Yoga is a Way of life. Yoga aims at overcoming all our dis-qualities like attachments, aversions, hatred, jealousy, and likes and dislikes.
I am here today to share my best yoga poses which have helped me to shape my attitude from negative to a positive one and had a great impact on my personality. I don’t do yoga postures just for strength and flexibility. I do yoga postures with a feeling of emotions which has, in turn, helped me to imbibe some good qualities within me.
When a dancer dances with the feeling and emotions that experience is translated down to the audience watching the performance.
“Where goes the hand, there goes the eye,
Where goes the eyes, there goes the mind
From my mind, I create (bhava) feeling
When I create bhava, the observer creates the essence (Rasa)
Rasa is experienced.”
When you do yoga asana, you cannot isolate the body from the mind. You have to apply your mind and feel the asana. This is better done with the below four attitudes.
Let me share what these are.
- Dharma is Right to conduct (DUTY)
This is recognized as a duty, faith, and acceptance. Self-direction is our duty. It is a state of preparedness. It’s an initiative towards being quiet and peaceful and enjoying one’s own company. The asana which can be practised with this Dharma attitude is Sukhasana, Padmanasa, Vajrasana.
So, when you sit in the Sukhasana position, your mind starts to wander the moment you close your eyes. Now it’s your duty towards yourself to develop the silence, develop awareness, become introvert self-direct and observe peace.
Apart from asana, it can also be acquired using the following techniques.
Looking at nature – sea, sky, greenery, flowing river water.
Listen to nature – soft music, stream flowing, birds chirping, breeze…
Stories like Panchatantra, hatha yoga pradipika, any other books with positive message…
- Jnana (Knowledge)
Jnana is knowledge and is recognized as concentration, coordination, body awareness, self-knowledge and clarity.
Do you desire to have a good concentration? How much? How often are you able to balance your work and home life? Are you finding this challenging then follow these techniques?
The asana which helps to achieve the same is Utkatasana, ekpadasana, stithprarthasana, pranayama, tadasana.
Other techniques include. Focus on one point, play brain games, self-analysis.
- Vairagya (Humble)
Vairagya is Objectivity. This is recognized as humbleness, relaxation, LET GO attitude, Surrender. It is an ability to view things from a distance. It helps to rise above the situation and view things in a detached way.
Few asana which helps are Trikonasana, yog-mudra, vakrasana, konasana-3, Shavasana
Other techniques include
- Scream loudly
- Share jokes
- Play physically aggressive games
Aishwariya is freedom and power. This is recognized as one’s willpower, determination, free from ignorance, fight for justice and higher motives.
It helps to build the qualities like strength, effort, willpower, confidence, self-esteem and sense of achievement.
Asana include—bhujangasana, veerbhadrasana, back bending postures, nasal cleaning process.
The attitude of Aishwariya creates a feeling of enthusiasm.
So, Next time when you do asana.. generate these feelings in you. It works as a reminder all the time and that helps in faster and better growth.
Wish you All A very Happy International Yoga Day!