Lesson 4: "Why are Internet Yoga courses so necessary now?" Travel time: 20 minutes.
Why are online yoga courses so necessary at the moment?
Our only enemy is our ignorance..
Each of us, whether we know it or not, has a deadly, cunning enemy. This enemy constantly spoils our life. We owe all the suffering of our lives to this enemy. This enemy comes to us and hurts us in many guises and in different situations. We are simply forced to wage a merciless war with this enemy in order to live a bit of peace and happiness. All the wars of all mankind, which were, are, or will be in the world, are in essence wars with this unique enemy. The name of this enemy is our ignorance or our hopeless stupidity. If it seems to us that besides our darkness we have real enemies, then this is just another victory of our ignorance over us. There is only the only weapon with which we can surely defeat this treacherous, treacherous enemy. This weapon is called Knowledge. Just as a torch instantly destroys darkness, a small glimpse of Knowledge turns ignorance to our enemy's flight. Therefore, yoga encourages us to constantly, systematically and systematically engage in their education. In the ancient distinguished treatise "Yoga Sutra of Patanjali" there is a second step on the path of yoga, which is called "Niyama." The fourth point of this stage is called “Swadhyaya”, or permanent systematic self-education, self-study, development of the mind, intelligence, the search for new knowledge. That is, no matter how old you are, what kind of education you have not received before, yoga urges you to continue your training. This is the only chance to overcome the many sufferings of our lives, generated by ignorance.
But to develop the habit of systematically learning can be very difficult for a person who has just taken the path of yoga. Need help from outside. Online Yoga Courses are designed to help anyone with this right now.
Yoga is rapidly disappearing.
A serious study of the current state of affairs in the field of preservation of the cultural heritage of yoga clearly shows that yoga is rapidly disappearing. The abundance of information about yoga, which now seems to have swept the countries of the East and the West, turns out to be just an illusion. Unfortunately, the increase in the number of books, magazines, films on yoga comes along with the rapid decline in the quality of the information they contain. Often, the quality of this information is below the critical level to such an extent that it confuses a person who is interested in yoga, rather than helps him understand this ancient teaching. Save the situation can only extremely decisive actions to save this grand system of self-knowledge, which is yoga. First of all, we need qualified yoga teachers, who, on the one hand, would understand the ancient knowledge of yoga, and on the other hand, could bring it to modern people in a language understandable to them. If there are no such people, then the knowledge of yoga will not be claimed and will gradually disappear. We need yoga instructors, those who will conduct practical exercises. We need popularizers of yoga, which will spread knowledge about yoga, to interest people in yoga. We need those who will support yoga with all the forces and means: from publishing ancient texts to performing preparatory, "inconspicuous" work.
Two extremes in the spread of yoga.
Unfortunately, in the modern world we see two equally ineffective strategies for the preservation of yoga knowledge. The first strategy is a superficial commercial, frivolous, consumer attitude to yoga, which is shown to us by the countries of the West and, first of all, by America, where yoga is reduced to the level of either charging or acrobatics. This is yoga at a very primitive level for people who are fond of advertising and fashion. Indeed, people who practice yoga in sneakers, with the use of an inconceivable number of different kinds of adaptations, are somehow unusually perceived - after all, the only thing needed for practicing yoga is a flat floor and a rug. Still, this strategy has its positive aspects. The positive aspects of this trend include the mass that it acquired in the West, where almost every second person did yoga at least once, which cannot be said even about the countries of the East. The second strategy is an attempt to recreate a small "India" within a particular yoga school in the West, to make everyone live in the "Indian manner": to dress, eat, communicate. An attempt to impose behavioral norms that are natural in the East and simply unthinkable in the West: this is when a student must prostrate when a teacher arrives or when women should work separately from men so as not to tempt them. Such attempts are always very reminiscent of trying to create some kind of new religious sect, and not spreading the knowledge of yoga. It is clear that there are not so many people who want to participate in such organizations, as the organizers of this approach would have to do to disseminate yoga. The most offensive is that the “Indian” way of life that they try to present in these organizations as a true “yoga” one has nothing to do with yoga. This way of life was formed historically relatively recently. The way of life of people in the heyday of yoga was, apparently, completely different, having a very far resemblance to what they are now trying to impose on the people of the West. In narrow circles of yoga, this trend is called "Yoga Hindu." (Or yoga, where there are too many Hindu colors, customs, and sometimes simple superstition of the broad masses of the population of the countries of the East). But still, this strategy has its strengths.
