At some point, we have all been overwhelmed and invaded by these issues. Once these points have been questioned, each one chooses the most appropriate strategy for himself, to return or try to return to his essence and internal balance.
- When was the last time you had time to do NOTHING?
- When was the last time you did something for the first time?
- When did you stop painting, writing, playing the sax, walking, being you?
- Do you recognize yourself? Do you recognize that me you live in?
Here we present a series of tools that we consider, from our own experience, the perfect symbiosis to live in harmony.
The first is Walk, that’s all.
Some researchers argue that the human way of walking, carrying weight on the front of the foot, began with Homo erectus nearly two million years ago. Today, we spend too much time sitting and with an overstimulation of electronic devices that keep us from interacting with each other and reconnecting with ourselves. Usually we even move away from ourselves, in many cases unconsciously, and in others, due to our inability to assume our reality.
The Way of St. James allows you to give yourself that interaction, that space, time, silence, listening, permission and truth. In this experience you have the opportunity to be, to reconnect with you through mountains, valleys, forests, trails … where the best melody are your steps.
Slowly you will perceive how the senses are awakening. You will look with new eyes, you will smell forgotten aromas, you will taste food with pause and consciousness, you will hear the sound of nature and you will touch water, air and earth.
You will embrace and be embraced in the most sincere way you have ever lived. For if the Way allows anything, it is to achieve a transforming journey, where you can undress everything and dress yourself.
The second one is Yoga.
Yoga, is a Sanskrit term that comes from the word yug (yoke in Spanish), which means to unite, link, and by extension conciliar and harmonize. This practice, according to the definitions of Patanjali (500 BC), is the cessation of mental agitation.
This discipline is the oldest method of conscious evolution and self-realization, through which mind, body and spirit unite, honoring that “yoke” that is yoga.
The origins of Yoga are difficult to pinpoint and may date back more than five or six thousand years according to some researchers. In present-day Pakistan, archaeological remains of ceramic seals, in which yogis appear seated in the classical posture of meditation, place this discipline with an antiquity of at least more than 5000 years. What can be affirmed is that the evolution of yoga is intimately linked to India.
With its arrival in the western world, yoga has become an increasingly widespread practice. This has resulted in the practice sometimes focusing on a more physical perspective, losing sight of the mind-body connection and becoming more spiritually involved in its realization.
We often assume that the benefits of yoga are toned arms, a flexible body and the ability to reverse our body over the head. But the practice of yoga goes far beyond the physical.
In the same way that the objective of yoga practice is not to complete an asana, such as achieving an inverted posture, it is also not the objective of the Way to reach the end of the stage, or even Santiago de Compostela.
The step by step through each stage reveals most of the learning that the Way gives us. The true goal is not the path, but that during which it happens as we try to reach it. The practice of yoga is not about enlightenment or connection with divinity, but it is about learning, understanding, observing and remaining during the process itself. Only by being very present in these processes, whether walking or on our mat, can we become.
The Way of St. James is not simply a route. Originally it emerged as a spiritual route associated with religion, people were already on pilgrimage to ask the Apostle for help to solve a problem, or seeking absolution of a sin.
Today many people walk without a reason of faith, even though they all share the same intention: to heal.
Both the practice of Yoga and the Way of St. James link the purpose of seeking our essence and, therefore, happiness. In our yoga practice, through our postures and breaths (physical plane), we obtain a clear and open mind. This one moves to the compass of the body in synchrony with the breaths, which will make us run towards the spiritual plane, reporting us balance and clarity.
In the same way, the fact per se of walking helps us on physical, mental and emotional levels. Not only is it a physical action, but along the way we leave behind those layers of judgments, fears and limiting beliefs that take us away from our true self. This allows us to open ourselves without expectation to what happens, so that any situation lived can be received as a learning and we can transfer the experiences of the Way to our own life.
Yoga, like the Way, allows you to know yourself and how you show yourself before yourself and the world.
