Article by Alan Densky
The aim of a spiritual path is to raise our awareness to allow us to directly perceive the spiritual dimension. To be spiritual means to recognize one’s own spiritual identity and recognize the transcendental essence of all others. Additionally, it means to see that we are all connected to God and to respect each other in that regard. That is one of the goals of Yoga. But how can we be sure that there even is a God?
This comes through a reawakening of our higher sense of awareness and the perception of our spiritual identity. It is through the process of yoga and the pathway of Sanatana-dharma that we can achieve this higher awareness and comprehend exactly who we are. The Yoga-sutras of Patanjali comprise the basis of yoga practice. However, yoga itself is a deep and serious process, and there are multiple types of yoga that can be practiced. There are four main types of yoga depending on the yoga positions. There is:
Jnana-yoga is the pathway of intellectual growth and understanding the nature of reality.
Karma-yoga is the pathway of right action, detachment from the fruits of one’s deeds, and committing our activities to a higher, spiritual purpose. Raja-yoga or Astanga is the pathway of internal meditation and the achievement of higher states of consciousness through various practices. Bhakti-yoga is the pathway of raising our consciousness, and increasing our love and devotion for God and decreasing our attraction for the various aspects of the temporary material world.
There are many other types of yoga, but they are often considered branches of these four paths.
However, in the earliest stages, yoga is, essentially, a tool for controlling the flickering nature of the mind, and for promoting the growth of one’s finer traits and expanding one’s awareness from material to spiritual awareness. It is taught that Yoga is the process of completely calming the activities of the mind, which include sleep, memory, misconception, imagination, and perceived knowledge. When th ese are stabilized, then it can be called yoga, which provides the opportunity for the practitioner to become fully aware of his own essential and fundamental nature. Yoga is the attempt to realign our “individual” Selves with the Supreme Self, God.
When you progress in yoga you can feel the unwanted burdens of the mind melt away, such as anxiety, hate, anger, greed, discontent, envy, etc. Then other qualities like peacefulness, tranquility, contentment, and blissfulness will be experienced. These are qualities everyone is trying to find and are among the many things that can be accomplished with yoga, at least on the basic level. As you continue to progress, you may enter into the deeper levels of awareness and transcending the mind and gradually go so far as to attain realizations as to what your own spiritual identity is and what your relationship is with the Absolute. Becoming free from material life and reclaiming one’s spiritual identity is the goal of all types of yoga.
But despite all these benefits, people frequently find it quite difficult to follow this path. This is only because they lack the motivation to exercise. But once you start practicing Yoga on a regular basis, it will itself keep you motivated. The benefit of motivation from Yoga practice is what makes Yoga so different from all other health maintenance programs. Yoga can become a part of your everyday life because there is no pain involved.
Why do so many diets fail? Why do so many exercisers quit? Lack of motivation is usually the reason for diet and exercise failure. People already know they should exercise, drink more water, walk more, and eat better, but they must stay motivated without “burning out.”
When performing Yoga, positive energy flows throughout the classroom. Positive energy creates exercise motivation and creates powerful visions of success. The next step is to believe the powerful visions of success, which you see. Some people have a fear of success. Perhaps they inherently feel a lack of s elf-wort h, but Yoga also works on boosting one’s self-esteem. It is normal for people to feel apprehensive about change, but change is often one of the gateways to success.
We can say that consistency is essential as far as the benefits of yoga are concerned while we have to take care of the yoga positions. We can’t derive benefits from yoga if we are not consistent with our routine. If we fail to be consistent, then it is very hard to get the positive results and yoga can’t be blamed for this. To stay motivated, a beneficial technique to use is motivational hypnotherapy.
Self hypnosis therapy has proven to be very effective in keeping us motivated. Self hypnosis is based on the combination of auto suggestion and visual imagery, and it works on a deeper unconscious level than imaginable. Motivational hypnosis therapy converses with your unconscious mind, and urges it to alter self-perception and self-image.
The unconscious mind is largely responsible for the way we think and react. If we train it to think along more positive lines, your subsequent behavior will change as well. You will be motivated to understand the incredible potential that lies within all of us, and by using hypnosis techniques you can tap into that potential. Through positive affirmations such as “I can do it” along with positive visual imagery, self hypnosis programs can retrain your mind into believing that everything is possible, and nothing is impossible. This simply means that yoga combined with motivational hypnosis can help us to swiftly move towards success.
About the Author
Alan B. Densky, CH established his hypnotherapy practice in 1978. He offers a wide range of hypnotherapy programs for all aspects of self-improvement, including self-hypnosis for exercise motivation.
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