Ultimate Benefits of Yoga
It is not easy to change, and even when we recognize that it would be appropriate to do so, we tend to postpone as much as possible the “beginning of change”.
Every change brings with it its good “dose of discomfort”, as well as satisfaction, and not all the moments of our life are appropriate to question the basis on which we have built our certainties.
However, it is precisely in this infinite journey, of which we often do not know the destination, which lies the secret of our evolution … and the teachings of yoga are an extraordinary companion with whom to undertake it.
A companion able to enlighten us the way, and to instill in us the trust necessary to face it.
In fact, the bond that exists between yoga and change is so strong that many people decide to stay away from it every day, afraid of the idea that starting to do yoga will inevitably lead us to become different people.
So I thought it might be interesting to dedicate some space to trying to understand “how yoga changes us”, in the hope that it will help those who still have “one foot inside and one outside the mat” to understand path that awaits him once he has made the decision to approach yoga practically with conviction.
Before moving on to “how”, however, it is good to understand the “why” yoga has so much to do with change.
According to the theory of yoga, change follows a very precise dynamic; to understand it, it is necessary to take a small step back, and remember the link that exists between the practice of yoga and the energy within us.
Yoga teaches us that there is a “physical” body, coarse, made up of muscles, bones, ligaments, etc., and a subtle “energetic” body, made of vital energy called Prana, and related to the psychic aspects of our being, like mind and thought.
The Prana flows throughout the body through the energy channels called Nadi , which for branching structure and may be associated with the nervous system.
When the Nadis meet they form an energy center, or a Chakra .
The main Chakras are 7, and are located along the spine; each of them has a specific role:
- Safety – (1st Chakra )
- Pleasure, sexuality (2nd Chakra )
- Personal power (3rd Chakra )
- Love (4th Chakra )
- Communication (5th Chakra )
- Imagination (6th Chakra )
- Lighting (7th Chakra )
When we practice yoga we stimulate these energy centers, which act on the mental level, awakening in us emotions and states of awareness linked to the characteristics of the energy center in which they are manifested.
All the techniques that are part of yoga ( asana , mudra , pranayama , etc.) therefore also work on an energetic level, with the aim of restoring balance and harmony in every “sphere of our existence”.
It is as if the practice of yoga went to stimulate hidden keys, and by doing so it also awakened in us the awareness of our emotions, revealing us for what we are … which is then the primary way to give life to change.
(It is for this reason that from time to time it happens to burst into tears after a yoga class; it is an emotional release that means that something inside us has moved.)
Acquiring awareness means being able to better understand the nature of life’s problems, it means becoming more responsible for one’s own gestures and thoughts, it means asking questions, observing our behaviors, and wanting to restore balance where we realize that it is missing.
This inevitably leads us to evolve, and therefore to change … however it is important to remember that at no time does yoga force us to do it, and that is why we should not be afraid to start practicing.
Because yoga limits itself, so to speak, to show us the way, and every change, when it arrives, does so at the right time, as we will have decided to let that change into our life, we will have decided to setting new priorities, we have decided that it is worth waking up a little earlier, we have realized that the time has come to turn a bad habit into a good habit.