The positive aspects of this trend can be attributed to the fact that sometimes there is a very deep understanding of the theory and practice of yoga among people who adhere to this approach. Sometimes, even mindlessly copying some elements of life in the countries of the East, they also transmit without distortion those bits of wisdom that have come down to us since ancient times. Thus, we see two trends: one completely frivolous, the other too serious, but, unfortunately, this seriousness has little to do with yoga. As a result, the modern world needs a completely new approach.
Remote Internet Yoga Courses of the Open Yoga University are designed to implement this approach.
According to the Open Yoga University, at the moment we need several thousand qualified yoga teachers to preserve, adapt and convey to everyone who want the most ancient knowledge of yoga and harmoniously transfer it to the modern soil, thereby creating the foundation on which knowledge of yoga will be preserved and enhanced. This is an absolutely fantastic figure, considering all the realities of our life, and the International Open Yoga University will take centuries to prepare so many teachers, even if you graduate a few dozen people every year, which is quite difficult at the moment.
One cannot expect that Western countries will “export” teachers who have been trained abroad, because the ideology of the “consumer society” prevails in the West, and the quality of training of these teachers is lower than acceptable.
It’s even less to count on the countries of the East, as there are simply no such number of adequate training centers, and a large mass of those that are very much like religious organizations.
An empty niche in the field of yoga teaching is immediately filled, in the worst case, with all sorts of false healers, false prophets, false magic, wizards, sorcerers, and other sometimes very dubious public. At best, they are retrained psychologists, gymnastics, aerobics or dance instructors who see yoga as the next wave of fashion.
The only real way out of this situation today is Free Internet Remote Yoga Courses, which can cover an unlimited number of people and do at least something real in preserving and promoting yoga. Online yoga courses will allow you to find the most capable, sincere and dedicated people of yoga, who in the future will become teachers of yoga and will not allow yoga to disappear.
Indeed, a future qualified yoga teacher needs to go through a huge amount of theoretical material on yoga. It takes a lot of time, but no one bothers to learn the theory of yoga remotely via the Internet. The same applies to the testing of knowledge passed, homework assignments and reports.
Of course, for the training of yoga instructors, personal communication is necessary, and it is assumed that if a person continues the tradition of yoga, he will already have to personally communicate with his teachers.
Online yoga courses and the risk of attracting marginals.
Online yoga courses are available to everyone who has access to the Internet. This is a very positive moment for studying yoga, which gives a chance to join yoga to ordinary people. But, unfortunately, this positive may have a downside. Such ease of entry also allows you to easily penetrate all sorts of ill-mannered, and sometimes strange and irresponsible public on websites and forums dedicated to yoga.
They are strange people, imagining themselves as “Teachers,” wandering from one school to another. These are people with violent and unbalanced psyche, provocateurs and so on. They write insulting letters and messages on the forums, constantly blaming someone for something, exposing someone, criticizing, sending out “compromising” information, looking for mistakes, finding out who the most important Yogi is, is being doused with mud. All these people are usually lonely and unhappy, as any community does not want to deal with them. Because of this loneliness and lack of realization, their creative energy turns into a deadly poison for themselves and those around them. They are looking for any community of people on the Internet to throw out this poison and create the illusion of their importance and need for people. These people are very sorry. If faced with them, even for a moment, it becomes bad from their existence. But they themselves spend 24 hours a day. That is, their suffering from themselves is terrible. But, on the other hand, we cannot allow them to poison the atmosphere of learning in courses. We must identify such people and block their activities in the most decisive way, without engaging in any discussions with them. We simply do not have the opportunity to re-educate anyone. There is no time and resources for this. Let them criticize us for such a tough position somewhere on another site on the Internet. We do not mind. Moreover, by doing so they will only benefit us, since if they respond badly to us, they will advertise us among other users. The laws of advertising say that there is no better advertising than unfounded, malicious criticism. It attracts the attention of the masses of people. The name of the site becomes well-known, and all for the sake of curiosity begin to visit the scandalous Internet resource. Many figures of show business even pay for such anti-advertising and themselves in every way contribute to the emergence of such criticism, because for any show business the most terrible thing is when everyone simply forgot about it. The problem lies elsewhere. This is when ordinary people who take their first steps in yoga and still do not know anything about it, suddenly come across such an abnormal audience. Yes, in yoga, where, in principle, it should not be. It starts to be confusing. This is a known fee for accessibility on the Internet, where the interlocutor is not visible. In ordinary life, we immediately recognize the rude and abnormal and do not pay attention to their words and antics. Sometimes it is enough just to look at the fanatical face of another marginal or mentally ill person, how things fall into place. But when you receive a malicious letter or read insults or slander on a forum, you mentally complete the image of a good, responsible, decent, mentally healthy person. This is the reason for the shock perception by ordinary people of various kinds of marginals from the Internet. Therefore, there is a simple exercise, how to cope with the emotional situation when you are faced with the above-mentioned manifestations of inappropriate people. Remember how all the abnormal people who do not control themselves look like and imagine that just such a character is talking to you at the other end of the network.
