Pull your lower arm in toward you. Slowly continue until Yoga blocks the forearm is vertical, or as close as you can get to it. You may Yoga blocks experience only the pull, without any movement of the arm taking place. Stay in your best approximation of the pose for as long as you can, in order to strengthen the convex side. 1 Stage II Bend your upper leg, hold your toe or hook the belt onto the foot, and turn the heel forward to rotate the leg outward. Stretch the leg upward. Straighten the knee as much as possible. Keep your back against the wall and use your abdominal and back muscles to stabilize your pelvis as you raise the extended leg.
Post-structuralism and the power discourse of mysticism
Half a century ago when the influential yoga scholar Eliade defined the notion of the sacred as sui generis’ (the sacred – often appearing in mystic experiences – can only be explained with its own words), it was implicit that in his mind the yoga experience belonged to such sacred experiences. In this way, with a single stroke he turned yoga experiences’ into mystical experiences’: suddenly they slipped out of the grasp of our normal language and concepts and required their own. This twist should be of no surprise to us as we know that Eliade was influenced by Advaita Vedanta – a mysticist religio-philosophy. We have seen many examples of Brahmin Vedanta writings on yoga where they constructed yoga experiences as something ineffable – turya, brahman, non-duality: not this, not that’.
Many critical scholars believe that Eliade with this definition seriously set back our dialogue with religion, yoga, and mysticism (Jensen & Rothstein (eds.) 2000, Braun & McCutcheon (eds.) 2000). What Eliade precisely asserted was that
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