As a yoga practitioner for the last 10 years, I have personally observed the mind-body connection. When I work on “inner growth”, I know that my practice will act as a mirror to my soul.
And there have been many “aha! moments”.
The times when my ego would restrain the movement into difficult asanas; but through “Pranayama”, or the control of breathing, I was able to relax and flow like a river, expanding my ability to learn.
To remain open and let go is to find the answers that are already there.
Once, I found myself blocked and unable to complete a difficult asana for two years. It also happened that this time of frustration “mirrored” a difficult time in my life, a time when I was forcing life and trying to control it.
To master and move through this asana, I would have to “trust” myself and overcome mental obstacles.
A now simple “forearm balance” created an overwhelming amount of fear inside me. My life also lacked “balance” as I was I was going through so many transitions; I was overwhelmed. My ego did not let me accept what was happening. As I observed myself and this asana, the issues became clear and I soon progressed through the asana. Yoga is a great gift to the inner workings of the mind as it connects through the body.
Namaste, Jennifer Miller