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.
It’s a good idea to start with some stretches and yoga postures that help make the body stable and light. The whole process of yoga is to transcend the limitations of the mind. As long as you are in the mind, you are ruled by the past, because mind is just an accumulation of the past. If you are looking at life only through the mind, then you will make your future just like the past, nothing more and nothing less. Isn’t the world enough of a proof of that? It does not matter what opportunities come our way through science, technology and many other things, aren’t we repeating the same historical scenes again and again?
If you take a closer look at your own life, you will see the same repetition happening because as long as you are functioning only through the prism of the mind, you are functioning only with old data. The past is carried only in your mind. Only because your mind is active, the past exists. Suppose your mind ceases right now, is your past here? There is no past here, only the present. The reality is only present, but past exists through our minds. Or in other words, mind is karma. If you transcend the mind, you transcend the karmic bondage altogether. If you want to solve them one by one, it may take a million years. In the process of solving, you are also building new stock of karma.
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.