Yamas and Asanas

I never thought that one day I’d be involved in a controversy born of someone’s malicious speculation, much less of someone from the yoga community. YT explained that it is one thing to be confronted by someone seeking the truth (or maybe being plain nosey?), and it is another to be talked about behind your back. At least in the former case, I would have the chance to defend myself. Ah, satya!

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A multinational corporation will soon be closing its Philippine office and the media presented this news as a consequence of the global financial crisis. I know some people working for that company and as early as 2007 they were already informed of the shutdown. It is cheaper to operate elsewhere in Asia, they were told. People from media, please do your research and be bit more responsible. Satya!

As someone put it, if you want to know the truth, don’t read the newspaper.

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Global crisis has now become an excuse for almost everything. Companies losing billions of pesos blame the crisis for their financial performance, which I bet did not happen only in the last 12 months. They said their projected return on their investment was 12 percent but real rate turned out to be only 6 percent, thus their losses. One, BA 101: scenario planning. Two, I think a little more prudence would not have hurt. Three, someone must have earned from this loss. Is this a case of lack of satya? Or lack of aparigraha?

What enrages me even more is the “newscasters’ advice” to those individuals who lost their investment and thus their children’s chance to go to college: “we advice them to go to the Securities and Exchange Commission and ask about the financial status of their pre-need company….” Duh. These pre-need investors are not from affluent families; if they were, they would not have worked so hard to save up for their children’s future. One of them is Mang Kaloy, a piano tuner. He knows nothing else to do to make a living but to tune pianos for which he earns an average of Php3,000 a month (just how many household owns a piano for Mang Kaloy to make a decent living?). Ten years ago, he inherited Php100,000 from his father. Wanting to secure his son’s future, he put the money in an educational plan, yes, the one that folded two years ago. Now his son has to take on manual labor because he is unable to go to college.  And they expect the likes of Mang Kaloy, or his son, to go to SEC? Duh. I guess this is beyond yamas and niyamas already…the sage must not have encountered people like these newscasters.

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“How do past emotions, thoughts, and impressions manifest in the body? Other students feel like crying after intense backbending. Emotional pain is stored in the chest, where it functions like armor, hardening around the heart. This armor may be dissolved in backbending. If we let go of the armor, a feeling of tremendous relief will result, sometimes accompanied by crying.” – Ashtanga Yoga Practice and Philosophy by Gregor Maehle, p.3

That’s just what happened last night. After doing the bow pose, tears started welling in my eyes. Good thing I was so sweaty that my crying became inconspicuous. Then during savasana…but this time I held back because I knew once I started it I would not be able to stop, well, not right away.

I did not know exactly why I cried/felt like crying. Was it a feeling of relief? Pain? Anger? (yes I do cry when I am mad) Joy? Or all of the above?

“Asana invites us to acknowledge the past and let it go. This will in turn bring us into the present moment and allow us to let go of limiting concepts such as who we think we are.” (p.3)

 

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