How to Introduce Yoga into Our Life
Yoga is a psycho-physiological activity which involves a combination of bodily postures along with psychological and mental processes. The aim of all yogic practices is to turn our consciousness inwards to achieve a state of concentration and inner calmness. Yoga works in a systematic way to achieve a state of well-being and calmness. At Akshara Yoga School we are committed to offer Yoga based on its principles for its easy introduction into one’s life. We can enumerate the principles of yogic intervention in the following sequence.
Though yoga is a discipline of mind, however in order to purify the mind it is necessary for the body to go under purification. With the purification of body, the energy blocks are released and various body systems are properly maintained and harmonized.
Diet modification (Ahara)
Yoga emphasizes on mitahara, which are related to quality and quantity of food and also the state of mind during the intake of food. Food should be light and freshly cooked. Mitahara also advocates that the food should be eaten with positive state of mind with utmost concentration.
Postural modification (Asana)
While training the mind it is essential to be able to assume a stable and agreeable position, so that the mind is free from bodily interference. Therefore asana develops the ability to overcome the urge that compels us to move or change position. It brings stability in body.
Relaxation can be brought about by recreation and creative activities. These activities bring joy and happiness. There are also specific relaxative asanas such as shavasana and makarasana which remove tension and bring physical and mental relaxation.
Breath modification (Pranayama)
Through breath modification we regulate the breath and its rhythm by slowing it down. There is a close connection between the flow of respiration and the dynamics of mind. With slow breath mind achieves the capacity to concentrate.
Concentration brings “one-pointedness” of mind on a chosen object focused upon internally. It helps the mind in penetrating the essence of the object and grasp its nature internally.
When concentration is spontaneous it turns into meditation. In this stage there is an effortless flow of the object of concentration. This enables the mind for supra-sensory cognition of object to know its underlying Reality. In this stage the mind is absolutely calm.
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