An analogy goes like this: the mind and the body, are two sides of a coin
Yoga is a term for an ancient India physical, mental, spiritual practice system, which originated more than 2000 years ago.
There are many types of yoga, today in this article, I’m going to talk mainly about Hatha Yoga, which is considered to be the most influential Yoga in the world, with most practitioners.
1. Yoga provides a spiritual path where one can achieve inner peacefulness.
Yoga is imprinted associated by many westerners to be a kind of body exercise involving physical postures(asanas), mainly dealing with weight loss, smoke quitting problems, increasing the strength of the muscles and so on
But more importantly, Yoga is one of the tools one can use to achieve self-realization, not only physically but spiritually. Better yet, you don’t have to be religious in order to engage in yoga
As people discovered what they could benefit from yoga: self-realization and awareness, in addition to physical and mental health, Yoga has been back in vogue for several decades.
For instance, hatha yoga stretches your body to its full flexibility and harmony through different postures, followed by Savasana or Yoga Nidra— lying down, taking a rest, to wrap it up.
But here we go, this very last step is what all the previous steps are aiming for, this is just where the “authentic” yoga begins.
Yoga sets no religious threshold for an individual to practice. Nonetheless, the essence of yoga perpetuates the core of most of the religions:
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2. Forget the Body
At first, yoga reminds you of focusing on your body by consuming and smoothing physical energy
After performing the body’s physical limits by somewhat “odd” and exhausting asanas, utilizing those seldom-used muscles you are unconscious of
At that moment, you lay down your body on the ground, suddenly you no longer feel the existence of the physical body.
Have you ever experienced that non-existence of the body after it achieved total relaxation?
I believe most people have
Scientific Research shows that the body and the mind are deeply connected. If you are struggling with obsessive or habitual thoughts that you don’t know how to get rid of, it may be better to begin with relaxing the body.
The goal is for you to forget about your body. When the body is no longer disrupting, subconscious emerges.
When the body reaches the physical extremes, the stillness of the mental relaxation and the tranquility is simultaneously obtained.
3. Release the Emotion
At that moment, some might experience a strong desire to laugh, weep or even burst into tears for no reason, the images, sounds, or feelings.
Your mind is presenting completely personal and different experiences from one another, notice what happens emotionally, physically, and mentally. Whatever it might be, they are just something your subconscious wants to release
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4. What you have to do is accept things as they are
Allow it to happen, if you want to cry, let the tears drop, try not to analyze what causes this insecurity, depression or sorrow, if you do, you might get caught by the ego again.
These emotions might result from childhood issues, family conflicts or a painful relationship, no matter what it is, it doesn’t matter anymore, no need to feel the urge to find out the reason
Why are you seeking the answer from the past while the present is the only thing that really counts?
This is a major difference between the principles of modern psychology and Yoga. The reasons are simpler than we think:
- Resistance creates reinforcement
Next, what’s mort important is do not resist. Resistance creates reinforcement, I know the emotions seem hard to burden, but these feelings have been waiting for years to tackle with.
Let them out. View them as an observer, create some distance between you and the pain body
- Obsession is another unwise tactic
For some other people, they go to the extreme of infatuation with these feelings, get obsessed with negative emotions( they do want these emotions unconsciously), they become so addicted to it that the notion of being a victim is constantly fed with Self-pity.
On the flip side, this fuels the cycle of repeating what you’ve always suffered.
The sorrow will be lingering as long as you immerse yourself in your feelings and after performing yoga, since it feels so good to justify your failure in life
But sometimes it is so hard to admit we are reluctant to pull ourselves back out from the memories, so we make excuses, blaming the wound was so deep to heal
Some might describe it as a colossal black hole inside of his heart, constantly dragging him down.
Trust me, this is no more than an illusion. You are the person responsible for your life. All you need to do is take some guts and make a decision.
Neither of the two methods provides you an open-minded perspective to self-realization.
5. Acceptance is the only prescription.
Next time if you sense any kind of emotion, don’t follow or deny
Experience feelings like watching a movie where you are aware you are just an audience. That’s all, you can resonate with or relate to some of the scenes
However, you know it is a movie and you are an outsider, nothing more than that. Watch closely what is happening in a neutral way, without judgment or expectation.
Once you are able to be unbiased towards your feelings, they will slip away just like the cloud floating in the sky.
Lao Tzu, the Great ancient Chinese sage whose Taoism theory had profoundly influenced the doctrine of Zen Buddism, once said in his well-known work, Tao Te Ching that:
“Understanding the good and the bad in other people is merely intelligence. While understanding one’s own nature is true enlightenment”
To know “yourself” involves the body and the mind. It is widely believed that the spirit is much more superior to the physical body
The inquiry of answers to the question about who we are. Why we are here and any other self -exploring queries.
On the contrary, the body with flesh and blood is no inferior to any form of spirit or soul, they are equally vital to our conscious evolution
Hope this article provides you with some insight about Yoga and helps you make the most out of your yoga sessions.
Well, as always, I hope you enjoyed reading my summary on yoga and I look forward to hearing what you think about all of this. So leave a comment down below. I hope you get a better understanding of yourself and discover your meaning of life.