Everyone knows the benefits of Yoga, to body, breath and mind and spiritual advancement. Every yoga practitioner works on his own vinyasa (set of Asanas), that he established through the years. Today, I wish to share with you an insight I had on the mat during my morning practice. Usually, I have my own vinyasa which I build through the years, with help of my Yoga teacher Bhoomaji Chaitanya, and my own choices and of course with my level of advancement.I do add some asanas to make the practice fun and not simply a routine to be followed. However, today, I noticed I do not tend to go and perform the balancing asanas (e.g Natarajasana, Eka Padasana etc.). When I did try to work on balancing asanas, I noticed it is rather difficult for me, comparing to the rest of my practice.
Swami Satyananda Saraswati says balancing asanas develop the functions of the cerebellum (the brain centre that controls how the body works in motion). So one can clearly see how Yoga and daily life is connected. Another insight by Swami Satyananda: “The focus required to perform these asanas with steadiness develops concentration and balance at the emotional, mental and psychic levels, removing stress and anxiety”.
Now on a personal note, lately I feel myself a bit stuck in life. I came back from India almost 6 months ago, after meeting doctors and yogis and learning their ways of treating people. I hoped to come back home and to start practising it for the benefit of all. However, as you may guess, it didn’t actually work out the way I wished. I know deep inside this is what I wish to do for a living. So, when I had this insight today on the mat, I understood it actually reflects my life! I’m not so balanced in my current life, how can I perform balancing asanas then? I understand what Swami Satyananda said on these asanas much clearer now.
My advice to you is to look at your practice, see where difficulties arise, try and reflect it on your current situation in life. Whether it is asana, pranayama or any other practice. Work on it, and see how things are getting better day by day, on the mat as well as off the mat.
This is by my opinion a way to connect Yoga and daily life. Not just practicing asanas or pranayama, but rather understanding the way it impacts one’s life.
Pranaams to all!
Picture credit: My brother Oliver Truthful Speech.