Finally spring has exploded, a wave of intense light, like a bucket of fresh water on the face and nature that screams, wake up, the hibernation is over.
The body has a new desire for warmth, long walks, lots of yoga, sea and nature and many new goals for the summer.
While I was walking along the seafront of Giardini Naxos, where I have been living for the last 33 years, I had the feeling that yoga surrounded everything.
I think of it every time I enter the archaeological park , when I see the Nike at the port, the little mermaid on the waterfront and the sculpture from the small marina, in Giardini Naxos .
Then I asked myself: How I could not realize it before? How can yoga change so much the perspective and amplify creativity to see in a different way what we are surrounded by?
Can the symbols that surround us since our birth amplify their meaning?
And yet without knowing, just a few steps away from our yoga studio for many years we were surrounded by historical symbols and art sculptures that also contain a yoga meaning.
Let’s start with the sculpture that resumes the Nike of Samothrace, (the original sculpture is made of marble and is in the Louvre Museum in Paris)
Naxos was founded in 734 a. C. and, as the ancient historians commonly agree, was the first Greek colony of Sicily. The head of the expedition was Teocle and the founding of the city was attended by the inhabitants of Chalkida Eubea and the island of Naxos. The Nike recalls the bond that unites Giardini Naxos with these two cities in Greece. It itself represents a symbol of union and Yoga means precisely union.
The Nike, work of the sculptor Carmelo Mendola, was erected to commemorate the twinning solemnly declared on November 27, 1965 between Giardini Naxos and Calcide Eubea. The statue was placed at the extreme point of Capo Schisò, looking towards the sea that had led the Greek colonists’ ships on these shores.
This sculpture is inspired by the Nike of Samothrace which, preserved in the Louvre Museum, depicts the goddess messenger of victory. A second copy of the statue was placed in 1980 in Calcide Eubea. The descent of Naxos of Sicily from the homonymous island of the Aegean sea is evidenced by the discovery of a marble stone with a dedication inscribed with the characters of the alphabet in use in the Cycladic island in the seventh century BC.
The asana (yoga position) that is very similar to this sculpture is Virabradrasana (Warrior 1)
MEANING OF VIRABHADRASANA
Virabhadra, according to the Hindu tradition, was a brave warrior born of a hair of the god Shiva. Although giving the name of a warrior to a yoga position may seems to disagree with Ahimsa, the yogic principle of non-violence, in reality it is not so. The Virabhadra warrior is a bit like the Arjuna of the Bhagavad-Gita, one of the most sacred texts of yoga set in a battlefield between two great armies waiting to war. For both the external combat actually symbolizes the inner conflict, the battle for the discovery of the true nature of one’s being, the conquest of the Infinite.
What we really want to commemorate with the name of this position is the “spiritual warrior” who courageously fights against the universal enemy, the ignorance of our true nature (in Sanskrit avidya), the ultimate cause of all our suffering
Dhanurasana, the bow position
This yoga pose helps the openness of the heart, to be more empathetic and to set clearly its objectives.
THE HIDDEN MEANING OF DHANURASANA
The bow is the weapon of gods and great warriors, therefore a symbol of strength and power. As in the book “Zen and archery” it is explained that it is an art that teaches how to train the mind, where the shooter and the target become a single thing, so in the Hindu mythology OM represents the bow, the mind the arrow and the Brahman the target.
In the yoga practice, then Dhanurasana (our bow) becomes important only if combined with the arrow (our mind) without which it would be impossible to hit the target (thus evolving). The bow is useless without the arrow, just as the arrow would be useless without the bow. Even the target (or intermediate targets) should be focused to achieve our goal.
The fundamental characteristics of the bow and therefore of Dhanurasana are flexibility and strength, as well as our ability to adapt to situations, to be humble and to accept them (bending forward) must be accompanied by strength, determination and the right tension ( bending backwards) in order to be able to shoot the arrow.
The important aspect is to what extent we can stretch ourselves without breaking, so in the asanas as in life: we must learn to listen and know each other. Dhanurasana is a position suitable for those who are forgetting to set their goal clearly.
Bharadvajasana is a twist pose , which helps to open the hips, tone the back muscles and the abdominal organs.
MEANING OF BHARADVAJASANA
Bharadvaja is the name of one of the seven legendary mystics who, according to the Hindu tradition, composed the Vedas (sacred texts). This position is therefore known as “the position of the sage Bharadvaja” or “the torsion of Baradvaja”.
According to the Hindu tradition, when diseases appeared on the earth to hinder the life of living beings, a group of sages from every corner of the earth gathered on the slopes of the Himalayas to find a remedy to the problem. With this arduous task in mind they began to meditate. Indra, the Lord of the Gods, came to their aid, telling them that he would instruct them on the right way to counter disease. The sages then chose Bharadvaja, which according to them was the most appropriate to follow Indra and learn the teachings of Ayurveda, one of the oldest systems of natural medicine passed down by man. On his return Bharadvaja imparted his knowledge to Atreya who in turn had six disciples, each of whom wrote a treatise of Ayurveda
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