More on Yogi Amrit Desai

Hello Sarlo,

I am an Amrit Yoga teacher who has been practicing for nearly 20 years. I feel a more expansive description of the yoga system developed over a period of 45 years by Yogi Amrit Desai would serve humanity better than slander of his personal difficulties from years ago. His contribution to yoga in the West is enormous and profound. If you would be so kind to amend his approach as:

The Amrit Yoga Asana Sequence is an experience of vigorous dynamic postures and deep silences. In Amrit Yoga, the transition time between the two postures is the second half of the posture-the gap-where you enter the deepest stillness and tranquility of the Third Eye. Here the opposing polarities of active and passive, doing and non-doing, will and surrender, are brought together into perfect integration and unity. This is the magical ecstatic union of Shiva and Shakti. This union is Samadhi, the highest experience of yoga.

Integration is a continuous process regardless of what stage of practice you are in. This process is triggered during the performance of the posture, grows during the holding of the posture, and continues in the gap. Integration does not conclude when the posture is completed, but continues beyond it. There is a stage of deliberate doing, which is followed by the non-doing state of detached attention to the sensations caused by the release of the blocked energy during the posture. Integration becomes most active through detached attention on bodily sensations and becomes a fully integrated experience when all the released energies are drawn to the Third Eye.

There are actually Three Stages to his system, but for the sake of space this is his Meditation in Motion approach in a nutshell.

~ Modini

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