Yoga is the yog or the connection between the mental and physical. Anasana is the effort the body makes to reach a pose with controlled inhalations and exhalations and attains physical benefits of good health through optimum mind control.
Each turn or twist the body makes to replicate an asana is the body’s answer to the ask of the mind that calls upon the physical self to collect itself through rhythmic breathing and focus on a particular physical entity whilst observing the going ons of the body…i.e. flow of blood, sound of a throbbing heartbeat or the aches and pains the body is facing.
Mind through Body
The mind is a subtle entity and the body a more palpable one. To control the body is easier than to harness the dynamic mind. It is the constant flow of water in a gurgling brook or the energetic flapping of a bird’s wings, it is unending, ever-expanding and ever-curious. If mind were the wind that assists the kite, the body is the kite that flutters and flows upon the tug of the main thread of which we have the sole control.
Yoga as is common knowledge is an ancient science going back centuries and has modelled itself on the natural ecosystem. Hence asanas replicate the animal and the plant world.
It is the bridge that transcends a worldly experience and translates into a larger surreal experience as one travels through the physical self and releases itself to reach out to a world which is far beyond its physical capacity. It is another word for one’s existence realization.
Physical perks of yoga practice
Benefits of yoga on physical wellbeing are manifold –
Yoga is the body’s natural response to attacks on its subtle and larger entities, it is a way of existence when not just the inhalations and exhalations but also the pauses between them (Kumbhaka) are stressed upon. Yoga is refreshing and invigorating and opens up clogged pores to facilitate the flow of energy and life.
However, any yoga practice requires the practitioner to be under the tutelage of a seasoned yoga teacher, who is not just a regular practitioner, but also a sensible human being who is privy to the vast possibilities of this life force and the orbit shift it can bring to one’s day to day existence and also long term well-being.