The merging of soul and the supreme soul or the meeting of athma and paramathma in subtle world. The practice of yoga postures has beneficial impact on the entire body. The postures tone the muscles, tissues, ligaments, spine, kidney, liver, heart, joints and nerves, as well as maintaining and improving the health and functioning of all the body systems. It is important to keep practicing until you become familiar with and comfortable in, the postures. When this is achieved, the full benefits are felt by the body, mind and soul. This is why routines should be practiced as often as possible and also to keep the endurance level high. A number of repetitions is recommended for each pose, but work at your own pace. Work your way through the progressions gradually but do not try to do too much too soon.
All seated postures improve flexibility to the hips, knees, ankles, joints, spine and the ligaments. It reduces tensions in the diaphragm and throat, making breathing smoother and easier. The spine become firm pacifies the brain and stretches the muscles of the heart.
All lateral extension postures (twist) create flexibility in the spine and shoulders. They activate and nourish the pelvic and abdominal organs, and bring relief to back, hip and groin problems. As the spine becomes more supple, blood flow to the spinal nerves improves, and energy levels are raised. When practicing twist, lift the spine first, and then turn the abdomen, chest and finally the head. Moving the shoulder blades into the back will improve the turn.