Yoga is among the key mental,physical, and spiritual disciplines and practices that are performedto transform the mind and the body. According to Frager & Fadiman(2013) the ultimate goal of performing Yoga is to achieveself-realization by turning the consciousness from within and unitingit the self. This is a systematic practice that involves calming ofthe mind and doing the best to focus one’s consciousness on thesources or the self. Although the levels of psychological growth varywith the branch of yoga, they all require one’s ability to withdrawconsciousness from events taking place in the external world andturning it back to the self.
The most important andchallenging action for a successful yoga practice is silencing of themind in order to allow the consciousness to connect with the self.According to Thomas (2006) calmness can only be achieved if viadivine submission to the greater good in one’s daily life andthings that brings psychological or the spiritual pleasure. Thiscalls for the transcendence of the positive emotions (such as love,honesty, and joy) to help yogi penetrate layers of unconsciousbehavior until the minds clears the thoughts and ensure it does notdissolve into anything.
The person practicing yoga isable to not only establish the link between the consciousness and theself, but also identify the value of positive emotions. This is basedon the fact that oneself is the changeless thing in the world andlinking the consciousness with it helps an individual avoid theturmoil emotions and thoughts by promoting the positive ones (Frager& Fadiman, 2013). This means that people become more aware oftheir self once they stop identifying themselves with theever-changing mind and the body.
Frager, R., & Fadiman, J.(2013). Personality andpersonal growth (7th ed.).Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall.
Thomas L. (2006). DivinePlay: the Silent Teaching of Shivabalayogi.Twin Lakes, WI: Lotus Press.