Recently the concept of “following a path” came up in discussion with someone at a church I attended, and no wonder, it’s a very common metaphor in the spiritual and self-help communities. I tend to bristle a little at this idea however.
In the past, I’ve written about how a complete yoga practice that includes postures, breath and meditation can help you integrate the ayahuasca experience into your regular life. In this article, I’ll offer ways you can integrate the practices of Classical Yoga into the ceremonial ayahuasca experience to minimize discomfort and maximize benefit.
In one of his presentations Dr. Joe Tafur, an American medical doctor and co-founder of Peruvian healing center Nihue Rao, relates that from the indigenous shamanic perspective, issues such as anxiety, depression, PTSD, addiction, autoimmune disease and psychosomatic illness are caused by an accumulation of negative energies due to physical and emotional traumas, environmental toxins, poor diet, grief, sadness, anger and related blockages.
As I see it, there are two aspects of integrating the Ayahuasca experience. First, staying connected to the sense of unity and wholeness that we experience in ceremony, even after we return home, and second, taking action on the insights and guidance we received to create positive change in our life.