The forms requiring deep hyper-mobility are not by themselves a purpose. But at advanced levels, their practice in the course of training is absolutely required as a means for coming into contact with the Limiting Margin. And the principal meaning of working out the physical plan lies with the expansion of the psychic-energy range.
But, despite the understanding of this general orientation, there is still a risk of particular physical traumas during the training due to a lack of experience. Reducing the possibility of traumatizing the organic body is secured through the use of the «body elements disposition rules», which are subject to the Balance and Phases Laws.
The Phases Law secures protection of the practitioner from traumas and the wear of the body due to excessively forcing the practice modes. Usually, such forcing results from overestimating personal readiness and the desire for excellence, which is delusion and leads to the loss of true sence in practice.
The Phases Law implies the transition, when ready, from simple to complicated, and from a sufficient quantity of practical experience to a required new quality. One’s measure of readiness is the margin of one’s capability to adjust to the training mode of the highest complexity level.
Protection is the first and main principle of any action. Because any action loses its meaning if it causes damage of the action participant. Descending the practitioner from the «ethereal heights» of fantasies caused by the romance of fiction books on «esoteric» topics. It is also caused by the injection into the practitioner’s consciousness of a substance containing the True Knowledge virus, which will prepare the perception of the technological content of the practice, and facilitate real Protection of the practitioner.
Protecting of the organic body in the course of practice is secured by the understanding of the Law of Balance, mechanics of movements and the «disposition» of the vectors of forces in the forms being practiced. Protection is also achieved by applying the «body elements disposition rule» to all the technical elements of the training program.
Presently, all modern Yoga schools throughout the world use the «body elements disposition rules».
Knowing these rules, and their application in the course of practice, is a special characteristic of the elementary literacy of both the practitioner and the professional Yoga teacher.
It is also required to understand the practice formation principle on the basis of energy forms. This is done with the «closing» or «opening» of channels in the appropriate manner. For example, Chinese QiGong practices are a perfect means to develop energy capabilities, but almost always within the limits of an existing body-conductor channel. If, from the point of view of opening or closing the energy channels, the Body Elements Disposition Rules, with the legs, arms or fingers spread apart or kept together (that does not include the development of hyper-mobility in joints) are expedient, then in the system orientated towards expanding the already attainable amplitude of mobility arsenal of readily achievable forms and perception range, the critical factor securing protection of the organic body from injuries and traumas is the «mechanical disposition principle». It is the sole means that can secure reliable balance of the body in the space and such kind of application of efforts by all of the auxiliary body elements, so that the resulting force can precisely reach the zone or point where going beyond the Limiting Margin is supposed.
The form of skeleton and its dimentional position serve the basis of the «Body Elements Disposition Rule». In this case the psychic-energy configuration is conditional upon the form and direction of the spine.
Looking at the skeleton one can see that the spine is a flexible system with two lines of joints, which allow one to do forward bends and back arches without causing defects in the joint connections of the vertebrae (spinal bones). And, on the contrary, rotations of the spine lead to changes in the mutual disposition of the vertebrae in the double-axis joint system.
According to the results of practical experience accumulated in various Yoga schools throughout the world, it is possible to say that the most vulnerable places of the human body are the lumbar and cervical sections of the spine, as well as the knees, elbows and fingers.
Safety from trauma of these elements is secured through consciously controlling the mutual disposition of the bones in the joint connections and by strengthening the muscles and tendons, which fix and control the joints.
Extremely harmful impact on the spine is exerted when turning is combined with forward bends or back arches. Such movements loosen the lumbar section of the spine in such a way that even healthy people may develop vertebral osteochondrosis. In «normally-atrophic invalids», it may be enough to rest one knee on the floor and make the bend combined with turning to cause mutual misplacement of the vertebrae and disks of the spine, resulting in unbearable pain and a visit to a doctor.
Concerning the knees and the elbows, which are the joints that move in a single plane, a serious problem for their construction is turning and overstraightening. This example is widely found within groups of enthusiastic Padmasana («Lotus-pose»), Mula Bandhasana and Kandasana practitioners, too many of who may «boast» knee meniscus traumas.
Yoga is not a sport, and comparing one practitioner’s achievements with those of another is not important in its Tradition. Moreover, if a comparison of external forms is made, everybody who reaches his personal Limit, even if practicing exercises pertaining to absolutely different levels of practice, are, in terms of absolute categories, at one and the same level of practice. The complexity level only determines the power and rate of the practice, but it is only the Power of the Limit, which transforms consciousness and strengthens the Spirit.
Therefore, the transition to more complicated practices and forms should occur naturally, only in line with the accumulation of experience and Power as the result of regular, gradual and cautious practice.