Get the yogic attitude and go beyond yoga asanas
The objective of doing yoga asanas and practices is not just to stay fit and keep the body in shape. They are a vital tool to bring the body, breath, and mind together in harmony. How?
Let’s try this now…
- Breathing out, bring your chin to touch the chest.
- Breathing in, gently roll your head to the right shoulder and back.
- Breathing out, gently roll your head to the left shoulder and bring your chin to the chest.
- Repeat this three times in clockwise and then anti-clockwise direction.
Where do you feel the stretch: at the neck, shoulder, or back? It is not necessary to do pretzel-like postures or stand on your head to experience the benefits of yoga. Even a simple neck roll, done with complete awareness and a little attention on the breath, can lead you to that blissful experience!
Using specific rhythms of the breath, moving in and moving out of the asana, links the breath and the body; keeping attention on where the stretch is happening links the mind. While you were doing this simple head roll, did you worry about the past or the future, about what you will have for lunch or dinner, or about wanting a flat stomach? These are all things in the past or in the future; they are not here right now.
Union of the body, breath, and mind helps you live in the present moment – appreciate and live each moment completely. This is the true essence of yoga.