Each posture applies direct pressure on the nerves and glands, therefore tunes and tones the nerves and balances hormones. This in turn has a cleansing effect since the lymphatic system is also simulated, increasing functionality of the organs. Yoga releases and removes blockages, boosting a free flow of energy to body and mind. Having a direct influence on the nervous system not only becomes highly effective for the treatment of stress, tension and nervousness, in addition, provides nurture and repair to damaged tissue and joints. A gentle and harmonious approach combined with subtle exercise, avoids the risk of further damage to connective tissue, whilst actively stimulating life-giving blood flow, through breathing into areas of neglect and injury.
The Bihar school of Yoga found that muscles relax by directing attention along with integrating breath, to a specific area, sending relaxed impulses back to the brain thus relaxing the mind. Synchronising movements with the awareness of breath activates the attentive mind, allowing us to not otherwise ponder on tensions and stress. Here, neutrality arises. There is a subtle shift of brainwaves that deepen our capacity to relax back to our natural state, a crucial stage for healing to take place. One must be fully absorbed in the practice and be relaxed in order to reach cellular level, freeing physical knots and tensions in body and mind.
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Once beyond the physicality of yoga, a consistent practice allows spontaneity to arise, thus practise integrates through daily life. A more peaceful state of being’ is experienced. When you re-establish the self, moving away from the T. the individual personality, you start living inner peacefully, nurturing self again. This reflects externally, no longer redundant from healing resources that lay within, attracting healthier living.
Shifting mood through asana:
The appearance of moods can lead us to believe we are not in the mood to do. It is important to consider our moods/emotions are not our ultimate truth, and such moods can be shifted. Have you noticed the luminosity at the end of a yoga practice where you feel completely removed from a heavy feeling or thought, prior to the practice? This is the alchemical effect of yoga.
Though seemingly easier to stay bored or stuck in a mood, it is far from satisfying, especially for the Soul. When you let the initial impulse to do’ pass, you create a bigger challenge for mind to now do. Get out of mind and in body to change your mind, this activates the force needed to stimulate the energetic system, thus shifting mood. Don’t listen to the mind …just do the doing! A simple act of not reacting to the mind’s thoughts can change perspective and lift the mind.
Useful advice in practising yoga:
The intention of sequenced postures is that each one prepares the body and mind to support the next. As time goes on each practice lends itself to the other. All parallel, complement and enhance the other. When practising yoga try not to worry about creating a perfect picture with your posture by forcing into a perfect’ shape. This disconnects your flow. You can’t breathe properly, your muscles cannot breathe properly and you create further tension, (your nerves shrink back into state of feeling under pressure). Rather merge mind with body and breath, into a more expansive field. When soul’s colours morph into life, the real picture reveals, which is the luminous self.