The world is energy— all kinds of energy that affect our lives and wellbeing. From the beginning of our lives till the end, we store our emotions, fears, feelings, problems, strengths, and weaknesses in our bodies. They are the source of our health or illness. The energy can make our bodies sick or can heal them.
Yoga and meditation promote physical and mental health in a way that improves recovery outcomes. Not only does it help restore a person’s connection with their inner self, but it also helps them restore relationships with others. Improved mental and physical functioning can help provide the clarity of mind needed to focus on the most important aspects of recovery. It can help restore a sense of identity that enables a person to move forward in developing a life not dependent on the use of substances to feel normal. Best of all, it can be practiced anywhere at any time, alone or in groups, allowing a person to make time to self-reflect and become part of a supportive community.
Sri Ramana Maharshi once said, that “Fixing the mind on psychic centres such as the sahasrara (the thousand-petalled lotus chakra), yogis remain any length of time without awareness of their bodies. As long as this state continues they appear to be immersed in some kind of joy. But when the mind which has become tranquil emerges and becomes active again it resumes its worldly thoughts. It is, therefore, necessary to train it. With it becomes externalised. It will then attain a state in which there is neither subsidence nor emergence.”
The mind controls everything. We can tune our body energy and switch our emotions with our intention and can change our lives physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually— by diving into our hearts and mind, and uniting with our true selves.
Our two bodies
Let’s say that we have two bodies that we live in. We have the physical body and an energy body. This energy body is connected to our physical body and by healing it, you are healing the physical body. When you are not feeling well physically, it is probably due to one or more of your chakras being discharged or blocked. This basically means that there is either too much or not enough energy in the chakras. We need to have the right amount of energy for our physical body to function correctly. The body can look like a series of vibrations ranging in increasing density from “true self” to the physical body. Yoga teaches us that the mind affects the body as much as the body affects the mind, while the spirit interacts with both. Yoga seeks a balance between the mind, body and spirit, working mainly through the body to achieve this balance.
Yoga can unite our minds and our body
Practising yoga can release physical and emotional knots held in the body through a process of gentle stretching of muscles and fascia. Yoga can teach the mind and body to release tension and to let go. If we observe how our bodies react to the different asanas, we notice that this can tell us so much about our blockages, problems, fears or where strength is. Through yoga, we can understand and find out if our mind and body are united. Yoga practice can work to enhance the energy systems of the body. We can combine different poses to draw energy from the root chakra up and into the crown with music and mantras. In this way, we work on the physical level and mind-spirit level. Breathing exercises or pranayama help the circulation of energy through the breath. Meditation at the end of most of the practices can help in re-training the mind and body to relax.
As we energize the body through yoga and other means, the physical and emotional attributes corresponding to that frequency are also boosted, as is our consciousness.
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