|High Tech Yogas
A new approach to yoga has been arising today in the modern and technological world, what is
called "high tech" yoga. High tech yogas try to use the means of technology
as part of the practice of yoga. They may involve watching special videos, listening to subliminal
tapes, using equipment or machines to stimulate the brain and senses or alter the brain waves,
wearing of goggles etc.
Their form is generally passive. We watch or listen to something, or let
someone or some machine work on our energy, and it is supposed to have an elevating affect upon us
or even bring us to enlightenment. While such things may be helpful in
working with the outer aspects of our nature, like healing the body,
they are not appropriate in the realm of spiritual practices. Even in
healing the body inorganic energies, which is all that machines can produce, have a deranging
affect upon the life-force or prana.
True yoga practice is never passive. Passivity creates
fragmentation, disintegration. Integration is only possible through cultivating our own direct
experience and creative process in life, not in what is gained second
hand. Subliminal messages are a form of hypnosis and a
violation of our consciousness. They encourage a state of
unconsciousness and wishful thinking.