Yoga for body, mind and personal transformation

Yoga has been hugely reported in recent years. He has transcended cultural, racial and religious barriers and has been recognized as a human development system adapted to individual needs (health, age, sex etc.), but the danger is that the essential principles of this are lost in their reporting great tradition. Writes Tomas Zorzo.

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We could define yoga as a State of mind where there is peace and tranquility, as well as the way to achieve this. I.e., a State where we perceive things clearly, feel love towards all beings and all that surrounds us, feel free. A State of personal integration where the mind is not in constant dispersion and may be able to focus, and can take the appropriate actions that lead us towards positive.

Yoga claims that it is possible to live an existence of higher, perceiving life in all its dimensions, without mental projections.

Usually we identify with our projections distorting reality, creating stress and suffering, dramatizing the events and losing control of our existence. How many of us are dissatisfied with our profession, family situation, sexual life, physical situation?

In practical terms, the purpose of yoga is to reduce and eliminate certain mental states that create suffering and stress.

The mind is like a river that can flow toward the pain (dukam), or happiness (kaivalya). This state of unity, peace, is not something that we created but it is always there, in the center of our being; but it is our mind that runs in the opposite direction and that is why we must make the effort to reconnect with our essence.

As humans, we are a complex system that includes the body, breath, mind, food, habits, society, environment, work. All these elements are related each other affecting our physical and mental health and also our perception.

The process of acquiring welfare is complicated, because our physical and mental activities are influenced by our conditioning (samskaras), formed from our childhood and even hereditary or genetic, that make us repeat patterns and actions that perpetuate pain. But the good news is that We can change this conditioning generating new shares and breaking the vicious circle. This process begins to disciplining the body, breath and mind through asanas, pranayama and meditation.


The purpose of the positions is purify, strengthen, relax, align, make internal organs are functioning properly and create stability and inner well-being.

The factors influencing the positions are:

  1. Movement towards the position from the previous position.
  2. Stay in the position.
  3. Return movement.
  4. Breathing in different phases of the posture.
  5. Order of postures and sequences.

All these elements and how they are integrated together are called Vinyasa. The effect of posture is simply the effect of movement and breathing flow adapted to the individual, emphasizing on the spine, with the purpose of strengthen, relax, align and generate stability. Therefore the objective is not to put the body in a certain position, but to develop the strength and the flexibility to be in that position. Many of the injuries that occur during practice may be due to the greediness of the student or teacher by putting them in positions which are not suitable for it and end up damaging their body structure.

"When the positions are executed without tension or agitation, practice becomes a Symphony of body, breath and mind, expressing externally light, joy and beauty of the soul".


In the asanas, the emphasis is on movement or stability of the body. This cannot be made without affecting the flow of breath and this in turn affects the structure and function of the body.

In pranayama we focus in changing the pattern of breathing securing it to the individual with a specific purpose which is none other that reach a State of mental well-being.

On the physical level it may be recovering from an illness or maintaining health. On the mental level is reach a State of equilibrium that allows us to prepare the mind for meditation, eliminating internal perturbations to be able focus the mind in a high ideal and thus be able to discover our spiritual being. In other words, balance and clarify the emotions that help us and that do not obstruct the development of our highest potential.

Do not give the proper importance to pranayama is a devaluation of the real purpose of the practice. Pranayama maintains active spiritual life, the same thing that keeps our breathing our biology live; in fact both are juxtaposed.

There are pranayamas with effects on physiological functions, others Act on the nervous system, others on the mental plane and others awaken the spiritual search.


It is the third pillar on which is founded the practice of yoga. When we speak in physical terms, speak of asanas and pranayama.

When we talk in terms of mental and spiritual, we talk about meditation.

It is the way to find us with ourselves, our true self. It can only be done going inward. If there is a being of importance in us, must be our secret. The external part is changing, limited by the circumstances. Mediation arises from a need for a higher, deeper life. For this we need the right object on which focus, an object that is beyond our conditioning, representing all the fullness you, all knowledge mind longs for, entire happiness heart longs for. This is represented by the divine or transcendent being.

Tomás Zorzo (branch) It is a pioneer and unique certificate of Ashtanga Yoga in Spain.

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By • 25 Jul, 2014 • section: Signatures