Ancient yoga practice in India was originally conducted on kusha grass, on hard earth without any cover.
Why did we invent the Yoga Mat, why did we actually end up building a whole industry and fashion show out of a yoga mat subject ?....
Here is my found reason, and the energy explanation that resonates the most with my practice and my teachings. ..
We live in a world where one of the most important elements of our existence is going at so many levels, under what we call "invasive states". The Planetary Natural Space is taken over for transformation, where natural balance is ignored in the benefit of the "humanity", the Social Space gets controlled and completely manipulated by norms that keep populations under "order", that again, does not support Human nature, but rather Social Nature...
At the end of it, going inwards into the Humanity Matrix, the PERSONAL SPACE gets impacted the most, and reason for invasive results, is lack of healthy relationships, unfair exchanges of energy and unawareness of ways to create clear boundaries...
As individuals responding to such invasive phenomena, we have developed 2 ways of reacting: either fighting for our personal space, and falling under Anxiety disorders, or wanting to give it up, and falling under Depression.
Anxiety and Depression are 2 major Energy invasion symptoms that are labeled as the Modern Times Diseases. Stress is the first SIGN of falling under either/or fighting or giving up.
And with all this awareness, we are still not finding a clear way out of our trap, a clear way to step on the side, take a break in order to HEAL, become AWARE, develop a SPIRITUAL SENSE of reality which at the basis is the essence of a Human Being. We are driven so far away from our essence, that it becomes, in time, less and less accessible.
The Yoga Mat is ONE clear subconscious social behaviour that we have created to mark our territory, our personal space, our boundaries with the rest of the world.
When you find yourself on the Mat, you are subconsciously SAFE, you know your limits, you work within that space and you know FOR SURE that NOONE else will be stepping into your space, unless it will have the purpose of HELPING, GUIDING or HEALING, which is the presence of a Teacher, that is symbolically felt like the ONLY supportive presence, just like a personal guide, light to follow, trusted presence.
The Personal Space of a YOGA MAT gives you the opportunity to WORK with and within YOURSELF, which is a unique/personalized way to show sovereignty and will to manifest.
When you are on the MAT, you are ALONE, the purpose of any kind of Yoga practice on the space of a Mat, is the only essence that remains untouched from the ancient teachings of Yoga: You will work Within, you will connect with yourself and will become aware of your presence, starting with your Breath and going on with any Physical, Emotional or Mental reality that is so intimate and personal to discover, connect with and apply changes by choice, that NOBODY else can do that for you!
Once the Space is Safe to allow yourself to express, change and elevate your energy, what you do on the MAT is a CLEAR REFLECTION of what you do in life.... it is your work on your ways of: DISCOVERING, ACCEPTING, UNDERSTANDING, FINDING PATIENCE, FINDING REASONS, FINDING WILL TO MOVE ON, FINDING DISCIPLINE, OPENING UP TO CONNECTION, FINDING LOVE FOR SELF AND OTHERS, BUILDING MOTIVATION, DISTROYING NEGATIVE DISTRUCTIVE THINKING PATTERNS, and more...
all these, are POWERFUL words reflected or NOT in your behaviour on the MAT.
Your self care, discipline and consistency in living a purposeful life, IS your PRACTICE.
Whatever it is that you practice on a Yoga Mat, is what follows you in life, and if there is ANYTHING that you want to change in your life, in order to make it easier in a SPACE that is continuously invaded, you will have the power to reverse that by committing yourself being in a personal space practicing to go "inside" your own Being and turn that switch on, or off.
Briefly, your Personal Space is energy defined by a Yoga Mat, you will find ways to heal only when you find yourself inside, and willing to change.
In Faith that I will be seeing you on the MAT. Be well!
200TTC in Rishikesh, India