Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Gagori Mitra-Gupta on Her Experience with the Tibetan Yoga of NadiPrana and Its Impact on Her Work as a Therapist

When I wrote this short piece to be published in LifePositive the Indian magazine for holistic living several years ago, I could not anticipate that whatever I was about to commit to paper would be proven even more true many times over in the years to come than it had been back then.  As a matter of fact, the practice of the Tibetan yoga of NadiPrana has kept and continues to keep me at peace with myself and relaxed in the face of mounting challenges and growing work-related stress.  I would not want to miss this aspect from my life - ever again. 

"I t was my teacher Choyin Dorje who initiated me into NadiPrana in the course of my introduction to my chosen profession as a bodyworker or bodymind therapist. (Even today, I do not like the word massage therapist because it has a false ring to it, as it gives rise to misleading associations.)  For me, working with Tibetan yoga has been a voyage of unending self-discovery.  From the correction of a bad posture and relief from backache, to greater self-esteem and a sense of peace and groundedness even in the unavoidable turbulences of my everyday life – the journey of NadiPrana keeps unfolding…  It is so encompassing, it even teaches me to have compassion with my moments of despair and self-pity and all the other things I have been conditioned not to like about myself.  Although I often still take myself far too seriously, in the years that have passed since this first encounter with the practices, I have been able to see the humor in certain situations instead of the “tragedy”.  For all of us, this is a big step."  

"The proof in the pudding is always in the eating – the proof of a spiritual path is always in walking the talk.  It all comes down to the ability, “to let come whatever comes and to let go whatever goes”.   The energy flow stimulated by the NadiPrana exercises has helped me to experience freedom from grasping, at least occasionally.  This also supports me in my other work with my clients as a bodymind therapist and orthopedic muscle specialist.  If I feel essentially free from my own load imagined or real, I am in a much better position to help my clients shed their physical or psychological burden."

"NadiPrana is an emerging yoga of healing.  It has roots and links with the glorious past of Siddha practice in ancient India, which later was transmitted into Tibet where it flourished in mountain hermitages for centuries.  It also encompasses elements of energy circulation and other practices from Chinese Taoist yoga.  Because in its present form the system is a modern day creation, it is taught in public mainly from the bodymind therapy approach of energy balancing, integration of resisted emotions and feelings, relaxation and overall stress release.  In all areas of life it provides for clarity and a sense of ease and greater vitality." 

"NadiPrana does not teach us to suppress the senses, but instead fine-tunes the senses to the degree that they open up and bypass their purported limits.  Freedom is always inherent in them, once we are able to notice.  It is not the senses that have us fettered to painful illusions, it is the tight grasp the mind keeps on them, which causes us to identify and suffer."  

"NadiPrana’s main aim is to quickly inspire and engender in the practitioner a direct experience of the vibrant reality of the different sheaths of the energy body.  Its purpose is to gently melt the grasping mind, which permeates the physical structure.  NadiPrana skillfully reaches this goal and will take a slightly different route for each and every individual who engages in its practice.  In NadiPrana several seeming opposites reveal themselves not to be opposites.  For example, we may discover that when we let go of our ego through feeling whatever arises in the moment.  Also our sense of personal sovereignty unexpectedly increases, although the sense of an aggressively defensive ego has actually dissolved.  We may also come to realize that we can enjoy every aspect of our lives, and yet remain free from bondage."

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