Discipline of the mind and the body is the essence of yoga. Many yoga practitioners feel that without proper discipline and control over the mind and the body, you can not truly experience the full benefits of yoga. Part of the practice of yoga involves concentration and meditation, usually on breathing, to clear the mind and ground oneself to the spiritual and the emotional.
It is also important to remain disciplined in the practice of yoga. Once committed, regular yoga practice is the only way to tap into yoga’s true spiritual and health benefits. Regular practice increases concentration and the blood’s circulation and generally creates in one a sense of overall well-being.
Traditionally, the Hindu religion teaches spiritual and religious discipline in conjunction with yoga. The almost trance-like state experienced by some practitioners of yoga is believed to allow the mind to expand and receive knowledge and enlightenment, an essential element of many religion-based forms of yoga.
More widely practiced in the West, yoga without the practice of a religion focuses more on the physical discipline. Yoga as exercise helps to increase your body’s control and flexibility. You may find that the form of yoga you practice can be enhanced by heightened concentration and meditation and many instructors (yogis) focus on this as an integral part of the practice of yoga.
When intermingled with the meditation and focus on breathing, yoga also helps to control cravings. The emotional and physical control yoga creates allows one to more easily regulate how their body reacts to stress and increases the ability to have self-control. Many who practice yoga for weight loss experience as many benefits from the psychological discipline they develop as they do from the physical discipline.
To help with regular and sustained practice of yoga, you may choose to join a yoga class or have personal instruction from a yogi. Regular yoga practice at home can also be beneficial. Developing discipline takes place over time. You may even need to practice certain exercises repeatedly before mastery is attained. By being disciplined and committed, you can experience the increased physical and emotional well-being yoga provides.
Attaining emotional discipline and control can be trickier for some. That’s where meditation and concentration come in handy. Most practitioners concentrate solely on their breathing and free their mind from all other thoughts. Developing this discipline allows many people to remain calm during daily crises and help them develop self control over temptation (such as those faced when dieting).
Discipline and control allow practitioners of yoga to be at peace when practicing yoga and many practitioners translate that discipline into their everyday lives. To attain inner peace and overall well-being, yoga practitioners may even change their diet and their lifestyle to a healthier one, further enforcing the disciplines they have learned during the practice of yoga.
The application of yoga discipline in your everyday life can help you to become a calmer, more balanced human being and the health benefits caused by increased flexibility and improved circulation can allow you to live a longer and healthier life.