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Best Place on Planet Earth - Your Yoga Mat!

We all have some place where we find ourselves most comfortable. To some it might be their own room, to some others it might be their farmhouse or bungalow. Whatever it may be people love that place because they can unwind themselves there. Not only for the sake of relaxing, they also hide themselves there during tough times. For a yogi, such a place is his own Yoga Mat!

Yoga mat forms a very tender bond with a yogi. Especially so if he is practicing yoga as a means of spiritual unfoldment. A yoga mat witnesses the innermost feelings of a yogi. Path of yoga is tough. Every yogi goes through a phase when his sadhana suffers due to wordly responsibilities or his own inertia and lethargy. There are times when a yogi is undergoing spiritual awakening. He is reaching new highs of spiritual progress. At physical level, too, a yogi is undergoing transformation. His body becomes flexible leaving behind the signs of rigidity and strain. During Kundalini awakening he may experience "explosive" symptoms such as tremors in the body, violent shaking of the body, rolling on the floor and more. At times he may weep, cry due to recollection of subtle impressions (Samskras) and memories and at times he may feel blissful and completely at peace. A yoga mat is a silent witness of all these transformations happening in the life of a yogi.

If you practice Pranayama and Mantra as a part of spiritual practice, you will find that after lakhs and lakhs of recitations of the Mantra your yoga mat gets "charged" with divine vibrations. When your mind is disturbed due to worldly events you can sit on your yoga mat and experience that it is having a soothing effect on your psyche. That's because of the invisible bond that you have formed with your yoga mat.

When you sit on your yoga mat you tend to forget your materialistic tendencies. The mat is wrapping you in a warm covering of some divine pulsation. That's why all ancient yoga texts and lineages recommend that a yoga mat (called Asana in Sanskrit) must be used only by the practitioner. You should never share your yoga mat with anybody else, not even with your spouse. It may just drain the positive vibrations. Not only that, you should also avoid using it for general purposes other than sadhana. The same effect can be felt if you are a practitioner of Pranayama. Due to thousands and thousands of pranic surges the mat gets "charged" with Pranic energy. And you should never share such a mat with anybody else.

You should clean and wash your yoga mat yourself and not allow it to be handled by others. Some of you, especially beginners, may not experience such a connection with your yoga mat. That's possibly because your mat is not yet sufficiently "charged" with the Prana or Mantra. Of course, I must mention here that don't get attached with your mat too much. I explained this so that beginners can understand why most of the books and traditions ask them not to share their yoga mat with others.

No matter what, for a yogi his sadhana mat is the best place on planet Earth!

Bipin Joshi is a software consultant, an author and a yoga mentor with more than 22 years of experience in classical yoga system of India. He is an internationally published author and has authored or co-authored more than ten technology books for Apress and WROX press. He has been awarded as a Most Valuable Professional by Microsoft. He has also written a few Marathi books including Devachya Davya Hati and Natha Sankentincha Danshu. Having embraced yoga way of life he also teaches Kriya and Meditation to selected individuals.

बिपीन जोशी लिखित देवाच्या डाव्या हाती आणि नाथ संकेतींचा दंशु या पुस्तकांची आपली प्रत आजच विकत घ्या. त्यांच्या अजपा योग मार्गदर्शनाविषयी अधिक माहिती येथे उपलब्ध आहे.

Posted On : 15 Feb 2014

Tags : Yoga Mantra Yoga Pranayama Sadhana Spirituality