Once a upon a time, there was a king named Manu who was performing his spiritual practice by the river. A small fish comes into his hands and just as he is about to throw the fish back into the river, the fish requests the king to save its life. Heeding its request, the king puts the fish into a jar of water but the fish starts growing and the jar is not big enough for it. Then the king throws it into the river, but it soon outgrows the river and the king then throws it into the Ganges. Finally the fish grows so large that only the ocean can contain it.
Manu realizes that the fish must be some kind of sacred deity and bows down in submission asking the fish for enlightenment. Then the fish reveals himself as Lord Vishnu. Vishnu warns Manu that there will be a great flood that will submerge the world and destroy all living beings. Vishnu asks Manu to build a great ship and gather all the worthy sages, birds, animals and plants.
The rain begins and it rains, and rains, and rains and rains. The ship is tossed and turned on tumultuous waves amidst the thunder and lightening of the storm. Manu has to steer the ship but he has no idea where to direct it. As promised, Vishnu, as matsy, the giant fish, steadies the ship from behind and leads it to safety.
In modern society, the most common and accepted form of Yoga practice is āsana practice. The practice begins with the body and is known as Hatha Yoga. “Ha” refers to the moon, the essence of the Self, the subordinate side; the intangible, receptive and feminine side of the Self, the negative side of energy. “ṭha” refers to the sun, the form of the Self, the dominate side; the physical, expanding and masculine side of the Self, the positive side of energy.
The meridian is a concept used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Meridians are channels for life-energy (Qi) to flow. Some modern scientists doubt the existence of meridians.
We say the sun moves from rising to setting even though actually the earth rotates and orbits around the sun. The orbits are for tracing and describe the movement of the sun and the earth and their relationship. Anyone who is looking for a physical track of the orbit is regarded as ignorant. Similarly, in Traditional Chinese Medicine, meridians are for tracing and describe the flow of life-energy and the relationship between energy and the physical body, and the relationship between organs. The physical existence of meridians cannot be found in the body as the orbits of the Earth cannot be seen in the sky.
Yin Yoga derives from the Tao, Traditional Chinese Medicine and Yoga. It is a style of Yoga that is used to connect and balance the external environment and the inner world of the Self. Practicing Yin Yoga helps us discover a lifestyle that allows our Self to flow with the rhythm of nature and find a natural way to maintain a happy, wholesome and holistic life for the long term.
Wishingtree Yoga Yin Yoga Teacher Training is not only for one who would like to be a teacher, but is also suitable for anyone who would like to:
Ivy - A Yogi from China since 2006. A home-based Yoga Studio Co-founder in Kanata, ON, Canada. A Yoga book writer. A mom with a teen-age son.