Effects of Yoga on Body and Mind

Continuing from: My Yoga Transformation

Yoga is a very personal
practice. What I mean is – it’s not a challenge or a competition. It’s not about
comparisons either. Nor it is about thousands of yoga photos floating on the
internet. Although, the images do represent the hard work and persistence of a practitioner
to move into a pose. I am not very good with words to explain the spiritual
aspect, I can only try to word how I feel about my practice.
As I have said before, Yoga is a revelation.  No, you don’t
start looking at the world with Einstein eyes, but instead you start
understanding yourself better. With every inhale and exhale, you start
appreciating and respecting your body more.

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I mostly practice Hatha yoga, often ending with restorative asanas and meditation. After overcoming the initial
awkwardness of each pose, I started noticing the slow transition from an anxious
or uncertain mental state to a more calmer one. Since I practice at home I do
it at my own pace. 

So how does that impact me in a practical world? 

It’s only
recently I have noticed that whenever I am in a tense situation, my body subconsciously
responds with deep steady breathing, and I feel myself going through the same
transition. Of course it doesn’t solve the problem but it gives my mind enough
space to find a solution.

Yoga Asana

Ego Check

Practicing Yoga is also the
best way to keep your ego in check. Each day is different. Sometimes Wall
Handstands are a piece of cake, other days it’s a struggle. Same goes for
Chakrasana, or Hanumansana. Every time I practice, I start
from scratch. It’s a continuous learning process that trains you to be patient
and determined at the same time. It’s alright if I can’t do an asana, that just
means that my body is not ready … yet. But I will keep trying, if not today,
someday I will ease into that pose.

yoga, fitness

I am still learning to listen
to my body and know when to push forward and when to stop. Earlier I would push
too hard, hurt my wrists and end up taking few days off. Now I don’t attempt to
perfect the art, but try to soak in all the goodness according to my potential.

Do you feel emotional in Savasana?
The best and the most
relaxing asana is Savasana. I am not sure if it has happened to you
but sometimes after an hour long practice I feel extremely emotional during
Savasana. I am hit by this powerful surge of emotions, sometimes resulting in
waterworks too. In fact there’s even an article on why Savasana makes Yogis emotional 
Strange how all the chemicals
in the body reacts !! 🙂

yoga asana

Each yoga pose has a meaning
and a purpose. In one way or the other it impacts your body and internal organs,
so don’t feel disheartened if you are not flexible or can’t do a certain asana.
Just practice whatever you can, whenever you can. If you have a history of
previous injuries, it is advisable to consult a physician before starting any routine.

I found this article very
helpful to sequence yoga asanas for Home Practice – Bringing your practice home
Yoga is a lifestyle choice.
Healthy living is a lifestyle choice. The bigger picture is a result of all the
little choices you had made.

I was flicking through my Instagram feed when I
came across an artistically edited photo of a fellow instagrammer, almost like
a digital painting. I was impressed by how a simple picture can transform into
something so aesthetically pleasing. Two minutes later I was on my phone
figuring out if ‘Udnie’ is better or ‘Mondrian’. These are two of the many
filters available on the Prisma App, which seems to have taken the social media
world by storm.
The above are my prisma’fied photos of yoga
asanas.  If you are a regular here you
would have already seen them but I really wanted to experiment with the filters
and see how they turn out.

yoga asana
Don’t forget to add in your views in the comment section 🙂
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28 thoughts on “Effects of Yoga on Body and Mind

  1. Weight loss, a strong and flexible body, glowing beautiful skin, peaceful mind, good health – whatever you may be looking for, yoga has it on offer. However, very often, yoga is only partially understood as being limited to asanas (yoga poses). As such, its benefits are only perceived to be at the body level and we fail to realize the immense benefits yoga offers in uniting the body, mind and breath. When you are in harmony, the journey through life is calmer, happier and more fulfilling.

  2. Your passion for yoga is amazing. It is wonderful how you achieve so much practising from home. And hey the prismified pics simply look fab! 😀 I wonder how long it took you to learn the wall handstand?

  3. Loved how you connected this – yoga and how it transforms us. Shavasana makes me so calm that I wonder how I don't feel that any other time of the day.
    Though I did not like the Prisma filters, yours are a good pick and look better that most people have been sharing.

  4. The pictures are amazing. Thanks for sharing how you feel about yoga. I really need to give it a try once more. I am quite hung up on the gym and weights however all of that does little for peace of mind or for warding off anxiety that always lurks around the corner for all kinds of small and big issues. I need to get back to yoga.

  5. I admire you for being so sincere with Yoga. I wish I could do the same. But as you know, I just can't concentrate. I even left the yoga classes during pregnancy midway. But I have heard about the benefits of Yoga and I know it really helps.

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