Many practioners of yoga only engage in the the physical exercise aspects of yoga, the stretching, and the postures to improve posture and limber the body. But there is much more to yoga than than simple (and complex) stretching exercises. Yoga can also has a profound effect on the practioner’s entire life, because the practice of yoga can change the mind in a few very unique ways.
A Spiritual Awakening
Yoga is not a religion, but this ancient practice can influence the practioner’s spiritual sensibility; yoga practioner’s learn, and follow, seven spiritual laws. These spiritual laws can act to guide those who follow them, to find a path to inner peace, through the practice of love and compassion, for both themselves, and others. One of these laws is the law of karma. This encompasses the concept that the way that we treat other, even animals, will comes back to us. “As ye reap, so ye shall sow”. If we treat others with kindness, we will receive kindness in return.
Mental Clarity and Focus
Yoga practice focuses on the importance of meditating regularly, which in return, helps the practioner to stay positive in their thinking. Any time that a negative thought surfaces during meditation, it is gently pushed away, by focusing on the breath, and relaxing the body. This is essential to emotional health, as often, anxiety, stress, and depression are worsened by an inability to recognize the good things of life. By learning to guide your thoughts back to the present moment, negative feelings will evaporate.
Control and Self Discipline
By learning to control their thoughts, and the physical response to stress, a yoga practitioner can accomplish more than they thought they could. Yoga can help you to develop mental and physical discipline, and let go of fear, or situations that have held you back from what you want to accomplish. By using a mantra, a single keyword, during meditation, the mind is focused during each meditation session, by repeating the mantra aloud, or in the mind. This will help to influence the subconscious mind, to make success happen more readily. Yoga can also teach a person to begin to see the world as an eternal source of energy, that they are immersed in, and that they can tap into this energy, enabling them to manifest their goals. This influences a change in the mentality of feeling stuck, and hopeless, short circuiting any sense of self-sabotage.