Yoga is a holistic tool that allows us to feel connected to the physical and spiritual aspects of the being. Here are five ways that connection manifests.
“Connection is the energy that is created between people when they feel seen, heard and valued — when they can give and receive without judgment.” — Brene Brown
Connection! A most valued word for human beings, no doubt. However, the significance of the word and its meaning are slowly losing traction in today’s world of modernization and digitalization. We are losing our connection to people, society, relations, and even to ourselves. In the context of yoga, connection plays a very important role. After all, yoga means unity. Connecting the mind, body, and soul while practicing yoga enhances our practice, brings us more awareness, gives us ability and strength, and finally, gives life and meaning to the physical practice.
To a yogi, the word connection holds a lot of importance. It provides a technique to unite the body, mind, and soul, the mind and breath, the inner core to being, and then to the spiritual aspect of the being. This unification leads to greater connection off the mat with loved ones, friends, family, our work, environment, etc. which makes us more compassionate and brings balance to life.
Here are five ways yoga helps us feel and become more connected to every aspect of life, and especially connected to the self.
Body & Mind Synchronization
The first thing yoga intends to do is to unite the body, mind, and soul. Sure, lots of people are physically active, but their mind is not always active in doing so—this disconnection can negatively affect a person in the long run.
With daily yoga practice, the mind and body become more synchronized, diminishing the feeling of being exhausted, disconnected, and fragmented. Consciously uniting the mind and body through breath and posture, yoga induces a positive feeling and makes us more present-minded, focused, and energized.
Deep Connection to Self
One of the most crucial connections that yoga tries to build is with the Self.
To achieve the mind-body-soul unification that yoga encourages, it takes practice. Through this process of progression and self-achievement, we are able to become the best versions of ourselves and transform our entire being.
On the mat, while practicing breath control, meditating, at every step with a yoga practice, we delve deeper inside us in order to find the lost true Self. Yoga is an inner expedition that begins the day you decided to step on the mat to experience change.
Get on the mat, commence the journey of self-discovery, be steady, perform asana, breathe, calm the mind, and go into a meditative trance to build inner connection first, and then, connect with the universal consciousness.
Connection to Your Instinct for Awareness
It is essential to spend quality time with yourself in order to connect with your intuition, both as a yogi and as a human being. Yoga is the perfect way to develop a deeper connection with your inner-Self, which brings clarity to the mind. When your mind is clear, you can begin to focus on your life’s path and goals. In these moments of clarity, we ignite realizationawareness.
Yoga, indeed, helps you tap into your instinct. In this voyage, meditation is a key practice to facilitate this intuitive connection. Meditation calms the mind to create the space for intuition to jump in and guide us with clarity, insight, and full awareness.
We’re all interconnected with one another by the vital life force (prana) that flows in and around us and is often referred to as energy. We are all affected in different ways by the people around us—some people make us feel uplifted or energized, while others can leave us feeling exhausted, drained, or repulsive.
The fact that others have the power to sway your own energy goes to show that we are all connected energetically. Through our actions, deeds, thoughts, work, etc., we are able to dynamically affect one another. Recognizing and understanding the unity between all human beings pushes us to treat people with greater respect, love, and kindness. When we realize we are all connected, we change our perception of people, which helps to improve all of our relationships—at work, with friends, colleagues, family, and even with strangers.
Connect with Kinder People
Yoga is an opportunity to form a connection with people—specifically, people with whom we share common interests, values, and experiences. Yoga is a source that can bring communities across the globe together, sharing the same platforms and practices and working on building positive relationships with ourselves, with others, and with the world around us.
As a yogi, take advantage of the opportunity you have to connect deeply with your yoga community. The more we can find and connect with like-minded individuals, the better, full, and complete we feel, bringing us more joy and happiness throughout our lives.
Yoga means union, and through this practice, we can cultivate connections that positively impact our entire beings and lives—connections that are so desperately needed in our modern society that advocates for superficial, online social interactions that leave us feeling lonely and isolated when we log off.
About the Author
Bipin Baloni is a passionate Yogi, Yoga Teacher, and a Traveller in India. He provides Ayurvedic Treatment In Kerala. He loves writing and reading books related to yoga, health, nature, and the Himalayas. Website: https://rishikulayurshala.com/