Yoga exercises the mind as well as the body, and when it is practiced in a mindful way, it will benefit you emotionally. As you learn to observe the ebb and flow of your breathing and the release of tension in your body, you will become more aware of your feelings and more in touch with your emotions and understand more clearly how they are expressed by your body. The ability to focus on the breathing for a while calms the mind and reduces anxiety. From the beginning of our lives our bodies express our feelings, when we are happy we feel relaxed, light, loose and comfortable, but when we are unhappy, frightened, angry or anxious, our bodies tense up to protect us from emotional pain.
PRACTISING YOGA HELPS EMOTIONAL STABILITY, WHICH LEADS TO CALMNESS AND EQUILIBRIUM
When your body is well balanced, it functions in harmony, your skeleton supports your body and your muscles can enjoy their work of moving your bones without stress. When your posture is out of balance, your muscles have to compensate and act as supporters, so the contract and stiffen and you end up carrying a lot of unnecessary tension. The cumulative effect on your nervous system results in fatigue which is never completely relieved by sleep and results in exhaustion.
When you begin to practise Yoga, the effect on your energy level can be dramatic. As your posture becomes more balanced, the circulation of blood improves and your breathing flows more easily. Your body then relaxes and more at ease and as a result your energy is increased.
YOGA HAS THE POWER TO BRING YOUR WHOLE BEING INTO BALANCE
Take time to rest your attention on your breath instead of getting wrapped up in the ongoing drama of your thoughts. Once your thoughts settle, your mind is free from all the clutter that keep you busy and restless and unable to make good decisions.
Start slowly fitting in 5 minutes here and there, try it next time you are standing in a queue, washing up or cooking the dinner. Just shift your attention away from your thoughts and on to your breath.
Many problems we face in life are as a result of our thinking. Whilst our lives are taking place in this moment – our minds are drawn to re-thinking what has already happened and looking ahead to what might happen.
The Buddha said: ‘We suffer in life because we are trapped in our minds’
‘If you correct your mind, the rest of your life will fall into place’ – Lao-tzu