Asana Yoga Practice
“You may note incidentally the word Religion is really identifiable with Yoga. It means a
- Aleister Crowley
Eight Lectures of Yoga
The body always a desire to move, stretch, scrape and it alters peace of mind
and body. This alteration is not recommendable to get objectives of initiation and Hindu
esoteric tradition has developed a practice or technique that permits learning to calm
and obtain peace: asana (position).
Asana is the first step of yoga. Pantanjali says: ‘Asana is what results firm and
pleasurable’. So, every comfortable position serves as asana, according to Hindu mystic
and we are agreed. There are several cases of people who have left yoga practice
because extremely complicated positions imposed by Hindu masters to their pupils.
We have to humanize yoga and we cannot permit that people be afraid and run away,
because exigencies and doctrinal impositions of their masters.
Novice work dedicates 10 minutes, every day of first month, to practice asana with one of
1. You must learn to sit perfectly still with every muscle
tense for long periods.
2. You must wear no garment that interferes with the posture
in any of these experiments.
3. The first position: (The God). Sit in a chair; head up,
back straight, knees together, hands on knees, eyes closed.
4. The second position: (The Dragon). Kneel; buttocks
resting on the heels, toes turned back, back and head straight,
hands on thighs.
5. The third position: (The Ibis). Stand; hold left ankle with
right hand (and alternately practice right ankle in left hand, &c.)
free forefinger on lips.
6. The fourth position: (The Thunderbolt). Sit: left heel
pressing up anus, right foot poised on its toes, the heel covering
the phallus; arms stretched out over the knees: head and back
7. Various things will happen to you while you are
practicing these positions; they must be carefully analyzed and
8. Note down the duration of the practice, the severity of the
pain (if any) which accompanies it, the degree of rigidity
attained, and any other pertinent matters.
9. When you have progressed up to the point that a saucer
filled to the brim with water and poised upon the head does not
spill one drop during a whole hour, and when you can no longer
perceive the slightest tremor in any muscle; when, in short, you
are perfectly steady and easy, you will be admitted for
examination; and, should you pass, you will be instructed in
more complex and difficult practices.
1. It is absolutely necessary that all experiments should be
recorded in detail during, or immediately after, their
2. It is highly important to note the physical and mental
condition of the experimenter or experimenters.
3. The time and place of all experiments must be noted; also
the state of the weather, and generally all conditions which might
conceivably have any result upon the experiment either as
adjuvants to or causes of the result, or as inhibiting it, or as
sources of error.
4. The I.O. / S.O.T.O. will not take official notice of any
experiments which are not thus properly recorded.
5. It is not necessary at this stage for us to declare fully the
ultimate end of our researches; nor indeed would it be
understood by those who have not become proficient in these
6. The experimenter is encouraged to use his own
intelligence, and not to rely upon any other person or persons,
however distinguished, even among ourselves.
7. The written record should be intelligibly prepared so that
others may benefit from its study.
8. The book John St. John published in the first number of
the “Equinox” is an example of this kind of record by a very
advanced student. It is not as simply written as we could wish,
but will shew the method. In addition the Master of the Temple is another
example of a magical record. Make sure to use the Thelemic date on each entry in
the magical journal.
9. The more scientific the record is, the better.
Yet the emotions should be noted, as being some of the
Let then the record be written with sincerity and care, and
with practice it will be found more and more to approximate to
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