Spiritual Meanings Of Yoga Asanas

It can hence be said that the Asanas are much more than mere yoga postures

Yoga, as beautifully described in the Bhagavad Gita, is nothing but evenness of mind. It's a state wherein we attain a perfect balance between mind and body, feeling a rush of energy from within and satiating our inner spiritual self. As a matter of fact, each yoga posture has a distinct spiritual connotation. If we practice yoga by channelizing our inner energy, emanating mostly from the spine to invigorate us inside out, along with the external energies towards any posture, it becomes a perfect union of mind and body.

It can hence be said that the Asasnas are much more than mere yoga postures. When I first did the Mayurasana, it wasn’t just an Asana, but a state of realization and a symbol of freedom for me. It was both an awakening of the mind and the body, as all my inner strength converged at the epicentre of my stomach, inducing a sudden influx of energies within.

An Asana of yoga is more like a conversation that you strike with yourself. All you need to do is listen more and talk less, understand more and think less, trust more and process less. It's a way to unlock your inner strength and let go of your inhibitions -- both mental and physical. Yoga has not just offered me a new perspective to see life in different colours, but made me see my own self in a different light. When we perform and hold different Yoga Asanas, it builds trust on self while perseverance, discipline and optimism come along as gratifications.

And beyond all this, there is a bond that you build with yourself -- where you know yourself, i.e. your body and your mind better.

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