“Our life experiences change our bodies. ”
“As we practice yoga asanas we are working through the body memories of everything that we experienced from childhood to present. ”
“The physical body is a mirror which reflects our consciousness dwelling within. ”
“We need to be open to experience every aspect of ourselves, past and present, and learn from them in order to experience who we really are. This needs to be done with patience, wisdom, and compassion. ”
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The first four stages are called the outer steps, and the last four stages are called the inner finer steps. Yama and Niyama are working together, and they establish ethical and behavioral parameters for our conduct. They establish a harmonious relationship between our experience of inner and outer worlds. The five Yamas are restraint in thought, word, and deed, from violence (Ahimsa) – which I mentioned at the beginning of the blog – lying, stealing, sensuality, and greed. The five Niyamas are the observances of purity, contentment, austerity, self-study, and attunement. Asana and Pranayama are practiced together as well. Asana, the physical postures in yoga, and Pranayama, the life force control, also referred to as breathing technique, are practiced to cleanse the physical body. Only by breathing deeply can we release 50 percent of the toxins in the body. The goal of the first four stages is to cleanse the mental and physical body of physical and mental phlegm
The cleansing comes into full completion once it reaches the fourth state, Pranayama. Pranayama is also called breathing technique, control of breath, or the control of Prana. Prana in yoga is a cosmic energy that manifests itself through breathing. It interacts with the body and mind to make us aware that we’re more than our physical body. When we realize this, we no longer act out of our primal states but feel balanced and harmonious, which brings about happiness, bliss, joy, and wisdom. Through the control of breathing, we gain control of the Prana. As we gain control of the Prana, we increase our awareness. These steps help direct our energy towards meditation and towards many yogi’s desired state of Contemplation (Samadhi).
By regularly practicing breathing techniques, you gain the ability to control actions, thoughts, feelings, and emotions. I once heard that Pranayama was referred to as your own remote control to your being. By learning the habit of breathing, you’ll learn to control your mind as well as breathe in additional air. This extra air is very rejuvenating for the body and mind and guarantees a vitality-filled life. The quality of the breath affects our nervous system, physical body, and mental and emotional states.