Global AMAYE online conference
26th-27th February 2022
Presenters and topics addressed:
- Ac. Pashupati: “Cakras from a Medical Perspective”
- Ac. Kamaleshvar: “Shukra, Its Essential Role in Biopsychology & Yoga Lifestyle”
- Rudramohan: “Focus on Vayus”
- Shravan: “Situating P. R. Sarkar’s Biopsychology”
- Ac. Ananda Devapriya Avtka: “Yoga Education”
Presentations from 26th Feb.
Below you will find the recorded presentations given as part of the Global AMAYE Online Conference on 26th February 2022. If you have any questions for the speakers, please email them to us by the 8th of March and the answers will be posted here on the 12th of March.
Acarya Pashupati gives a thorough description of the physical aspects of cakras as “junction boxes”. If you registered for the conference you can use the password that was sent to you to watch the presentation on Vimeo. If you have any questions for Ac. Pashupati, these should be emailed to us by the 8th of March, and the answers will be posted here on the 12th of March.
What exactly is shukra, and why is it so important? If you registered for the conference you can use the password that was sent to you to watch the presentation on Vimeo.
Questions for Acarya Kamaleshvara and his answers:
- As shukra is “super lymph” and not “normal” lymph, how does it move in the body? With the normal lymph?
Answer: Yes, in the beginning pranarasa moves within the normal lymph and later it gets mixed with the bloodstream in the thoracic duct. Pranarasa or “super lymph” gets transported in the whole body through the blood circulation. The pranarasa produced in the marrow of the bones goes directly in the bloodstream and moves with it.
- How is the shukra transmuted into psychic pabulum? You mentioned fasting. And I know that meditation does it (one reason why we tend to eat more during sadhana intensive retreats!). But can you share more about where and how? ..or maybe this is something that needs more research?
Answer: In my opinion and research, and by His grace, I think that due to the intensive biochemical and biophysical friction in the nerve cells pranarasa gets powdered down into the beginning stage of ectoplasm, still the crude part of the Kamamaya Kosa. Through sadhana the crude ectoplasm gets powdered down to subtler ectoplasmic stuff and helps perfecting all other Kosas.
Fasting keeps more pranarasa in the body that finally gets used to form mindstuff. This process of transmutation from crude to subtle is of course taking a lot of energy; and therefore, more food is also needed to supply these transmutations.
More and more research should be done. We are at the beginning 🙂
Rudramohan’s presentation focuses on the internal vayus – what they are? How to know if they are out of balance? And what can we do to get them back into balance. If you registered for the conference you can use the password that was sent to you to watch the presentation on Vimeo.
Question for Rudramohan: You spoke about the repetitions of asanas being in order to get energy from tamasik to rajasik to sattvik. Can you explain how this relates to the vayus, how the vayus are involved in this process?
Answer: Thank you for this question. It is obvious that I offered a simplified approach to energy flows in our body. My aim was to provide those who teach asanas a framework for planning their classes in a systematic way, as well as understand why some poses should be repeated to get any of the deeper benefits.
The vayus are the energy. The energy flow is mainly within the muscles and the surrounding fascia/ connective tissues. Stretching the tissues and muscles helps restore their cellular health, and in the process allows for the better flow of energy. The first stretches work on the ‘waking up’ of the dormant/ static energy embedded within the muscles/fascia. The subsequent stretches get the energy flowing and the final stretches help the energy settle in a dynamic equilibrium.
In the case of a specific vayu, a static state would be experienced as ‘heaviness’, followed by a subsequent state of activity, and a final sense of balance.
On the endocrine/ neurological level this can be observed when the body shifts from a dominant sympathetic functioning to a state dominated by the parasympathetic system and the dissolution of the cortisol and adrenaline hormones that started the sympathetic condition. It is said that such chemical readjustment needs ten to twenty minutes, hence the benefit of the tradition of doing asanas slowly and repeatedly with good periods of shavasana in between.
Situating P. R. Sarkar’s Biopsychology
The recording of this presentation will unfortunately not be publicly available. However, we will request Shravan to repeat Part 1 of his presentation, and also add Part 2, at a later date. Perhaps as part of our AMAYE Workshop Series.
If you have any questions for Shravan, these should be emailed to us by the 8th of March, and the answers will be posted here on the 12th of March.
As you will learn from Didi Ananda Devapriya’s inspiring presentation, Yoga Education is much, much more than doing yoga postures with kids. If you registered for the conference you can use the password that was sent to you to watch the presentation on Vimeo. If you have any questions for Didi, these should be emailed to us by the 8th of March, and the answers will be posted here on the 12th of March.