Asking for What You Want
Thursday, December 10, 2009, 10 am Pacific, 11 am Mountain, Noon Central, 1 pm EST, 7 pm Zurich and Istanbul
An old saying says: ‘Ask and ye shall be given’, yet even though this principle holds true, the difficulties that we encounter to manifest it are many. According to the Yoga philosophy, a wish is an idea that serves as a mold that the Universe is later on in charge of filling up, if we are committed to it.
Jasta Uthanasana – The attitude of Salutation is a specific four part technique intended to help us:
- Identify and ask for what we want
- Open ourselves to receiving it
- Commit to doing something about it
- Manifest our wishes
This simple yet powerful technique can be practiced by anyone regardless of level of experience and in virtually any place.
Try out the two activities below before the tele-interview!
Activity 1: Hasta Utthanasana
(The attitude of Salutation)
- Stand straight with the feet shoulder width apart and the arms straight forward with the hands together.
Spiritual purpose: Connect with a wish deep inside
- Inhale and raise the arms forward and above the head keeping the head straight in between the arms
Spiritual purpose: Elevate your petition to the higher spheres (of knowledge, of creation, of the cosmos)
- Exhale and open the arms into a ‘cross’ position while tilting the head backwards
Spiritual purpose: Open yourself to receive what you are asking for
- Inhale and raise the arms above the head till the hands touch
Spiritual purpose: Commit to ‘doing something’ to get that what you are asking for
- Exhale and return to the starting position lowering the arms forward and down.
Spiritual purpose: Bring that what you are asking for to manifestation in your present life, path, journey
Following are some benefits of this exercise:
Physically, Hasta Utthanasana helps the pectoral muscles stretch and relax while working on the shoulders and upper back. It strengthens the neck and shoulder muscles.
Psychologically, this practice helps one identify and connect with one’s true wishes and it offering a physical vehicle for the manifestation of those wishes.
Spiritually, it reminds one of the need of remaining open to the different ways in which that what we ask for might come to us. It also remind us of the need of ‘doing one’s own part’ in the manifestation of one’s own personal goals and it deepens the connection with the self. It also offers a physical way of supporting the process of asking for what one needs while focusing in oneself versus on the outside world.
This practice should be modified if one is going through any kind of shoulder of upper body conditions respecting physical pain and working progressively towards the full execution of the asana.
Activity 2: Sankalpa(Resolve)
Think of the perfect way in which you want an intention to manifest and then state it in a phrase that expresses it in the present tense and avoids using the word ‘no’ or terms that express negativity. Be fully present in each term of the resolution. Acknowledge any arising thought and let it go, then move to the next repetition.
The translation of the word Sankalpa is resolve or resolution. It refers to the application of the use of will power in the form of a decision making process. It takes the form of a short mental statement, which is imprinted by repetition, on the subconscious mind. Sankalpa influences, with determination and intention, the way things are to happen, and stating so. The most common way is repeating, internally or by saying out loud, a word or phrase that expresses your determination. The definition of Sankalpa refers to both the name of the technique, as well as the statement itself.
The western expression of this technique is the Affirmation. It is interesting to note that whereas ‘affirming’ implies the acceptance of some form and degree of denial of the intention affirmed, ‘resolving’ allows not such denial. In that sense, resolving is more powerful than affirming.
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This is Dr. Sally Gelardin of Careerwell Tele-Interviews. Welcome Antonio Sausys. Antonio is a somatic health practitioner and yoga professor specializing in one-on-one yoga therapy for people with medical and emotional conditions, both chronic and acute. He integrates modern body-oriented psychotherapy and ancient yogic teachings. Antonio teaches and lectures at U.C. Berkeley, College of Marin and other Bay area institutions. He is a faculty of the American Yoga College and the former Honorary Secretary of the International Yoga Federation for North America. In addition to speaking engagements and workshops, he is an accomplished opera singer, accordion player, and actor. He is fluent in four languages (Spanish, English, Portuguese and Italian).
1. You are a specialist in grief therapy. How does asking for what you want relate to grief?
2. You are a psychotherapist who has been specializing in application of yoga. How did you come to do grief work?
3. You also work with individuals experiencing life-threatening situations, such as cancer. You say, "Spirit cannot have cancer." What does that mean?
4. You say, "All our lives are threatened." With this in mind, what can we do?
5. Our speaker last month said that most of us will work at least half a century (50 years) How can we bring balance into our work?
6. You told me you are from Uraguay. How does your immigrant experience influence how you work and live?
7. Yoga and psychotherapy practices have been around a long time, but they seem to be more accepted now. Could you give us a little history and why they are more accepted now?
8. How could career practitioners and counselors introduce Yoga into their practice?
9. Could you give us a brief yoga exercise related to asking for what you want in work and life? (Sankalpa)
10. Do any listeners want to talk about the Sankalpa exercise?
11. Could you summarize how we can ask for what we want in work and life through Yoga practices?
Thank you Antonio, for sharing with us how to ask for what we want, using Yoga principles.
Listeners, stay tuned for a fabulous line-up of interviews for the new year. But first, I am delighted to report that Mary Jacobsen will speak next week, December 17, on Positive Psyhology. Then In January we feature best-selling author John Gray (men are from mars) on Jauary 7, Carol McLelland (green careers for dummies) on January 14, and Jan Johnston-Tyler (neurodiversity, providing career advising for individuals with hidden disabilities) on January 28. Look forward to your participation in these great upcoming tele-interviews.
Antonio Sausys (B.A. Psychology, M.A. body-oriented Psychotherapy) is a somatic health practitioner and yoga professor specializing in one-on-one yoga therapy for people with medical and emotional conditions, both chronic and acute. During his career, Antonio discovered a key correlation between modern body-oriented psychotherapy and ancient yogic teachings, and has integrated the best practices from both worlds. He applies specific yogic techniques for individuals to create a “Yoga Sadhana”. This is a specific and personalized yogic routine that best serves the individual’s needs and abilities, integrating mind, body and spirit to fully embrace the experience of life. He studied with yoga masters and teachers such as Swami Maitreyanada, Indra Devi, Ram Dass and Larry Payne. He continued his professional development with training in Foot Reflexology, Swedish Therapeutic Massage, the Degriefing Process and Reiki. Antonio teaches and lectures at U.C. Berkeley, Alive and Well, Institute of Conscious Body Work, College of Marin, is a faculty of the American Yoga College, and is the former Honorary Secretary of the International Yoga Federation for North America. In addition to speaking engagements and workshops, he is an accomplished opera singer, accordion player, actor and is fluent in four languages (Spanish, English, Portuguese and Italian).