How Yoga works

“Yoga citta vrtti nirodhaha” This is the definition of Yoga according to the Sage Patanjali. Sri Krishnamacharya, the father of modern yoga practice, translates this as “Yoga is the ability to direct the mind towards an object, and maintain that direction without distraction”.
Everything we do involves at least 3 essential factors, Mind, Breath and body. By focusing the mind on the breath and by controlling the breath, we are able to realize the definition of Yoga given above. When we are able to move the body, and yet not get distracted by the body, we realize that we have a choice as to how we relate to experience. Starting with simple exercises, mind, breath and body are brought into a state of functional unity, movement is an expression of breath. As we increase the complexity and difficulty of the body movement, the breath remains steady, and so too does the mind. Thus we are able to observe that the body is engaged in complex activity, yet the mind is remaining clear and focused on the breath which is regular and controlled. In a non Yogic activity, the breath becomes rapid as it responds to the demands of the body, and the mind becomes agitated and distracted. Through Yoga we realize that no matter the demands that are placed on the nervous system by strenuous exercise, emotional stress, the ups and downs of life, we can choose how we react mentally. This discovery of choice is the real gift of Yoga. By simplifying the relationship of mind to experience and by using the breath as an alternative focus for mental attention, we reailize the independence of mind, and this leads to profound peace and freedom.


About the naked human

the naked human is what we are underneath. When we shed our thoughts and look calmly in the mirror upon the light of the soul. Peace and Love.
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