Yoga and Meditation
Often when we begin our Yoga education, we focus on the physical form. We practice proper structure and work to memorize the sequence of postures.
As we mature in our practice, we learn to focus on the more subtle aspects of Yoga. We focus on the connection between the mind and the body. We learn that through mindfulness, the body becomes stronger, supple, and energetically open. We need less physical effort to attain our Yoga goals when we connect the brain with our actions.
The same can be said for other aspects of physical health. When we connect our mind in a positive, conscious way to our internal organs. When we harbor positive feelings about our body, it responds in kind.
In this same way, when we connect our mind to our organs in a negative way, we may cause damage to the cells over time. Anyone who has suffered a broken heart, or excess stress at home or work has felt the negative results of unhappy thoughts.
Try this experiment after your next Yoga class:
Choose three or four friends in class to share this experiment.
When rest time comes, lie down and smile to your body for at least 1 minute.
Then, make a sad or angry face and focus that feeling on your body for at least 30 seconds.
Next, relax your body, and ask yourself if there is a different sensation from smile to frown.
When finished, relax your body even deeper, free your mind, and let your Yoga practice work it’s magic.
When class is finished, talk to your classmates and share your experience.
Yoga and Tai Chi are moving meditations.
Check back here soon for more yoga and qigong information on the connection between your brain and your physical health!