The Light on Life
Aligning your Body, Mind, and Soul
“It is through the alignment of the body that I discovered the alignment of my mind, self, and intelligence.” ~ B.K.S. Iyengar
When I think about the complexity and composition of the human body, I visualise a blueprint with a foundation firmly grounded and sophisticated enough to fight natural disasters. When our bodies are stacked, joint over joint, the physical body can perform and achieve at its highest capabilities because the foundation is fully supporting the conscious mind. When you can learn to align your body in the purest, most correct posture, you can take your physical body on a journey of a lifetime, called Yoga.
No matter what style of yoga you practise, or where – whether it’s Ashtanga at the poshest studio in the city, a yoga workshop abroad, or on your living room floor – streaming your own desired practice, likely your yoga, has been influenced by B.K.S. Iyengar. He moulded the way we think about alignment and developed anatomically precise postures to achieve it. Once alignment is achieved in the body, the ego and her relationship with the spiritual mind begin to experience a global sense of peace, clarity, and divinity, otherwise known as Yoga.
Iyengar refers to the “heart of yoga” as being the role that yoga postures and breathing techniques play in our search for wholeness and optimal health. When this clarity is in the present mind, the science behind the yoga, when practised precisely, can transform our lives from sickness to health. Alignment isn’t only about stacking the joints but also, the interactions between the nervous and immune systems.
The relationship between the mental processes and health are on a neuroimmune level and instrumental in fighting disease and disorders and deficiencies. Asana practice is important on the yogic journey, but is not the end goal.
The purpose of asana is to align and harmonise the physical body, so all the layers of the subtle emotional, mental, and spiritual body come into alignment. This is integrated Yoga.
Alignment isn’t only about stacking the joints but also, the interactions between the nervous and immune systems
So, the question really becomes, how do you align these layers to experience integration? How does one find such profound transformation in what seemingly looks simply like stretching or twisting the body into unusual shapes? The answer lies within all of us…awareness. Awareness is like a looking glass. It intuitively has the ability to give us hard, cold, true facts. Awareness is your truth. Your truth about your demons and sins, your abilities and limitations, your desires and ambitions, and your health.
Awareness is like a looking glass. It intuitively has the ability to give us hard, cold, true facts
Alignment is a relationship you experience with your body and mind. It is a communication between the mind, body and soul, on a cellular level, to provide stability, strength, and optimal health.
Perhaps this makes a yoga practice seem complicated or even overwhelming. When referring to the health and wellness of our bodily systems, I would stand by my yoga practice for its abilities to heal and fight disease that I have experienced. When body-mind-soul is imbalanced, we feel resistance in the physical body, challenge and discontentment in the mind and emotional state, and disconnected spiritually and energetically. Awareness of where your body and mind align is the answer to finding your truest and most optimal health. Your yoga is the answer to balancing the body, mind, and soul relationship. Namaste