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鏡子 Mirror

Updated: Feb 17

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一般新學員來參觀艾揚格瑜伽校舍,除了發現各式各樣的瑜伽輔助工具感到好奇,亦因為發現校舍沒有安裝鏡子已感到疑惑。


有些學員會忍不住問:「為什麼校舍沒有安裝鏡子?」而我們的回答是:「我們是有鏡子的,但放在道具房裡頭,跟其他瑜伽工具一樣,需要的時候才會拿出來用。」學員聽了還是摸不著頭腦。


我們要明白到, 鏡子雖然有助我們糾正動作的雛形,但對我們的練習也造成一定程度的騷擾。


譬如在我們日常生活,當對著鏡子整理儀容的時候,發現面上長了暗瘡,那一刻的情緒是怎麼樣呢? 在佈滿鏡子的商場裡,我們也會不經意地停下腳步,整理一下蓬鬆的頭髮或歪了的領呔。哪你可否意會到,這些不自覺的行為習慣,會在我們的瑜伽練習中,造成多大的騷擾。


瑜伽宗師B.K.S. Iyengar 曾經說過:「瑜伽是一面可以讓我們照見內在自我的鏡子。」

要體驗這樣的有深度的經歷,練習的時候必須要將日常生活造成騷擾的物品拿掉,用最純粹的心去聯繫身體、呼吸和心智,培養高度的集中力。


若你發現自己在沒有鏡子的地方會感到難以練習,那麼你要重新審視鏡子到底是你練習的輔助或是已成為你的依附(attachment)。


Mirror

(translated by Shulan)

For first-time students visiting a Iyengar Yoga school, apart from feeling curious about the various yoga props therein, many of them would also be puzzled as to why there are no mirrors in the studio.


Some of these new students could not help but ask, “Why aren’t there any mirrors installed in the studio?” We would explain, “There are mirrors. But just like the other props, we keep them in the props room and will take them out for use as and when they are needed”. More often than not, we can tell from the students’ look that they remain bewildered.


It is important to understand that whilst mirrors can help us correct our initial posture in a pose, they can at the same time be a source of hindrance and distraction to our practice.


How so? Think of your daily life. When you look at the mirror and spot a pimple sticking out on your face, how do you feel instantly? When strolling around a shopping mall, upon seeing a mirror we would often spontaneously pause, tidy our hair, straighten our tie, so on and so forth. Likewise, can you then imagine how such subconscious behavior can hinder and distract us from our yoga practice?


Yogacharya BKS Iyengar had once said, “Yoga is a mirror to look at ourselves from within”.


To be able to go through such depth of experience in our yoga practice, we need to remove all objects from our daily lives which are sources of hindrance and distraction. We need to experience with the purist of our hearts, in order to connect our body, breath and mind.


If you find it difficult to practise without a mirror, you need to carefully assess whether the mirror is indeed an aid to you, or rather it has become an attachment.


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