The Weiser Concise Guide to Yoga for Magick (The Weiser Concise Guide Series)
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Yoga today connotes many images and ideas -- from holy men on a high mountaintop to throngs of young women toting designer mats. Yoga, meaning 'union,' is actually a many-layered discipline designed to help an individual attain health, serenity, focus, and ultimately, union with the Divine. Aleister Crowley was one of the first Europeans to practice yoga and believed the practice was essential to spiritual growth, stating that 'Magick is a Pyramid built layer by layer. The work of the Body of Light -- with the technique of Yoga -- is the foundation of the whole.'
This succinct and uniquely helpful book explores the frequently overlooked importance of bringing a healthy body and a clear-thinking mind to the practice of ceremonial magick or Wicca. While many books on magick discuss the importance of ritual, almost none point to the physical, spiritual, and moral quality necessary to make those rituals effective. Spiritual power demands physical health and the contemporary western practitioner can learn much from the ancient tradition of yoga.
skeletal rigidity. The spinal column should be straight. Two common, popular asanas are the following: The Tailor's Pose (Sukhasana): this is also known as the “easy pose.” Sit on the ground, a mat, or a cushion in a cross-legged position. Allow the hands to rest lightly on the knees, or be folded in the lap. The eyes should be nearly closed and cast downward as if looking at the lap. The spine should be straight but as relaxed as possible. The Half Lotus (Ardhapadmasana): this is a variation of
Sit perfectly still for as long as possible. Make a note of what type of physical sensations are experienced and when they occurred during the exercise. Record them in your magical diary after finishing the exercise. If there is no pain at all, check to make sure the body has not shifted its position unconsciously. Unusual phenomenon may occur during these exercises. Write them down in detail immediately after practice so you can analyze them later. Strive to sit perfectly still for one hour
Sutras say that in order to experience Dharana and Dhyana, the mind must first be relaxed, open, and in a particular psychic state. Allow the many things that are going on in the mind to settle so that it becomes quiet. Some people describe Samadhi as a state of being very aware of things, but not possessing a point of view about any part of the experience. During Samadhi a person is aware of many different perspectives and facets of reality, but remains detached from any of them. Samadhi is a
development, it is an especially valuable tool for the beginner. It gives an appropriate method of becoming aware of and working with magical energy. Regular practice purifies the nadis and brings a profound awareness of the chakras. In my experience, this exercise is a great way to build energy prior to ritual and an excellent tool for building god-forms. Dr. Israel Regardie introduced the Middle Pillar ritual to the modern Western occult tradition. He stated in The Complete Golden Dawn System
Shashankasana: Moon pose. shisya: Disciple; student. siddhi: Metaphysical powers obtained through Yoga practices. Siddhasana: A meditative seated posture also called the Adept's pose or the “pose of perfection.” Sirshasana: An inverted pose. The body is balanced on the crown of the head. Soma chakra: Minor chakra situated above Ajna chakra, contained within the Sahasrara chakra. Sukhasana: Known as the “easy” pose or Cross-legged pose. Surya nadi: See Pingala nadi. Sushumna nadi: The