Has yoga changed your life? It’s likely since just about everyone who practices yoga has been touched somehow by its transformative power. Maybe you feel better in your body. Perhaps you’ve experienced more profound changes in your life, relationships, and worldview. But because these changes often take place over time, as part of a subtle and organic process, it can sometimes be hard to pinpoint exactly what it is about yoga that helps you to live a better life.
Many of us know yoga as a kind of exercise that incorporates breathing, various positions, and stretching thanks to the mainstream media. But yoga actually has its roots in India, where it was developed thousands of years ago as a spiritual discipline to advance human well being. Sanskrit Yuj, which means to connect or combine, is the root of the word “yoga.” In essence, yoga aims to harmonise the mind, body, and spirit as a means of overcoming suffering—something I believe we could all benefit from, don’t you?
The different yogic practices, such as the physical postures, breathing exercises, and meditation, not only directly enhance one’s health but also function as a systematic technology for life transformation, a means for breaking negative habits.
Yoga’s True Meaning
Yoga is a system of, shall we say, self-development, which is to say, a system to control the mind in order for us to grow and rise in consciousness and in understanding of our true nature.
The great Yogis understood that Yoga might be a wonderful gift to the West because we have been extremely excellent at pursuing the outward, material world based on media, but we have lost our ties with the inner world of awareness and direct perception to a large extent.
Yoga as a Spiritual Path
Yoga helps us rediscover our true selves. The Yoga Sutras refer to this state as “Chitta Vrutti Nirodhah,” a state in which the constant fluctuations of the mind have been stilled and we have gained control over ourselves. It leads us to the peace we can find within ourselves, to a stillness, and away from all the noise and clamour of the material world. The outside world loses its hold on us as we learn to see ourselves. The inevitable result is good health and happiness. The reward of true knowledge, when we would truly know our oneness with everything there is, is at the end of the path of self-transformation. This is the state of yoga.
THINGS TO KNOW WHILE TRANSFORMING YOUR LIFE WITH YOGA
1. Release to receive
You frequently breathe into the discomfort or tension of a pose when practising yoga. Even while doing this can be uncomfortable initially, the longer you hold the stance, the easier it gets. It expands the area, eases bodily tension, and gives you the impression that something has been released. In life, there are moments when holding on to something that no longer serves us or makes us happy prevents us from loving fully.
Although it can be challenging to let go of a person or item, when we do, we learn that by doing so, we open ourselves up to receiving more love and energy from other areas of our lives.
2. If you want to be loved by others, you must first love yourself.
We are often hard on ourselves, placing so many mental and physical demands on our bodies and then beating ourselves up for not eating well or not being productive enough or saying the wrong thing to the wrong person at the wrong time.
Your connections with other people will improve once you are comfortable with how you spend your time and how you treat yourself.
3. You already have all the room, adaptability, and strength you need inside of you, waiting to be utilised.
People frequently use “I’m not flexible enough” or “I could never do a headstand, I would be the worst person in the class” to justify why they could never practise yoga.
Even if that weren’t the case, be committed to practising yoga every day and pushing your body to the best of your ability is all that is required. Yoga isn’t about being “good enough,” naturally flexible, or mastering cool-looking poses.
4. Believe in your instincts
In the yogic sense, trusting your intuition would entail realising that getting out of bed and practising yoga would make you feel better than staying in bed and allowing the past to creep into present morning.
In a broader sense, trusting intuition now entails being honest with someone in a challenging situation or letting someone go if they make you unhappy.
5. Cut off and reconnect
A subconscious urge to feel wanted by and connected to others might lead us to become engrossed in screens and continually check our phones for updates.
6. Be graceful in navigating life’s transitions to avoid losing your bearings.
It is expected to desire to hold back or not fully commit when learning a new balancing stance or when placed in an unfamiliar environment to avoid falling or encountering rejection.
7. Take full advantage of your physical body as you plunge into the ocean of consciousness.
You frequently take for granted the fact that you have a functioning body with functioning senses that allow you to engage in physical activities and feel physical sensations. Little things, like concentrating on deep breaths throughout the class, serve as a good reminder of this.
8. In your vulnerability, you find strength.
It’s normal to stumble or experience discomfort when learning a new pose. We can feel more open than ever in some of the most vulnerable postures, like hip and heart openers like the wheel or half pigeon. Similar to this, expressing your desires in a vulnerable way without worrying about rejection or failure gives you the most chance of success.
9. There are active threads connecting each of us.
The energy impacts our surrounding community we emit as well as ourselves. It’s crucial to consider how our behaviour and energy can affect other people. Who knows whether it is just coincidence, but it never hurts to think pleasant thoughts and send good energy.
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WINDING UP THOUGHTS:
Yoga gives us an inner technology of the spirit, an inner technology of consciousness, an inner science of understanding ourselves, allowing us to directly perceive who we are and what the nature of reality is behind all the glitter of appearances, whether through our senses or through the media. It helps us become conscious. true awareness of oneself. You observe that the commotion and clamour of the outer world have less of an impact on you.
The first step to life transformation is to see what is, to acknowledge, at least to yourself, where you are right now. You may not be able to change patterns immediately, but all change begins with seeing clearly. If your first attempt doesn’t work, you might want to scale back your intention or try again.
Mr. Harish Singh Pawali aka Hari Pawali
Owner and Founder of Shree Hari Yoga School