‘There is frequently more to be learned from the unexpected questions of a child than the discourses of men.’
Prejudices can keep us from thinking freely. When we enter a conversation with someone, or a course, or visit a city, without judgment we will discover, enjoy and find out more than we would have done if we were constantly measuring our findings to the judgments we had in advance. Through education, training and culture we tend to always meet up to how things should be. In a way this is also a prejudice. It’s not easy to learn to make clear distinction between what you think from prejudices or what is pure observation.
In yoga we train our distinctive ability by opening our 6th chakra (Ajna), ajna literally means: Organisation, rank. Better known as our third eye. This name suggests, this chakra is related to seeing. It trains us to see clearly, without being distracted by what we have learned from the past, by education etc. This chakra is also the center of your innate intelligence.
Beside opening the third eye chakra, we practice control of the senses; pratyahara (= withdrawel, de 5e anga (= limb) from ashtanga yoga)
Pratyahara means your ability to be able to withdraw from your senses, in other words not be a slave of your senses, especially our sight can be a destroyer of our happiness. You know, the grass is always greener in our meighbour’s garden. It doesn’t mean that your senses aren’t usefull, but through pratyahara, you’ll use your senses to be able to connect to your inner self. Yoga practice will even open your senses more. Try to observe yourselve objectively during class while performing a posture. In most yoga studios you won’t find mirrors, because your reflection will provide new challenges to let go prejudices. Which sometimes is good to practice by the way.