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The Importance of Proper Yoga Instruction. Sadhguru

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if anybody expresses any interest in practicing some form of yoga including yourself if you get interested in doing more dimensions of yoga never take instruction from anybody who's just a practitioner or even a certified teacher especially never take instruction from a book or a video it's..it's totally irresponsible to do that when I say irresponsible, is it going to kill you? yes that also can happen but if that happens I don't think it's a big problem I don't think it's a big problem if somebody dies but if somebody lives and misses the possibility of knowing his life in a much deeper way that pains me see when I say, harm will happen to you it is not necessary that something should break in you or you should fall ill or something you missed the possibility of knowing isn't that harm enough? isn't that a terrible harm? see somebody caused harm to you does not mean you're young, you're growing up somebody caused harm to you does not mean necessarily they have to shoot at you somebody made sure that you did not get your education is that bad enough?...yes? isn't it bad enough so this is just like that on a much deeper level but the same thing, somebody denied you a possibility that's bad enough isn't it it is not that something has to go wrong in terms of your physical health or something else, but that also can happen without a very commited atmosphere there should be no transmission of yoga most people in the world will do better without yoga than with yoga now you know I am my whole activity in India mostly is in southern most part of India and now we have come to Bombay and other places but where I come from my native place I don't teach there all my friends and family whatever I know I never taught them yoga unless they come here where ever I am so when I go sometimes visiting so the first question, these days they've given up otherwise the question is always what you're teaching yoga all over the world why don't you teach me yoga, my back is hurting no yoga in uncommitted atmospheres to tell you how, to what extent I hope you understand this in the right perspective my mother was ill a few years ago, eight, nine years ago, I'm sorry, losing track of time, thirteen, fourteen years ago seriously ill we know that she's going to die my father being a physician my family is much more aware that she has a short span of time and that's the time a lot of somehow people are coming home and telling my mother oh you should see the yoga program you must attempt she's spiritually inclined, she's been initiated in a very early age at something but that's all as her death came closer she said I want to experience this I want to experience meditation I said okay and I'll organize a class in the town, you come she's in a bad condition but she could come as for me she could come, I could take her and do it but my father being a physician says no way is she going to leave the house for three and a half hours and sit there somewhere and anything may happen you know, if you want at home you do whatever no going and sitting in the class, I will not allow such a thing because she's not in that kind of condition I said it's okay, she can come but you know he is the senior man and you know how it is but my mother repeatedly expressing I want to experience meditation I said you convince him and come somehow any way you're going to die what is there if you fall dead in my class you just have three four months left so suppose you die two months early what is going to happen you do what you want to do, isn't it? but that's not how a doctor sees it. he wants to stretch it to the last minute she wouldn't have fallen dead I would have made sure that she experienced something truly worthwhile but this didn't happen. this went on twice I fixed programs so that it's convenient for her to come and attend but..no I refuse to teach it in an uncommited way, as a mother if you sit with me I'm not interested in teaching any yoga to any mother or sister or whatever nonsense if you sit with me, you have to sit right, properly, otherwise there's no question no point because it will not be what it should be so she died without yoga why I'm telling you this is that's how it is held, not because of some extreme attitude because we know the implications of what it is out of over eagerness or plain ignorance or because of commercial interests today, yoga is being taught everywhere without any sense once you do this, you will see you will kill the whole science modern science when it was evolving in the early twenties in the early part of the twentieth century all kinds of fake scientists came up and started claiming all kinds of fantastic inventions those days inventing something was fashionable because so many new things are happening everybody's claiming, okay all kinds of fantastic inventions then the responsible scientific community took time off from their work and established safeguards so that misuse of science does not happen science has reached this point today as quickly as it has only because of those safeguards similarly in the spiritual processes in India there were very rigid safeguards so that misuse and misinterpretation and damage does not happen but in the last hundred, two hundred years as I said either of...either because some people are over eager or they're just plain ignorant or they're unscrupulous people have just taken away all safeguards you can teach yoga on the beach, you can teach yoga in the theatre, you can teach yoga in the aerobic class you can't just do it anywhere, isn't it? this will not bring well being there's no question about that oh my back ache went away you're saying this I went to yoga my back ache went away you're happy your back ache went away but you don't know what you missed you went to yoga and you did not touch the other dimensions of life you did not create the possibility of slowly moving into other dimensions that's a terrible damage that's happened to your life you did not go, you do not know the possibility is still open you went and you missed it then the possibility is sort of closed, isn't it? so don't attempt teaching yoga, or reading books and trying to learn yoga please do not do such things if you want to learn asanas, those kind of things I think there are some people who are teaching it properly you could learn from them this dimension of yoga must be taught in a very committed atmosphere otherwise you should not transmit this kind of thing you'll bring more harm than well being

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Duration: 9 minutes and 35 seconds
Country: India
Language: English
License: All rights reserved
Producer: Isha Foundation
Director: Isha Foundation
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Posted by: ishafoundation on Jul 11, 2010

http://www.ishafoundation.org/ Sadhguru discusses the importance of proper yoga instruction, avoiding books, videos and instructors who've been quickly trained. (AO98)

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