Comments for Yoga Basics http://www.yogabasics.com Online Yoga Resource and News Fri, 20 Mar 2015 18:47:17 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.1 Comment on Is Yoga Manly Enough for Men? by Rancz Ferenc http://www.yogabasics.com/connect/is-yoga-manly-enough-for-men/#comment-4936 Fri, 20 Mar 2015 18:47:17 +0000 http://localhost/wordpress5/?p=1141#comment-4936 Y like yoga.

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Comment on Is Tara Stiles’ Yoga Inauthentic? by Jen http://www.yogabasics.com/connect/is-tara-stiles-yoga-inauthentic/#comment-4932 Wed, 18 Mar 2015 10:56:00 +0000 http://localhost/wordpress5/?p=1094#comment-4932 Is she good at yogo? Yes? Is she good at teaching yoga, yes?? Then it’s settled. Why do you guys worry so much about the little things? It must be a very stressful life.

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Comment on Getting High Before Yoga Class by Jen http://www.yogabasics.com/connect/getting-high-before-yoga-class/#comment-4931 Wed, 18 Mar 2015 10:47:53 +0000 http://localhost/wordpress5/?p=1150#comment-4931 Are you serious? I detest iwhen people use Christianity to give excuses why weed is not ok. God made weed, so I’m gonna smoke it. It’s better than tydonal, aspirin, and far better than any other real medication which provides side effects. Gets rid of headaches and nausea. It’s gebtle and any silliness people have is more of the individuals nature than the influence of the smoke. Stoners don’t act like that unless they are just in the mood anyway! Ignorant people knocking it before they try it.

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Comment on The Five Yamas of Yoga by Michael http://www.yogabasics.com/learn/the-five-yamas-of-yoga/#comment-4923 Thu, 12 Mar 2015 17:56:40 +0000 http://localhost/wordpress5/?p=368#comment-4923 I can relate to this, as well. Like you, I used to practice yoga and felt much more balanced, but then quit years ago and have felt unhappy and unfulfilled. I am ready to begin yoga, because it was such a more satisfying path than this aggravating and miserable path I am currently on.

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Comment on Getting High Before Yoga Class by Timothy Burgin http://www.yogabasics.com/connect/getting-high-before-yoga-class/#comment-4922 Thu, 12 Mar 2015 14:08:38 +0000 http://localhost/wordpress5/?p=1150#comment-4922 Thank you for such a thorough and reasoned response Adam. I think you hit the nail on the head with your comment ” If I were to engage in marijuana on a regular basis with yoga, my practice would never deepen.”

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Comment on Surrendering to Grief and Loss through Yoga by Unknown http://www.yogabasics.com/connect/yoga-blog/surrendering-to-grief-and-loss-through-yoga/#comment-4869 Tue, 03 Mar 2015 19:35:32 +0000 http://www.yogabasics.com/?p=4887#comment-4869 These things take time. One also has to dedicate to want to heal.

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Comment on Getting High Before Yoga Class by CD http://www.yogabasics.com/connect/getting-high-before-yoga-class/#comment-4868 Tue, 03 Mar 2015 17:08:53 +0000 http://localhost/wordpress5/?p=1150#comment-4868 Cigarettes are adulterated tobacco. What is it… 5 million?… chemicals are added.

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Comment on Getting High Before Yoga Class by Adam http://www.yogabasics.com/connect/getting-high-before-yoga-class/#comment-4865 Thu, 26 Feb 2015 17:23:46 +0000 http://localhost/wordpress5/?p=1150#comment-4865 Of course my ideas and conceptions of yoga are currently and will always be developing. I practice Ashtanga yoga, which necessitates daily practice. Well having not been given any full description of the reasons for daily practice, I believe it can be reasoned with the concepts of muscle memory, and neuroplasticity.

Muscle memory is our body’s ability to become aware of it. Our bodies adapt to the demands of a recurring situation. I am a drummer, and this concept it dear to me in that sense. Practice, practice, practice, especially the monotonous drills, every day! I carry the same attitude with yoga.

Neuroplasticity refers to changes in neural pathways and synapses due to changes in behavior, environment, neural processes, thinking, emotions, as well as changes resulting from bodily injury. [Wikipedia :S] So it is implied that generating muscle memory uses the process of neuroplasticity.

Asana inevitably changes our bodies and minds, after years our practice is ingrained into our brains. We become a part of the practice. It is within us. Just the way a drummer is a part of their drum set, and the playing just an expression o what is within. [Do not touch a drummer’s kit without their approval. or any musician’s instrument for that matter!]

I like smoking pot. I smoked way too much pot as a teenager, got sick of it, but eventually rekindled my fondest of the herb. I have strove to understand what it is that pot does when I smoke it. My current understanding is that THC is a synapse inhibitor. THC effectively locates and blocks specific synapses from firing; the information is then forced to find a new path. Say a regular path is A->B. When we’re stoned this is block, so the information, say, on how to make a cup of tea, is re-routed. This time; A->G->C->B, so when we finally get to how to make tea, there is additional information accumulated with that process. This is experienced as ideas. What is tea? Why am I drinking it? Or emotions that we have about tea, that might not normally be present. Of course there is tons more information, maybe it never ends, but that is my rudimentary understanding of it.

So what are the pros and cons of this? Well, I enjoy smoking pot now a day with this process in mind. I use pot for this reason. Every couple months, I buy a bag of grass, and smoke a lot by myself, in a comfortable setting, like the woods, or the beach, and let my mind wander on all the ideas and emotions I have accumulated in recent weeks. I always find that things I have thought about on a regular basis, or things that I have done, like asana’s are suddenly perceived in a different way, that results in flashes of insight, and mini epiphanies.

The dangers of this are that smoking it too much results in a repeated scrambling of ones neuropath ways. Over an extended period, it will be difficult to form new solid pathways, and inhibit learning and memory. Think of a trench formed from water through sand. The trench is memory. Smoking pot redirects the water, and new shallower trenches are formed, which are different manifestations of the same memory. Too much though, and a deep trench will never form, only many shallow ones, that are not a capable of lasting the long term.

So, at this point, I need only put together my concept of practice, with my concept of being stoned. If I were to engage in marijuana on a regular basis with yoga, my practice would never deepen. It might make me feel relaxed, and comfortable, but that is not necessarily why I practice, certainly not Ashtanga, which is demanding and frequently arduous. The inhibition of neuropathways would make it difficult for my brain to develop muscle memory, and gain a focus to be used day in day out. And since the whole point of my practice of asana right now, is to develop this muscle memory, to form an awareness and deep bond with mind, body and breath, smoking pot would be a retardant to this process. Asana is to convert the body into a store of meditative power, by strengthening its bond with the mind, not to relax and feel good about one’s self, although those are obvious benefits.

So while I enjoy marijuana for its ability to force one to engage in a familiar idea, or process in a foreign way, causing one to perceive things differently than they’re used to, or experience insights on processes they are familiar with, it is not a tool for yoga.

Sure, yoga may be experienced with drugs, I can attest to that. I have smoked a lot of pot, and eaten my share of shroomies. They can be used to induce deep meditative experiences. Hours go by while one may be completely absorbed in a single idea. It will seem like only a few moments, and the person will never look at that thing the same again. But, these drugs are NOT a part of the eight limbs. I do not advocate their reliance in yoga practice, and would argue they are ultimately a detriment to yoga’s proven method of arriving at Samadhi.

Thanks for reading my long winded response 

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