life happens because of ambiance. It is the ambiance of your mother’s womb which made you who you are right now. It is ambiance of the family and social situations which slowly shaped you the way you are. This is something that people have not taken enough care about.
When you were born as a helpless little baby or an infant, the lap of your mother, the comfort, the security, the nourishment of your mother’s lap was crucial.
Can I not grow up without it? You can, but it would be a struggle. It would be difficult. It is possible that you could be physiologically or psychologically impaired in the process of your growth simply because you did not have that lap. Can I not grow up in a crib? You can, but it wouldn’t be the same. It would mean a lot of struggle.
Even for your physiological and psychological growth, what kind of ambiance of your mother, the maternal lap becomes very important.
For one’s spiritual growth, for one to flower spiritually, the lap of grace is most important. Can I not grow without it? You can. It would be improper to say you cannot. You can, but it would be a lot of struggle.
HOW TO CREATE A CONDUCTIVE ATMOSPHERE FOR YOGA
It is best if you have a separate room for your yoga practices, such place should be always kept clean with good airflow, this room shouldn't be used for work, sleep or entertainment
If you don't have the luxury of a spare room, find at least a small space somewhere in your place where nobody disturbs you (away from TV, kitchen, pets etc.)
lighting an oil lamp or candle: fire is the closest element to space, ghee or sesame oil lamp would be the best, organic candles is another option, avoid lamps and candles with lots of black smoke
Organic incense of your choice will support the atmosphere too
No music unless it is for a specific purpose
Wear clothes with minimum amount of tension against your body, no synthetic materials