The goals of yoga practices.
Yoga, like meditation, is trending and is more known nowadays. Personally, I started a yoga practice for the “basic” reasons that lead many people to try it: health problems and “sores” (backache, poor digestion, …) and of course, my inability to manage my stress, a form of “hypersensitivity” to emotions and different phases of depression.
When I started, I saw yoga as a kind of gymnastics, stretching that feels good and energetic. And indeed, I very quickly started feeling the physical benefits of yoga. However, I was too far from imagining the vastness of the path I had just taken, both in terms of the quantity of benefits and the discoveries I made there.
The first goal of yoga is health and longevity of the body . The body is considered a sacred temple that must be given proper care. Just as it is necessary to have a vehicle in good condition to travel long distances, it is important to have a healthy body to have a happy and fulfilled life.
Yoga offers many postures to improve: the flexibility of body
For example :
flexibility with badrasan
flexibility with the bridge
Yoga provides –
A) Strength and endurance
B) Anchoring and balance
2) Invigorating Breathing
Yoga gives breath its rightful place, namely the very first place. Breathing is the driving force of energy production and also as such, has a fundamental impact on vitality.
The consequences of bad breathing are many people have knotted belly and diaphragm, which causes them a lot of inconveniences like
– poor digestion
– poor immunity
– improper blood circulation
– an inability to concentrate
– a tendency to feel overwhelmed by emotions and stress.
The diaphragm is also known as the second engine of life after the heart.
For example, did you know this, that the back and forth of the diaphragm participates in the digestion of food and transit, and that it also has a pump effect on the venous circulation?
2 a) learn to breathe well
But what does it mean to “breathe well”?
Unlock and develop a sound abdominal breathing.
The abdominal breathing is a youth breath, health and is known to have stability . It’s the natural breathing of babies. It involves a movement of back and forth from the belly and unblocks the diaphragm.
It lengthen and slow down breathing by slowing down and lengthening breathing, you will slow down your heart rate and have an impact on your entire metabolism.
But above all, you will slow down your thoughts and restore mental calmness.
Balance your breathing between your left side and the right side.
This is less known so far. Did you know that the way the air circulate in the nostrils is an indicator of your state of health? When all is well, the passage of air in the nostrils alternates about every 1 to 2 hours.
For 1 to 2 hours, the air circulates mainly from the right nostril. Then this cycle flips and for 1 to 2 hours the air will pass mainly through the left nostril.
Sometimes this cycle is blocked and a nostril remains “clogged” or “blocked”. This blockage is a sign of an imbalance, often the precursor of a disorder, physical, emotional or mental health problem.
Balancing the left and right breaths is a very effective prevention act. Equally, this balancing brings out a state of concentration, unity and serenity.
2 B) learn to develop energy by yoga
Save your breath to live longer.
Yoga tells a beautiful story about it. We have, in a place at the bottom of the palace a reserve of “amrita” known as the “nectar of life”. This nectar flows drop by drop with every breath we make. When this reserve is exhausted, life leaves the body for forever.
Produce, purify and harmonize (modify the vibratory frequency) our energy and avoid any energy loss .
Ordinarily, we just have sufficient energy to barely perform the acts of our daily life (eating, walking, working, sleeping, etc).
The practice of yoga proposes to develop more energy in you. This “surplus” can be used for our personal development and spiritual journey too. It is this surplus of energy that will allow us to get out of our conditions and our fears to let us see who we really are (to act in consciousness rather than react).
How to develop energy?
Learn to do hold your breaths.
Inspiration and full lung retention are times when we can take advantage of this expansion of energy.
Expiration and empty lung retention are moments when we can feel the condensation of the energy.
Learn to “steal” the breath always.
After learning to breathe well, it’s about learning to breathe less and less and with less air. This is a more “advanced” stage of practice. It is not much use to try it if you have never practiced the previous steps before like (abdominal breathing, lengthening and balancing of breath, retentions, …).
It is about learning to breathe by reducing the volume and the flow of air and the respiratory movements more and more. By “depriving” of oxygen, I will force the body to find another form of energy production. The breath that was essentially pneumatic (mainly composed of air) becomes an energetic breath.
However you may have already seen or heard of yogis who are able to stay several minutes in apnea (cessation of breathing). This form of pranayama requires a lot of practice, concentration, immobility, time and at last patience.
How to avoid the loss of energy?
By the use of mudras.
Mudra are gestures or contractions that prevent energy leakage.
3) Stabilize the mind by performing yoga
Through the pranayama, the practices of withdrawal of the senses, the concentrations and meditations, the objective is not only to eliminate the mental agitation (flow of incessant thoughts) but also the judgment, the analysis, the calculating processes to develop a form intelligence based on any intuition and direct vision .
By developing your ability to focus and concentrate, you will be able to take a step back from difficult or stressful situations, apprehend your fears from a different angle, and live calmly. You will also have to trust your intuition and your feelings to make decisions that seem right to you.
4) yoga nidra– a quality sleep
Yoga Nidra or “Sleep Yoga” is an integral part of Yoga practice.
It is a set of techniques and protocols that allow you to plunge into a state between waking and sleeping, a type of conscious sleep where the body sleeps but where the consciousness is still awake.
The goal of Yoga Nidra is to get to know each other through “travels” in a modified state of consciousness. It takes both time and practice.
Nevertheless, from the first test, you can definitely improve the quality of your sleep in a rather impressive way. Sleep less but sleep better, make more dreams and remember, and wake up refreshed.
5) awaken your abilities and beleive your potentials.
The different objectives above is to have a healthy body, develop energy, develop concentration, mental calm and intuition have the common goal of another goal. The awakening of our abilities and achievements of our potential.
Traditionally, yoga promises to its practitioners to know the “samadhi”, a state of completeness and a state of bliss. This state of awakening is not necessarily the subject of our very own Western practice.
Nevertheless, to feel good in one’s body, full of energy, to feel calm, confident, to observe life with hindsight and benevolence help us, each one at our level, to go beyond our limits and obviously to realize ourselves. Drop rules, conventions, expectations, the gaze of others, and “be who you are.”.