The Making of a Hata Yogi: Saluting the Sun
In our series “The Making of a Hata Yogi,” we catch up with the participants of the Hata Yoga School as they learn the techniques of Surya Kriya.
Week 4 The Isha Hata Yoga Teacher Training Program is an endeavor to bring back classical yoga in its purest form and to train teachers who can impart this phenomenally powerful science. The second training program began on 22nd July 2013, and in this series, we will be following the participants through their exciting 21-week journey.
In Week Four of the program, the group started to practice the power-packed Surya Kriya.
Sadhguru has often talked about the immense significance of the sun: “When we say Surya, we are talking about the sun, the basic powerhouse for this planet. Everything on this planet is solar powered – all life on this planet is solar powered, including yourself.”
Surya Namaskar is a familiar process to many yoga practitioners but about two years ago, Sadhguru introduced Surya Kriya. He says, “Surya Kriya is different from Surya Namaskar in that the original practice or the real practice is Surya Kriya. It is a way of aligning yourself with the sun and it is a much more refined process which needs enormous attention in terms of the geometry of the body. It involves a certain level of breath and powerful activation of energy. It is a tremendous possibility if you know how to use it.”
And indeed, our participants have been experiencing this. Vijay Gedia of Mumbai says, “While learning Surya Kriya, I felt I was the most fortunate one on the planet. Such a profound and subtle kriya! I could sense a surge of energy in my body.” Francesco Marelli from the Netherlands tells us “the kriya takes a phenomenal amount of concentration. When you nail the breath cycles, it flows and flows and flows…”
The group has been learning so much on various levels but the thought occurs: this is a Teachers’ Training Program, isn’t it? When do they learn how to teach? The message from Sadhguru was unequivocal: “You should not be eager to teach. You must be eager to imbibe. If you imbibe something, if something truly worthwhile is with you, teaching will come naturally. If I know it's valuable, I will teach. If no one values it, I’ll close my eyes and sit. This is the way to approach it. It's not about doing something. It's about becoming a certain way.”
Sadhguru elaborates on the process of imbibing: “To imbibe this is not to take it as a mental memory but as a physical memory. In terms of memory, your body is a much more reliable machine than your mind. If I ask you what happened in the last 24 hours, you will see, if you try to meticulously remember every moment of what happened with your mind, it will not even remember one percent of what's happened. But in a very unconscious way, your body remembers everything: every smell, every taste, every sight, every touch, every sound. It is just that you do not know how to consciously make that memory yield into wisdom or knowledge. That has not been worked at. Hata Yoga is working your system in such a way that everything that your body remembers works to your advantage, not against you, so that it becomes a powerful instrument of perception. If you walk into a place, you should know what's happening, with your hand, not with your eyes. This body can become that sensitive.”
Imbibing is a process that the group is becoming increasingly open to. Marina Kurtzberg from the USA speaks for many when she says, “Going through the program this week brought down this mental picture I had of training to teach others. I realized the first pupil I have is myself – I need to learn before even dreaming about teaching others. It took me so long to realize: I am my first pupil.”