Posted by: kgnarlym | July 26, 2014

The Natural State

“You cannot do yoga. Yoga is your natural state. What you can do are yoga exercises, which may reveal to you where you are resisting your natural state.” – Sharon Gannon,

 

This quote, from the moment I first heard it, has stuck with me. Aside from the general Truthiness of it, I couldn’t quite comprehend the reason it resonated so strongly with me.

But then last night I was browsing through a box of stuff left behind by my Sifu and stumbled upon an old copy of T’ai Chi magazine. This issue featured an interview with yiquan and taijiquan master Fong Ha.

Throughout the interview master Ha discusses natural states:

“…everybody in a natural state is relaxed. They only are not relaxed because they were taught, or were forced to, because of the environment, the situation…more and more people have lost touch with natural states. So therefore they have to find ways to become natural…People have had to re-learn how to do it…It is a natural state to be balanced. If you fall down, you balance right away. Non-balance only exists for a moment…The original state is to feel good, and complete…when I am simply standing up, and not moving, and not thinking, That seems to be an anchoring for everything.”

 

All of master Ha’s thoughts on relaxation and natural states were very familiar to my yoga-mind. It has been an interesting journey to walk in between these two Paths, and at a time when I have felt more assured than ever that the Practices are quite distinct, it was very pleasing to read the perspective of a master which affirmed the similarities.

When you really think about it, there is nothing surprising about finding common ground when speaking of that which is Natural.

 

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