Today, I would like to share with you a quote from the Father of Hatha Yoga. His student, A.G. Mohan once posed a fundamental question on yogic service. His guru responds, giving the most quintessential reflection on ishvarapranidhana I’ve read to date:
Another day while practicing asana and in the warrior pose, Krishamacharya says to A.G. Mohan:
“Keep in mind that you are in the service of the Divine. As you extend your arms and look down, bring the feeling that you are above the world and its various concerns but close to the Divine. As you bring your arms by your side with the palms facing upward, feel that the feet of the Divine are resting on your hands”
Mohan inquiries further: “This is relevant to me but what if a practitioner has no religious beliefs?
“Still the imagery is valuable. Instead of thinking of the Divine the practitioner can bring the feeling that “I am without fear or burden. I am not troubled by the future or the past, flying above wordly pressures”
In this way, a yoga practice can be a vehicle for transformation whether or not the participate identifies as religious or spiritually inclined. More information on T. Krishnamacharya’s ideas and convictions can be found within the pages of A.G. Mohan’s biography, Krishnamacharya: His Life and Teachings
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