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Yoga and the coronavirus

by Joseph Le Page


According to the philosophy of Yoga, prakriti, the material world, exists with the purpose of recognizing purusha, our true Being. In other words, the world is a field of learning that exists for the bloom of our true being as purpose and destiny of our life. If, as Yoga says, the world is a field of learning whose goal is spiritual awakening, what are the lessons to be learned from the current pandemic of the coronavirus? Although I fully recognize the gravity of the situation and the understandable fear and anxiety that the entire planet is experiencing, there is also something positive that can come from it; is there also a teaching?

Reflecting on this, several topics are presented:

Fragility - The social, political and economic systems that sustain the lives of human beings, including governments, health systems and companies, strive to present an image of permanence, stability and even invincibility. The current crisis reminds us of our fundamental fragility and vulnerability. This virus is a human tragedy, especially because it takes away from us those who should be most valued, the weak and the elderly. Compared to other pandemics in the past, however, this virus is not among the most threatening to life. Even so, it is beyond the ability of many governments and healthcare systems to deal with it effectively. From the point of view of Yoga, this fragility is inherent in our midst, which is subject to constant changes. This impermanence inherent in all things created is a vivid reminder that this life is not to be an end, but only a means to the recognition of our true being, a source of inner strength, of peace, and peace, which is always present, regardless of what is happening around us.

Interconnectivity - There were much worse pandemics in the past, but the world has never been as interconnected and interdependent as it is today. In the past, crises happened in other countries, far away, with no direct relation to our lives. Today, however, the mutation of a virus in a wild animal market in China almost instantly becomes a crisis for the entire planet, not only from the point of view of health, but also by all the large scale economic implications. Yoga teaches us the consciousness of our interconnectivity, that every thought and action is like stones thrown in a lake whose waves spread infinitely. Therefore, Yoga teaches awareness in all our activities with an understanding of how they will affect others and society in general. Yoga teaches the interconnectedness of all things, so that we, as a species, can no longer afford to act in an individual or selfish way.

Respect to nature - it is a known fact that the coronavirus can spread from unfit and unnatural creations of wild species, but what is less known is that this type of transmission is more likely when these species are under stress. This virus originated in China, but the number of places on the planet in which nature is threatened and under stress is numerous and increases exponentially. We can't separate ourselves from the cycles and rhythms of nature whose essence is balance and harmony; we can't expect nature to be patient with us indefinitely, even if our abuse of the natural world continues to continue. This virus can't be seen separately from deforestation and global warming. Nature is Gaia, a living entity whose care and balance is now an absolute necessity for the survival of our species.

Simplicity - Many of us around the planet now live under restrictions in which only essential services, such as health, food and medicines, are working. With most of our shops closed, we have the possibility to see how many of our desires and needs really go beyond what is absolutely necessary. Yoga tells us that the search for satisfaction through material things will never be enough, because the material world was not to be an end in itself, but only a means of discovering the intrinsic contentment of our true Being. Yoga also teaches that we seek satisfaction and happiness in our surroundings in such a compulsive way, because the pleasure that we experience through material things is a glimpse of the complete peace of our true being that we know that is always present and waiting The best of the world. Maybe this is a time to reflect on our true desires, needs and priorities, wondering if the happiness we seek is in the material things or if it is already really present in our own being, closer to us than our own breath, waiting only to be clearly recognized.

Appreciation - In this moment of crisis, many are separated from the things that are used to do, things that provide pleasure and comfort, and even those that support our spiritual growth and awakening. Some are simple things, like meeting up with friends and family, going to a Yoga class or other group activity, walking in the park or going to the beach. Perhaps this moment of social distance is a time for a deeper appreciation of the blessings that we receive in every moment of daily life. This pandemic reminds us that even our breath is a gift and that we must live and breathe every moment, even the most challenging, with a lot of gratitude and appreciation.

Autonomy and freedom - According to Yoga, prakriti exists for purusha; all creation is a field of learning whose purpose is to awaken to our true Being. The body is a precious vehicle for this journey and, in times of crisis, it is normal for survival, both physical and economic, to become priority. And although this is a time to focus on staying physically healthy, it should also be a time to focus on the ultimate goal and purpose of this body, which, from the perspective of Yoga, is to know the true Being beyond any doubt, theory and questioning, through spiritual awakening. And while the physical being is finite, the true self is infinite and immortal; it is who we are in reality, who we have always been and who we will always be. Even if we value what is finite in this moment of crisis, this is also a moment to prioritize what is immortal, infinite, and always waiting to be seen, our real being, through the practices of yoga and meditation.


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Integrative Yoga Therapy is a pioneer and leader in therapeutic Yoga teacher training programs. We are dedicated to bringing the ancient insights of Yoga into mainstream wellness programs based on a vision of health as a unity of body, mind and spirit. The IYT  experiential approach to learning allows students to integrate in-depth information through a creative process resulting in a uniquely personal experience. IYT students bring Yoga based wellness programs into a wide variety of settings, including general wellness, senior wellness, prenatal Yoga and Yoga for specific health challenges such as back pain, heart disease, cancer and auto-immune conditions. Learn more.

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IYT teacher training programs give students the skills, insights and practice to bring Yoga into mainstream life in ways that are inspiring, enjoyable, safe and easily accessible. The koshas, the five dimensions of being, within Yoga philosophy form the foundation of the IYT journey of healing. Through a wide range of assessment tools and Yoga techniques students learn to facilitate balance at physical, energetic, psycho-emotional, intuitive and spiritual levels. 

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As of April 2016 the 300-hour & 800-hour training programs became part of the curriculum of the Kripalu School of Yoga. For further information, continue to the website of the Kripalu School of Integrative Yoga Therapy.

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IYT offers excellent, up-to-date books and other materials for all students of Yoga. 

The Yoga Toolbox for Teachers and Students has sold over 20,000 copies and is used in yoga teacher programs worldwide.  Thorough, yet compact and well-designed, the  Toolbox uses a multidimensional appraoch to asana, including instructions that address all levels of being: physical, energtic, psycho-emotional, intuitive and spiritual. 

Mudras for Transformation and Healing is a complete presentation on the ancient yogic science of mudra, yogic hand gesterures for healing the body, balancing the mind and awakening spirit.  Each of the 108 mudras has clear instructions, suggested affirmations and a guided meditation to assist you in experiencing the full effects of the mudra. The book's vast information has also been distilled into portable cards that can be used teaching classes or in a personal practice.

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Yoga Therapy in India: A video project by Joseph and Lilian Le Page





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What Students Are Saying About IYT

"I felt I got a very solid foundation in anatomy, physiology, working with specific injuries, emotional issues, and diseases (the whole gamut), Chakra work, working with Koshas and Vayus, meditation, pranayama, imagery, yoga nidra, as well as an introduction to the use of Ayurveda in teaching yoga, ,…I feel like I could go on and on.  Basically, I have yet to meet a client where I did not know where to start-that all comes from the IYT training.  We did A LOT of hands on work, we developed programs with support and assistance, plus they pool all of the programs at the end of the training, and share the outlines.  Each training, I went home with an arsenal of already established 8 week programs for many typical client issues (heart disease, anxiety, knee pain, infertility, insomnia…).  I have modified most, but they are great starting points."
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