Tucson Daily Citizen from Tucson, Arizona on February 3, 1973 · Page 44
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Yoga Continued from page 7 She demonstrated the-'correct-way.-of breathing-- into (and out of) the diaphragm rather than the chest. This can be achieved by first panting like a dog ~ "huh-huh- huh" -- to get the correct feel. With a little practice, the deep breathing eventually comes naturally. She does not teach meditation as such, because most of her students are more interested in the physical aspects of yoga -- the postures or "asanas." However, Hatha yoga provides the basics for your own form of meditation. By learning to be totally relaxed, meditation can be entered into on your own. "Hatha teaches you how to organize your mind and your life," she said. "You" learn what is most important and you learn to relax . . . to not sweat the small stuff." Each posture has its own purpose, but the prime purpose of all is to bring the body into a state of balanced health and harmony. "Where you have a truly healthy body, the nervous system and the mind are in a better state and you have a healthier outlook on life," she said. Putting me through a lesson, after the breathing dem- onratiqn, 'she started rotating several postures, explaining their origin and their use. Many movements are taken from animals, she said. One, in which the arms are swung loosely from side to side; re- sembles'that of an elephant. It is also similar to that of a / young child who shyly shifts from foot to foot, swaying back and forth. .: "It's nature's - way," she ·· said. "We've gotten too far away from nature." Many of the postures involve movements first in one direction, then in the- opposite direction. One position moves things out of-place, but when it is reversed, they fall back into the correct place. This helps .particularly if something is "out of whack." Chiropractors often use this technique, she observed. Mrs. Hill was badly injured in an automobile accident several years ago. .and she cred- The MLaharisM's World Plan: A Mantra In Every Home Mrs. Hill cannot g^t into the full lotus position, but she tries. An example of the position is on page 6. its yoga with helping her regain full mobility. - One frustration however: She cannot get.into the full lotus position pictured on page 6. ' , "People who do yoga don't have hardening of the ar- teries," she argued. "The blood vessels are continually being cleansed through the different movements." ~ She conceded that yoga does not heal anything, but contended that the body will heal 'itself when all parts are working properly. Mrs. Hill stressed that good nutrition also is part of good health. A devotee of "healthy" foods, she also plans a class in cooking to introduce natural foods that will be accepted.by entire families. Yoga is good for everyone, Mrs. Hill asserted. A class for businessmen proved to be" a real success with the students, she said. And her own husband cut down his smoking from two packs to 10 cigarettes a day with her help. Her ultimate goal is teaching a student to bring bis body and mind together -- 'attaining a greater body awareness and greater mental awareness. "You must think into your body," she said. "You can control parts of your body, like slowing down your heart beat or bringing up your body temperature ^- all by total relaxation and concentration." I was a good student. I joined in at the appropriate times as she droned, "Ooooohmmmm," while enjoying the totally relaxed, sensation that she had earlier, described. It was painless. I already was iookjng forward to my next lesson. By William J. Cromie 'Enterprise Science News Service Maharishl Mahesh Yogi announces his "world plan" to the press. HOUSTON Maharishi Mahesh Yogi is sure he has found a way to bring greater happiness to every person in the world and to coive all the world's problems. The Indian guru has announced an ambitious "world plan" that will attempt to accomplish both goals. Seated' on a gold-colored love seat surrounded by artificial flowers and a painting of his own guru, Maharishi said that meditating 30 to 40 minutes a day would reduce anxieties, tensions, depression, irritability, inhibitions and psychosomatic diseases, at the same time increasing self-assuredness, good humor, creativity, spontaneity and expressiveness. The guru, who won fame trying-to soothe the anxieties of Mia Farrow and the Beatles, explained that there are more than 300,000 meditators in the world and that the number of Americans now taking up the technique is more than 5.000 a month. When every person in the world is exposed to the benefits of transcendental meditation, the world will be a happier, more peaceful place to live, he said. To reach this point, Marharishi envisions one teacher of meditiation for every 1,000 people. To train them he plans 3,600 academies all over the world, including Russia and China. It costs $75 for four 90-minute lessons on how to meditate ($45 for college students). If "A number of Bible sayings are mantras" Maharishi reaches his goal of 250,000 meditators in the U.S. in the next two to three years -- half adults and half stu- .dents -- that comes out to $15 million. The tab for learning to be a teacher of meditation is $600, so if there is one teacher for every 1,000 people in a world population of 3.6 billion, that works out to a staggering $2,11)0,000,000. Those who "market" transcendental meditation are quick to point out that it is compatible with all religions, requires no change in beliefs, no offbeat or ascetic life style, involves no contorted positions and avoids hypnotism. . Aspiring meditators start off by attending two free lectures which are designed to explain the theory behind transcendental meditation. Those who sign up for a course then go to a 90 or 120-minute private session with a teacherwho works out what is called a "Mantra" for each student. The mantra is the key to meditation, and the different mantras, together with how they are assigned, are closely kept secrets. "Actually, the mantra is ·just a phrase that helps you concentrate on the.jmeditation and keeps your mind from wandering," says Dr. Elmer Green of the Mehningef Foundation in Topeka, Kan. "A number of Bible sayings are mantras." Sitting upright, with his eyes closed, the student listens to the teacher chant his mantra. He then begins chanting, himself. The idea is to shut out all . external noise, movements and thoughts, and relax the body until you slip into a state of deep but fully, conscious restfulness. After the first ses-. sion, there are three more group sessions in which the student practices the technique of going into a meditative state. From here on, the meditator is on his own. To get full benefit, a person should meditate regularly twice a day, usually in the morning and evening, or at times of unusual stress. One "There isa danger that cultism could groiv from t/iis" businessman, said to be completely skeptical of the technique at first, now meditates on the commuter train every evening. He says the whole world has changed for him, his anxieties have gone and he is in harmony with his surroundings. Green calls Maharishi's world plan "extremely ambitious. -"There are other techniques that are equally valuable -yoga, Zen, self-hypnosis and alpha dynamics -- for example. I doubt if one of them can corner the market. "Some meditation people are sold on the idea .that this is the only true system. There is a danger that cultism could grow from this. Also, it is just not as simple as taking four lessons and learning a mantra. A lot of people will go into continuous exploration of themselves, and the processes get more and more complex as you go deeper and deeper." Green sums up meditation this way: "It's a personal experience. Different people get different things out of it. Anyone who is interested enough to pursue it, should get some benefit from it." PAGE 8 TUCSON DAILY CITIZEN SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 1973 . J, '

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