The bones and the souls

There's a moment in the life of every Yoga practitioner who asks: but what have to do the bones with the soul? Or to put it another way: what relation exists between the hard asanas and the mental or spiritual development? Joaquín G. Weil writes. Photo: Pepo Alcalá.

Ischia (photo: Pepo Alcala)

He said Yogananda the purpose of asanas is sitting in meditation with an upright column.

For my part, I think that the realization of asanas is itself a type of meditation, especially for those who currently do not have much time for sitting meditation.

Any experienced Yogi just knowing the relationship between the physical position, breath, and mind.

When we started a good yoga practice with the greeting to the Sun, may we have at the beginning mind agitated or shot dead. After a few greetings mind has been serenado or toned. And this is something that we have experienced numerous times. How is this wonder possible?

One of the benefits that has precisely the greeting to the Sun is moving the breath, so you gain a wide, natural and free rhythm. When a person is mentally or emotionally agitated, his breathing tends to be panting and short on the upper part of the chest. When, in another sense, a person is depressed, your breathing is weak, and hardly creates movement in the trunk, which is curved or sunk.

Well-being through breathing

To focus towards the positive side, when a person is happy, serene and peaceful, his breathing is wide, strong and free. And its trunk is comfortably erect. The practice of Yoga seeks to achieved in a natural way that State. And not only to achieve it for reasons of physical well-being but also of mental clarity. As it happens that in those moments of fullness physical and respiratory, our mind is more inspired and lucid.

The antique of different places knew the relationship between breath and spirit. "Breath or"breathing"is what the word means in Greek psyche. Also in latin spiritus It contains the same meaning. And the Sanskrit word Atman It is, through Indo-European, in relation to the German verb atmen, that means breathing.

Achieving a relaxed upright trunk is the best pranayama (breathing exercise). Who, through the asanas, has managed that its trunk is relaxed and wide, leaving space for the proper functioning of the heart and lungs, it is more likely that you breathe better, feel good and your mind works in a more calm and fluid.

Joaquín García Weil (photo: Vito Ruiz)Who is

Joaquín García Weil graduated in philosophy, yoga teacher and Yoga room Málaga director. Practice Yoga for 20 years and teaches it since makes eleven. He is a student of Swami Rudradev (leading disciple of Iyengar), with whom he has learned in Yoga Study Center, Rishikesh, India. He has also studied with Dr. Vagish Sastri de Benarés, among other masters.

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By • 19 Feb, 2013 • section: Joaquín G. Weil, Pranayama