It was several years ago that I chose that I am not much of a yogini. I have never ever been able to make substantial inroads into exactly what’s known in specific contexts as raja yoga. I’ve actually meddled numerous meditative practices, I have talked with many monks and a number of researchers, and I have read more books than I can name. In spite of all of this, resting on the floor of my yoga teacher’s studio a couple of years earlier, I recognized that something key was missing.


All of this emerged throughout our meditation course one afternoon, I ‘d slowed and deepened my breathing and the space was comfortably warm and very quiet. Fellow students were organized around the studio, my teacher was strolling thoroughly through and around us, providing the periodic, controlled direction.

Really, this was the most peaceful a meditative environment any individual can prefer. Yet, despite the sunlight filtered so carefully through gauzy drapes, in spite of the clouds repainted on the ceiling (which I was not, certainly, expected to be looking at), despite the collective calm generated by a dozen approximately minds focused on absolutely nothing more stressful than inhalation, I understood that meditation wasn’t for me.

I’d actually wandered off into a charming relaxation, reached some extremely deep location, and had I simply stayed, I may have come out of the experience with higher self-confidence. That being stated, for no apparent factor, long prior to our educator began to retrieve us, I jerked awake with a sense of intense panic. I remember checking out, signing up that absolutely nothing untoward had actually occurred, and actively slowing my breathing once again. I attempted once again, and again, I reached a state of deep relaxation, only to be jolted out of it by a sense of intense anxiety. I declined, for the remainder of course, to venture back once more.

All of this was rather odd, considering that I ‘d spent a year with a reflection group many years prior to. I ‘d experienced a variety of traditions, and never had I felt exactly what I felt on the floor of that studio. I asked my instructor about this, and she recommended that I read Harmful Feelings: A Scientific Discussion with the Dalai Lama by Daniel Goleman. I recently found another title that I believe could wind up addressing numerous of the concerns that have continued to be unanswered over the years, this one is entitled The Blissful Brain: Neuroscience and Proof of the Power of Reflection by Shanida Nataraja.

I’ve checked out a variety of online short articles that indicate a possible connection in between unguided (and possibly, in some cases, misguided) reflection and frame of minds or emotions that we’d label as unfavorable. It’s smart, naturally, to take anecdotal reports with a grain of salt, and it’s for this reason that I think that professionals and teachers of yoga would be well recommended to study raja yoga not just from a spiritual viewpoint, but from a clinical perspective also.

As is really frequently the case, one supports the other, however having actually measured information offered for students, particularly when students run into troubles, assists to dispel specific mistaken beliefs. We’re blessed to stay in an age where we can approach facts from multiple vantage points, and it can just improve your sadhana to take advantage of all the understanding that’s readily available.