An Interview with Gyandev McCord
Nicole DeAvilla: When I look at the yoga postures pictured in your book, they look like regular postures that one might see in any yoga class. If the postures are the same, what makes this practice different?
Gyandev McCord: In Ananda Yoga, the physical positions are seen primarily as the foundation from which a deeper practice can spring. That deeper practice involves working directly with the life-energy that the postures awaken, so as to raise consciousness.
ND: Why did you want to write this book?
GM: More and more people have experienced yoga postures on a physical level, and many of them sense a spiritual potential in the practice, and want to explore that potential. I wrote the book to support those people as well as teachers who want to (or perhaps already) teach the spiritual dimension of yoga.
ND: What is a simple practice that could be done in about 2 Minutes to connect to the spiritual or higher awareness aspect of yoga regardless of a person’s religious beliefs-even if they are an atheist?
GM: Higher awareness may seem esoteric or inherently religious, but it’s simply about finding a happiness that doesn’t depend on external circumstances. When you feel happiness, there’s a lot of energy in the forefront (prefrontal lobes) of the brain. Conversely, when you bring more energy to that location, you naturally feel happier. Here’s a quick exercise that can help you work with your energy to accomplish that. It’s called the Full Yogic Breath Flow:
Stand upright and take a full yogic inhalation: the belly expands first, then the lower ribs, then the chest. As you do a full yogic exhalation (chest relaxes in, then lower ribs, then belly), come into a forward bend. On your next full yogic inhalation, draw your hands up the front of the legs and torso (almost touching the body) as you come upright and stretch the arms overhead, gazing slightly upward. On the ensuing full yogic exhalation, glide your hands down the front of the body (again, almost touching it) as you return to the forward bend. Continue in this way for 5-6 breaths. As you inhale, try to feel the natural magnetism of the hands helping to light energy to the brain. As you exhale, feel that your hands are wiping away any traces of fatigue, restlessness, or discontent.
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Personal Website: www.waystofreedom.com
(where his products are sold)
Main Website: www.expandinglight.org