In ancient Indian homeopathic system, yoga practice is described as the link to connect with the individual and the universe. Importance of yoga in modern life and meditation can play an important role in our life because these help in controlling the function of our mind i.e. ego, desire and intellect. Yoga is a well-known physical, mental and spiritual practice since the ancient time and still benefit people globally.
Yoga is a form of relaxation and exercise that incorporates stretching, meditation and the knowledge of the body’s full potential. It helps in relieving tension and stress and helps to increase the strength and vitality.
We all know that yoga maintains a body good but no one could really say with any degree of certainty why? or even how ? it improves conditions as varied as depression and anxiety, diabetes, chronic pain, and even epilepsy.
There are two strong points from which to approach this question. The first is from a spiritual point of view and other is from a scientific perspective. As you will see in the following, however, the two approaches become inextricably connected.
In the last two decades, research work on Yoga has clarified what happens to the body, brain, and mind when people consistently practice Yoga poses.
Although the brain feels the body, that feeling is not an aware one. During Yoga poses, a person becomes aware of the body and the brain gets a full sensible orientation of it in space and time. With full awareness, the body moves unsurprisingly and without terror.
Yoga helps us to move from Body appearance to the Body Real. Our body appearance is created by culture, memories, and beliefs and does not represent the real body. Many mind-body pathologies are the result of the wrong body image. ‘Body Real’ is the body’s map in the brain and represents the real body. Living in the Body-Real grounds the awareness in reality and creates stability. It also saves the body from the fake influence and alteration of body parts that happens as the result of many Body Dysmorphic Disorders. In Body Dysmorphic Disorders, a person is obsessed with the false idea that there is something wrong with the body and its appearance (nose, eyes, face etc.) and tries to correct them personally by mutilating them or opt for repetitive surgical interventions.
Paying attention to body postures brings the mind and body together. Normally our mind is engaged to thinking and is unfocused while the body is in action. Mixing of mind-body creates a state of harmony and results in a sense of well-being.
Marks of scientific studies continue to confirm the health-giving benefits of yoga for many of the common psychological and psychiatric conditions that trouble hundreds of thousands of people every year, including Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), eating disorders, schizophrenia, and psychotic symptoms.
- The Western psychologist can benefit from the understandings of Yoga, particularly when Yoga includes meditation and breath work, and draws on the research done in relation to Yoga and psychology.
- The Western expert of Yoga can benefit from participating a larger perspective on Yoga, as well as somatic psychology, neuroscience, and trauma research.
- Embodiment – There exists the possibility for us as human beings to become fully personified – for the awareness and aptitude that is ordinarily associated with the mind to become wake up throughout the whole body.
- we have a wide open field for a variety of methods that integrate Yoga and psychology to be created, studied, researched, and implemented.
In spirit, the relationship of Yoga and material science can be summarized to ‘as above, so below’. Whatever changes occur through Yoga at a spiritual level is reflected at the material level. Those changes can be examined, verified and attested by science and made available to the majority of people. After all, Truth is not a point but a range. At the one pole of the range is Spirit and at the other is Matter.