Yoga creates an opening of a closer relationship to your body, self and soul.
Yoga helps you to better hear and understand its communication with you.
To unite; mind, body and soul. Yoga is creating a union and harmony in-between these aspects of who you partially are.
Only to mention a few, the practice creates the foundation to make:
- the parts more coherent and in synch with each other
- we want to express and communicate our lives in the same way that we live and feel on our inside
- a sense of authenticity of who you are as a person.
Yoga works deeply in your hormone system through the glands. The asanas (the yoga positions), are customized to normalize and balance the secretion of the hormones from the glands, which are all connected to the eight chakras.
The importance of breathing
An important part of the practice is the awareness of the breathing. There are several techniques to practice your breath. There are many benefits with the work, only to mention a few, it helps to :
- Harmonize the two brain hemispheres, it enhances the pathways in-between, to make the sympathetic and the parasympathetic equally energized
- To cleanse and to create new paths for the breathing waves
- Calm down the nervous system
- Reduce anxiety and symptoms of depression and fatigue.
The foundation of yoga is sourced from the yamas and the niyama, these are attitudes or recommendations how you engage with life and all its facetts. Aspects to think about and live with, in the life of the outer world, and how you can develop in your inner/spiritual work to grow. Read more about them here;
The Eight limbed path of yoga in the “Yoga Sutras” By Patanjali
• Ahimsa: nonviolence
• Satya: truthfulness
• Asteya: non-stealing
• Brahmacharya: non-excess (often interpreted as celibacy)
• Aparigraha: non-possessiveness, non-greed.
• Saucha: purity
• Santosha: contentment
• Tapas: self-discipline, training your senses
• Svadhyaya: self-study, inner exploration
• Ishvara Pranidhana: surrender
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There is a beautiful old Indian tradition or wisdom called Ayurveda (knowledge of life), that focuses on the right asanas specifically for you, for your dosha (your type, there are three). It also gives focus to the pace, the amount, specifically which areas you need to raise or lower the energy etc.
This is how yoga has been practicing traditionally since thousands of years. As a daily practice to create a strong body and a quiet mind, to be able to sit comfortably in meditation to visit the higher realms. To connect with more dimensions of who you are. Find your form. Read more about your Dosha in the recommended literature down below.