In both cases they are nothing more than tools of self-knowledge and growth, which together form a perfect tandem to return to our center, so forgotten during our daily lives.
What you will need to practice yoga on the Camino
For your yoga practice, all you need is comfortable clothes, a mat and those materials that you usually use to make your practice easier (belt, block, essential oils, scarf or shawl for savasana).
But without a doubt, the most important thing for the practice of yoga is you and what you are at that moment. You will always have to take into account the state in which you are to carry out the practice, accepting who you are, how you are and recognizing everything that happens inside of you. Only in this way will you be able to make your body aware, allowing it to manifest all these emotions through practice.
As for materials, you don’t have to worry about the additional load, since if you travel with us you will have a luggage transport service between stages. We recommend you to use a hiking backpack, since practically all of them have moorings to carry objects, such as mats or sacks, in a comfortable way.
In the practice that we propose to you during the Way, we gather:
– Meditations at dawn
– Sun salutation
– Meditations at sunset
– Greeting to the moon
– Practices of Hatha Yoga, Yin Yoga and Restorative Yoga
There are multiple branches and schools of Yoga, but we will work with those that help to complete the stages of the Path in an integrative way. So we will do not very demanding practices, after the kilometers walked at the end of each stage. They will be relaxing and repairing practices.
The benefits of yoga on your Path
Benefits to the body.
Yoga at the beginning and at the end of the stage: To begin the day practicing yoga, connects us with our body, that instrument that allows us to live magical experiences. This practice acts as a previous warm-up for walking, which together with meditation helps us to have a purpose in the stage and in the day. On the other hand, the practice of the end of the day will help us to assimilate better all that we lived during the day and to relax body and mind for a perfect rest.
The physical exercise of walking will make you feel empowered, motivated and connected. This, combined with a couple of hours of the day dedicated to practice, will make the benefits double and will also bring much more intensity and clairvoyance to your experience.
At physical levels, the practice helps us to tonify and improve our muscles, strengthen bones, improve the immune system, regulate metabolism, reduce inflammation levels, or improve lung capacity through breathing, among other things.
Benefits to the mind.
On the mental and spiritual plane: the practice of this discipline will help you to understand or solve the problems or needs you have in your head. Yoga accelerates the processes of understanding oneself.
If you understand the reality it brings, you will be able to understand yourself in particular and as part of a whole.
Promotes the ability to relax, relieves stress, fights insomnia, helps control anger, panic attacks and other crises. It reduces anxiety and increases creativity and work performance.
Benefits to the spirit.
This practice will help you to focus, to have a greater concentration and to find your balance and place in this society. It gives you tools to live with a greater presence and awareness, helping you to be more lucid when making decisions. You will learn to act under new patterns of healthy behavior, breaking with old toxic or limiting customs. All this will make you happier.
As for the environment, practicing yoga on the Camino de Santiago will allow you to experience the benefits of Yoga in privileged places. It will allow you to understand through nature itself, internal processes that will help decode messages encrypted within you. Nature, like the people you will meet, will be a mirror of what you want to vibrate with, where you want to go and what you need to understand, to be in harmony and coherence with yourself and your environment.
The context will help to reconnect with our being and with the whole of which we are a part.
The relationship we will have with other people will be completely different as a result of our practice. The path will put us in a position to give and receive answers to that which we cannot understand or which is difficult for us to glimpse, so we will enter the field of seeking others to receive answers to our own search.
Whether you are going alone or in a group, Viajes Camino de Santiago will plan your Camino in quiet, rural and idyllic natural surroundings that will allow you to live the unforgettable experience of the Camino de Santiago, from a level of awareness, permission and openness that will help you heal and grow as a person.
Tabla de Contenidos
- 1 The first is Walk, that’s all.
- 2 The second one is Yoga.
- 3 What you will need to practice yoga on the Camino
- 4 In the practice that we propose to you during the Way, we gather:
- 5 The benefits of yoga on your Path