Some literature on Yoga repeatedly mentions different and, on first sight, untraditional types of Yoga training. They told about mysterious Himalayan respa-yogis who cover great distances on mountain pathways at night, stand under ice-cold mountain waterfalls for hours, or compete in the number of wet sheets that can be dried on their backs in a minus thirty degrees Celsius frost. Stories about traveling pilgrims who cover many kilometers in the Himalayas in groups consisting of several hundred persons marching to a drumbeat, and about fish-yogis who do not drown or spend hours in cold water, etc. But still there have been no publications that could give at least partly reasonable explanations about how and why these methods were practiced by these yogis.
These practices have been used in Yoga not first millennia and have a deep sacral meaning. In this book we will remove the mysterious veil and present some aspects of these special practices in the context of the material under study. Even more so, as the supposed readers of this book are the residents of a region with cold winters, and the experience of the Himalayan yogis living at high altitudes, where the climate is also cold, may not only be of cognitive interest to them, but may also be of practical use.
Among man’s numerous actions, the most natural ones have been polished by hundreds of thousands of years of evolution, and have been critical to life for this entire time. Such actions, first of all, include walking, running and swimming, as well as the ability to adjust to any climate changes (instead of creating for yourself a «hothouse» climate in modern apartments).
Walking, running and swimming have one common characteristic. These activities are performed as multiple rhythmic movements, synchronized with the breath and assist concentration of attention. The same is applicable to the all Vinyasas. So, it is possible to say that walking, running and swimming are also varieties of natural Vinyasas.
In modern times, these actions are still important in terms of the evolution of the consciousness, preserving health and life, as well as the vitality of humans as a biological variety. With the continued development of these natural activities, a man does not break the line of one of mankind’s most ancient evolutionary achievements, and may achieve many new qualities that were not attainable by him before.
The Yoga Tradition developed special walking, running, swimming and tempering methods that continue to live in the rituals of particular Hindu and Buddhist religion sects.
These rituals assist the practitioner in entering into changed states of consciousness. They are practiced as heroic spiritual deeds that develop the body and strengthen the Power of Spirit.