Yoga and mindfulness

The therapeutic effect of asanas is not the only goal of yoga including The practice of yoga is not only work with the body, but also with the mind. When performing asanas, one cannot separate the intellectual component from the physical.
According to Patanjali: “yoga chitta vritti nirodha”, which means “yoga is stopping the vibrations of the mind.” One of the stages of yoga – dharana (concentration) – is a preparatory stage for meditation. Therefore, by practicing asanas consciously, you prepare your body and mind for meditative practices.

Inner awareness makes the practice holistic. But if during practice you spin thoughts in your head, then the integration of body, spirit and consciousness does not occur. Therefore, accompany the exercise with inner awareness.

Try to concentrate on the sensations in the body. Feel the work of the muscles, the intensity and rhythm of breathing. Build a pose, concentrating on small nuances and trying to achieve the correctness of its execution. But at the same time, refrain from self-criticism. When trying to get in the right shape, don’t beat yourself up if you fail. Yoga is not a competition. It is an opportunity to calm the mind through bodywork.

If during the practice emotions appear (irritation from the fact that you cannot perform a difficult pose; anger from the fact that you feel pain in the asana; fear that you will fall while performing a balance pose …), try to stop the internal dialogue. Don’t evaluate emotions (bad / good). Remember that you are the master of your thoughts and emotions, not the other way around.

When mental and emotional tensions and anxieties dissolve, a tremendous amount of prana (life energy) is released. According to yoga, prana is the main energy that “animates” all existing forms. Yogis say that almost all diseases arise from the wrong circulation of prana in the body. And the ability to control prana provides a person with physical and spiritual health.