Yoga and the liberation of the mind

There may be some situations in which we think that we will not be able to think of an exit toward something positive. Have you ever been in that situation? How have you dealt with it? Pratipaksha Bhavana may be the solution. Writes Maheshwari (Mayte Aguado).


"I don't think that nothing can extinguish this fire of the penalty that anger inside of me, even if I were to become a successful ruler and without equal of the Earth even in heaven" (Bhagavad Guita, ch. 2.8).

Appease the soul is to be at peace, and for this great tool is the practice of Pratipaksha Bhavana, It is work positive thinking.

Let's start talking about yoga and health, two concepts that are attached through the constancy in work following its five pillars or its five stages (Asanas, Pranayama, Savasana, proper diet, Vedanta and Dhyana). And why is it important to follow them? Simple: because all are eager to reach a condition of mental health that allows us to keep a mind free of sadness, discouragement, the concerns and tensions, situations that delve further into negative thoughts drifting into anger, hatred, greed or pride.

In the Katha Upanishad It says: "known to be single (ātman) as the owner of the truck and body certainly as truck." The senses are the horses, and the objects of sense are the roads." Therefore, my dear friends, just from our own mind will depend on controlling the senses, and we must decide if we give them rein or stopped them.

As you ahead at the beginning, in yoga there is a useful method for having a healthy thought: Pratipaksha Bhavana. It is a practice yogic indicated in the Yoga Sutras, whereby the Yogis to leave any negative way of thinking through the discipline of "cultivate the opposite", i.e. educate the mind to completely change his awareness of a negative object to another more positive.

According to the Sutras, negative thoughts are described as something against the Yamas or Niyamas, i.e. Prohibitions or abstentions and the moral basis and ethics of Yoga. Yamas and Niyamas are two of the eight paths of yoga for peace of mind, the dispassion and the rupture of the chain to the wheel of samsara (incarnation and death). For the Yogis, practicing Pratipaksha Bhavana is the fundamental practice to reach the final of the eight stages of yoga: Samadhi, the State of the Superconsciousness.

Anyone can practice Pratipaksha Bhavana to train the mind in positive thinking and thereby reduce the suffering. This practice can be very beneficial when applied in our daily routine, Since one becomes witness of his thoughts when they are negative, violent and cruel, so change them immediately in positive thoughts that we filled with peace, kindness, and humility.

No need to be a Yogi for "cultivate the opposite", you only need to change the 'no' to 'yes', it must stop feeding the ego that imprisons the mind, to manage stress and release tension, to bring us energy, clarity and concentration ability and also balance the electromagnetic energy that surrounds us.

I propose an exercise:

Sit on the floor in easy position of Lotus, with your back straight. You can also do it sitting on a Chair.

  • Raise the arms and open well the fingers of the hands, then pick them so that the fingertips touching the base of the fingers and thumbs are stretched, with the elbows also loose and without raising your shoulders.
  • Then apply a light mulabhanda (contraction of the anus, genitals and navel point) and jalandarabhanda (neck lock), focus your eyes on the point between the eyebrows (the ajna, sixth chakra), plans to power up your column, providing the energy flow, without blocking the pelvis up.
  • When you're in the position begins with the fire or Kapalabhati breathing. Start slow, as the awakening is also slow, remember that with this breathing is not shake the body, keeping the aligned position, moving only the navel point.
  • Finally, inhale, thumbs together above the head, apply mulabhanda and catch their breath, then exhale. Repeat twice more and relax completely. (Don't do it if you are pregnant).

Thus you strengthens the nervous system, relaxing tensions in the area of the heart, helping you to manage stress, helping your mind so focus and relax.

"When you find peace within yourself, you become the kind of person who can live at peace with others." (Peace Pilgrim)

Maheshwari (Mayte Aguado). Yoga teacher certified by the Sivananda school in Rudraprayag (India). Disciple of Fernando Diez. Collaborator of the Vicente Ferrer Foundation and the yoga of the Guadalajara Aylu gym teacher.

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