Yoga is Somatopsychic. This means yoga has a mind-body relationship. The body posture affects the emotions and the state of mind. Yoga works at both mental and physical levels. Thereby fostering harmonious functioning of the person.
Asanas and movements
Simple yoga postures gently stretch and strengthen muscles. Thereby improving mobility, flexibility, respiration, circulation, digestion and elimination. Thus promoting a general sense of health and well being.
It is difficult to feel low-depressed with a straight spine and open shoulders. Similarly, when we are ill or upset, our body language reflects it. That is, our shoulders are rounded and our spine is compressed. The breathing-energy has no space for optimal movement, which eventually affects the state of mind.
Pranayama (Breathing practices)
Breathing is the interface between body and mind. It is constantly being influenced by our emotions and activities (unlike heart beating). Also we can consciously modify it. Breathing, smoothly and consistently, harmonises body and mind, manages stress and reduce energy blockages.
Learning how to relax is another central element of Yoga. Relaxation is the body’s way of recharging, and helps to ease physical and mental tension. They also help in pain management.
Meditation enables one to cope better with situations that put the body and mind under strain. The two most-widely-used meditation practices are ‘mindfulness meditation’ and ‘emotion culturing’. In mindfulness meditation one gets to know oneself by observing one’s thoughts and emotions without judging them. In emotion culturing one explores the reduction of fear and other negative emotions by replacing them with positive emotions.
The mind and body cannot be separated. They affect each other. Thus, good posture and movement through the day keeps you happy and healthy.