The Influence of our thinking on the body and why certain asanas in yoga fail?

You probably noticed that every time we practice yoga we are in completely different states. Sometimes it can be the mind’s restlessness and the inability to stop the thought chain. Or on the contrary, apathy and frustration in practice, a sense of regress and lack of strength can occur, compared to past training experiences.

 

But, there are also positive emotions (states) such as the state of purity and silence of the mind, absolute calm and slowing down, a feeling of lightness and openness to the whole world, euphoria or even a pleasant and inspiring surprise from the resulting asana and fulfillment you could not dream about! Some may even boast of getting an answer to a question, that has worried them for so long, eventually found on the rug!

It looks like magic, but in reality, everything lies in our inner state, and in that how much our internal fire burns.

 

 

After all, do not just say: “All the problems are in my head.”

Yoga is primarily a philosophy that begins not with physics, but with moral precepts (yamas and niyamas) instructing the practitioner to attain purity of consciousness! Our emotions and states of mind find their way out by mirroring us on the rug at the moment when we meet our souls.

This explains the relationship between our emotional sphere and the body, which reacts with any emotional constriction, with blocks on the physical plane. All the physical clamps appear in the body with age, when the society imposes its programs on the person, emotionally and spiritually alienating us from ourselves. Remember when you were a child! How sincere and open! How flexible and supple your body was, like clay.

 

And now we will analyze the “psychosomatics” of certain asanas:

 

Deflections back

- indicate the openness of the thoracic department
- activity and openness of the heart chakra-anahata, which is responsible for emotions such as compassion, love, and forgiveness
- are associated with the internal ability to accept all the situations that life presents to us.

 

That, if the deflections are given hard, means that the person most often is afraid of encountering obstacles in his path, as well as the inability to accept, “bend” under the circumstances. All it points, first of all, to our psychological inflexibility.

This is something that I myself have come across on my personal experience! Adolescence, school change, total rejection and rejection of oneself and one’s reflection, eternal comparison with oneself, my shyness and isolation, whose roots sprouted from childhood, seem to have hung locks on my body, and especially on the spine, closing the lock on my breast department, when the shoulders lowered and hunched forward became the norm.

 

Did you ever think about the root of this problem? Bad posture is not a heavy backpack or a sedentary lifestyle. This is our shell, in which we hide and defend ourselves from the outside world, blocking the circulation of our precious prana (energy) through the body through the spine.

It is possible to talk about deflections for a long time, but the first thing that will help you in their mastering is an open heart and the intention to let in it everything that the Universe will give you (events, opportunities, people). Also, on the contrary, our psychological inflexibility is overcome through the development of flexibility on the physical plane.

Love the deflections, feel how you become open to new opportunities and breathe in the full breast of love, which is poured through the body with a burning stream and gratitude.

Mantra of troughs: “No one is my friend. No one is my enemy. And everyone is a  teacher for me ”

Scrolls

- release energy, which makes it possible to overcome difficulties on our way.

 

Inverted poses

- give an opportunity to look at the world in an inverted state, while breathing freely
- learn to observe peace of mind and develop stress resistance
- help to turn back the clock

 

Balance postures

-are the projections of our emotional state in real time

Right now, I suggest you checking this axiom yourself. 

 

Stand in the tree pose (lat.-vriksasana), connecting the palms in the middle of the chest in namaste, while holding the drishti (attention) at one point at the level of your sight.

 

From this position, slowly lift up, connecting hands at the top over your head, after that try to close your eyes. And then your “tree” will start to shake and storm in different directions.

This balance exercise will become an indicator of your concerns. That is if you experience an imbalance in life, and your attention is knocked down by an infinite mental obsession, it will be quite difficult for you to keep such a balance. But, try to train this asana on different days and in a different, more affectionate emotional state, how surprised you will be by how much your body is stable, like an inner core piercing it from the base of the feet to the very top.

And most importantly: do not keep the emotion in yourself. Let it flow independently through the body, through the breath. Breathe it. Be an observer in your body! Accept yourself and your states of mind in any capacity. Tell yourself: “Yes, I’m angry,” or “I feel desperate,” and after the recognition, the emotion has the property of dissolving.

And, of course, be grateful to your body, and your soul temple will let you go further … into such an exciting and endless journey inside yourself!

Author: Анастасия Скульская (@your_anahata)

GLOSSARY

restlessness /ˈrest.ləs.nəs/ 

the quality of being unwilling or unable to stay still or to be quiet and calm, because you are worried or bored

 

on the contrary / ɑːn ðiː ˈkɑːn.tre.ri/

used to show that you think or feel the opposite of what has just been stated

 

purity /ˈpjʊr.ə.t̬i/

a state of being clean and free from anything harmful

 

fulfillment /fʊlˈfɪl·mənt/

a feeling of happiness because you are doing what you intended to do in life

 

boast of/about /boʊst/

to speak too proudly or happily about what you have done or what you own

 

eventually /ɪˈven.tʃu.ə.li/

in the end, especially after a long time or a lot of effort, problems, etc

 

attain /əˈteɪn/

to reach or succeed in getting something

 

consciousness /ˈkɑːn.ʃəs.nəs/ 

the state of being awake, thinking, and knowing what is happening around 

you

 

alienate /ˈeɪliəneɪt/

to make someone feel that they do not belong

 

flexible /ˈfleksəb(ə)l/ 

able to bend or move easily

 

supple /ˈsʌp(ə)l/

able to move and bend your body very easily and in a graceful way

 

deflection /dɪˈflekʃ(ə)n/ 

the action of making something move in a different direction

 

obstacle /ˈɒbstək(ə)l/ 

a difficulty or problem that prevents you from achieving something

 

inflexibility /ɪnˌfleksəˈbɪləti/ 

stiffness, difficulty while bending

 

root /ruːt/ 

the origins or background of something

 

scroll /skrəʊl/

cause to move like paper rolling or unrolling 

 

overcome difficulties /ˌəʊvə(r)ˈkʌm ˈdɪfɪk(ə)ltis/

to succeed in dealing with or controlling a problem

 

inverted poses /ɪnˈvɜːtɪd ˈpoʊzɪz/

being in the opposite position to the one it was in before, especially by turning it upside down

 

breathing freely /ˈbriːðɪŋ ˈfriːli/

to take air into your lungs through your nose or mouth and let it out again without difficulty

 

stress resistance /stres rɪˈzɪst(ə)ns/

the ability not to be affected or harmed by stress

 

postures /ˈpɒstʃə(r)/

the position that your body is in when you sit, stand, or walk

 

namaste /nʌˈmæsteɪ/ 

used for greeting someone with respect, especially when you put your hands together in a movement

 

stable /ˈsteɪb(ə)l/ 

not likely to fall or move in the wrong way

 

capacity /kəˈpæsəti/ 

the ability to do something