Also, never enter into discussions with such people.. Delete their messages without delving into them. Sometimes it is desirable not to read these messages. If these people are intrusive, blacklist them in your mail. Do not explain anything to these people, it is useless. Do not try to refute them, you will infuse strength into them. If you show even the slightest interest in them, they will literally stick to you. You no longer squeeze them out of your world. The only effective method of soft struggle with such people is not to react to them. Try not to scold them, do not praise, do not laugh at them. Just ignore all their comments, messages. If they write on your blog, forum or website, then a very effective tool is to simply delete their message without explaining the reasons, whatever they write, whatever they may accuse you of. Remember that if someone rubs up on the doormat in front of your door, then you just throw everything away, and do not enter into discussions and scholarly debate, why should you be clean in your house? In general, if you encounter such people live in your life, behave in the same way. Do not react, do not answer, do not notice. Ignore. Yoga says that provocation from outside is not so terrible as our inadequate reaction to it. Behave as if nobody is there, an empty space. If these characters start shouting loudly or behave aggressively, then call the police outfit, it is their duty to maintain order. Do not try to calm yourself or provide physical restraint, this should be done by professionals. Remember, these people are very unhappy, feel sorry for them, but do not play along with them. Remember, most of all such people are afraid of lack of interest in them. In the absence of attention, they tend to fade quickly and become lifeless. Any of your reactions - is feeding for their illness.
About other schools of yoga or good or nothing.
We also don’t like it when on our websites and forums someone starts unfairly or fairly scolding other schools of yoga or other teachers. Blaming them for all imaginary or obvious mistakes. We do not have the right to judge anyone and there is no opportunity and time to understand anything. We try to distance ourselves, if possible, from such disputes, discussions, clarification of relationships, squabbles, expositions, revelations. Even if the initiators are quite adequate people and the subject of strife is quite obvious. Therefore, we also urge all our students to refrain from negativity and criticism on our platform for the study of yoga. There are other places for this.
Yoga and plagiarism.
As soon as we began to distribute the knowledge of yoga for everyone through the Internet Yoga Courses, we immediately faced a curious phenomenon. Many "strong and independent" individuals involved in yoga orbit and for some reason not very successful in other activities, begin to take on the courses those pieces of information that suit them, and find the rest of the knowledge somewhere else, often from other currents, unrelated to yoga. As a result, a mess of concepts, ideas, theories, and sometimes superstitions arise in their heads. But the most interesting thing is that they begin to form a circle of loyal fans around them, they begin to teach supposedly "yoga". Jealously protect their yoga "flock" from the "bad influences from the outside," in every way criticize all others. That is, they become "resellers" or "intermediaries" between people and yoga. And since they have little yoga, they are trying to dilute it with something else.
We are asked how we react to the fact that someone takes materials from our courses and gives them as his own, without mentioning the courses? And how should ordinary students respond to this?
The answer is as follows. When we encounter such a phenomenon, then we have an excellent reason to have fun from the heart. Especially when, on the basis of our courses, a “new” esoteric teaching is created, or when, without going through our training, such people themselves begin to teach yoga to others using our materials. No matter how much such pseudo-instructors inflate their cheeks from importance, it is difficult to keep from smiling, having encountered such an imitation of yoga.
Open, Closed, Secret Yoga.
Yoga is a very open system of self-knowledge. At the same time, yoga is a very responsible doctrine, where it is believed that knowledge should come to a person in the sequence and measure that will make a person wiser, freer and happier. Any jumping over the steps and practices taken out of context can seriously slow down a person’s path. If a person has a personal mentor, then he can avoid distortions. But when a person gets information from open sources on his own, such annoying things happen quite often. That is why we have a certain degree of admittance of a student studying yoga to knowledge. First, you will learn in a certain sequence all the more or less Open knowledge of yoga. If everything goes well, you will begin to come into contact with practitioners and Higher practitioners who are Closed from unprepared, casual people. And only after that, as time passes, you will have the opportunity to get in touch with completely unknown, secret and powerful sections of yoga. It has been the custom since ancient times that there was some kind of invisible dropout system that protects yoga from profanation and abuse of powerful methods of helping people. Yoga does not divide people into "worthy" and "not worthy", but patiently waits for an unsuitable person to rise above his bestial nature and his life for the benefit of all living beings proves that he is ready to use the power of yoga for the benefit of both himself and people.