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5 Yogic Practices to Achieve Human Wellbeing

Author is a certified Yoga Teacher and Evaluator by Ministry of AYUSH, Government of India.

Introduction

Wellbeing is a necessity of all times. Wellbeing is said to be achieved when a human being is healthy physically and mentally. On a broad spectrum, human wellbeing is inclusive of various elements like material, spiritual, physiological, psychological, social, cultural, and emotional health. When each of these elements is in an adequate proportion, an overall picture of wellbeing can be achieved. Otherwise, there could be numerous never-ending difficulties. Let us understand and analyze it from a yogic point of view.

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Physiological Elements Complement for Psychological Elements

The human mind is the most complex as well as delicate of all. It has got the most intricate mechanism to such an extent that sometimes it is said that each psychologist can introspect only his mental processes. Tolerance is the quality by the building of which solutions can be figured out to various complications. And to achieve this, the mind has to be fed the right fodder, else it becomes an enemy to self. At this juncture, there arises a question – What is ‘Self’? Just as the human being is made up of “Pancha tatwa “(five elements), the physical elements; we are also made up of “Pancha koshas” (five sheaths), the subtle elements. Both the categories of elements put together may be said to constitute the self. Each feed so fed enters either of the five sheaths before developing an impression at a physical and mental level. The output of such feed will be in the form of karma (our actions).

We, the Jeevatma, are made up of five sheaths and through our karma, we lead the life, a journey towards the Paramatma. The path which we select using our Chitta in the process of joining the Paramatma is dependent upon our karma, and a Jeevatma joining the Paramatma is Yoga.

Getting into Multiple Illusions—Crafting a Trap for Ourselves

Illusions are very often the trap that we craft for ourselves. It keeps us stacked with the worldly desires and builds unnecessary, intrusive stress and anxiety. It haunts us from every angle possible. It is like striking a pawn square cut on the board, hitting all the elements of human wellbeing and we remain to anticipate the expected results. Only the ones who understand these concepts, things can be seen with more clarity. Ignorance of this knowledge brings us frustration. It is mentioned in ancient yogic literature that with the continuous practice of sadhana, the Sadhaka, the practitioner, will be capable of visualizing the future. In the present age, it might seem to be next to impossible. However, it is strongly believed that the practitioners’ intuition gets substantiation.

How Does Yoga Have a Role in Fixing Fallacy on Wellbeing at All Levels?

Yogic practices help us to keep ourselves strong in all five layers. Each limb of ashtanga yoga strives to eliminate, step by step, the distractions in the path of ‘wellbeing’.

1. Yama and Niyama eliminate the disturbances which are caused by unrestricted emotions and desires. This can be paralleled with Annamaya kosha. It is not just what we eat is food, but all forms of feedthrough different senses are considered as food. Self-restraints and social observances when practiced checks the feed at every stage.

2. Asana and Pranayama eliminate the disorders arising from the physical body. This can be connected to Pranamaya kosha. Prana means energy. As long as this energy exits, life continues. The practice of asana makes us way sitting for a prolonged time in order to practice various breathing exercises, expanding an individual’s energy into cosmic energy.

3. Pratyahara, by warding off the sense organs from the mind, cutting off from the external world and the impersonations which it produces on the mind. Just as the tortoise withdraws its limbs when it encounters threat. This can be identified with Manomaya kosha. It does correspond to the functioning of our brain.

4. Dharana and Dhyana. Building the ability to focus all the mind’s energy and attention towards one-pointedness for meditative absorption are Dharana and Dhyana. This can be paired with Vijnanamaya kosha, through which supreme knowledge is attainable, moving into a deeper level of consciousness.

5. Samadhi limb can be associated with Anandamaya Kosha. It is the blissful sheath, closest to our innermost self. It is the highest state of consciousness. Here there would be no distinction between the act of meditation and the object of meditation.

With sufficient practice, even the no-mind state of mind will also grow strong along with the practice, and consequently, samskaras will remain. Mastery over the techniques of yogic practices enables the mind and in turn, it further enables the practitioner to control and operate the functioning of the mind. The mind shall thus, be completely isolated from the external world. The Sadhaka (achiever) will thus, be in a position to deal with it without any interference from outside.

How Our Actions Will Lead Us to Attain Well-Being?

The correlation between well-being and karma philosophy is to be understood here and it all starts with our minds. Right from the very first thought of our life that we get in our growing up years late up until our last breath. Each thought builds its impression on our mind followed by our actions.

Awareness of karma samskaras is also required for a person’s well-being from a yogic perspective. Only then can an individual opt to choose the path forward in the journey of life. Actions can either bind or liberate one from this world, but actions without selfish motives are what bring us wellbeing in every sense. As is said in Bhagwad Gita, everyone is forced to act helplessly according to the qualities he has acquired from the modes of material nature. Hence in this sense, regular determined practices are predominant in attaining wellbeing.

How much of these are effective? It depends on each person’s capabilities to perform the same. Every action has an equal and opposite reaction. Similarly, each action of ours will have two results. One apparent and the other subtle. Accountability of these results no one knows. These may not be understood for the skeptical mind and with the present level of wisdom.

The Wellbeing of Each Individual Contributes to the World Peace.

As the famous saying goes, tiny drops make a mighty ocean. Likewise, the wellbeing of every individual establishes peace in the world. Contentment brings peace. Therefore, every session of yoga ends with a canto, and the connotation is as follows: Pray all become happy, healthy, and free from illness, see what is auspicious, and no one suffer in any way.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 Ashwini Kini

Comments

Ashwini Kini (author) from Dakshin Kannad on September 22, 2020:

Thank you Ms. Rashmi

Ashwini Kini (author) from Dakshin Kannad on September 22, 2020:

Thank you Ms. Ashwini A S

Rashmi on September 20, 2020:

Very nice and informative article. All the best..ashwini

Ashwini.A.S. on September 14, 2020:

Very informative...all should read and adopt the same for their well-being.Yoga will give pease,good health and increase our ability to lead our life better.Very good article,this will help every one.

All the best

Ashwini Kini (author) from Dakshin Kannad on September 12, 2020:

Thank you Umeshji

Umesh Chandra Bhatt from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on September 10, 2020:

Well explained. Useful.

Ashwini Kini (author) from Dakshin Kannad on September 07, 2020:

Thank you Mr.Shaji

Shaji on September 06, 2020:

Nice article, well written and informative!!

Ashwini Kini (author) from Dakshin Kannad on September 05, 2020:

Thank you Ms.Lakshmi for your feedback on the article. Its a very good subject indeed. Discussions on these will certainly help in getting people involved in it.

LAKSHMI U on September 05, 2020:

A very good article, which keeps reminding us of all the various aspects of life which leads to a happy contented life. We used to have theory classes of what you have mentioned in our daily yoga classes, but the moment we stop regular class we tend to forget. Great work madam.

Ashwini Kini (author) from Dakshin Kannad on September 05, 2020:

Thank you so much for motivating me to write more Yogiji. Shall certainly make an effort towards that.

Yes, "Illusions Are Trap Trust Your Intuition" is one such thought which we should keep reminding ourselves to save ourselves I feel. And to trust our intuition undoubtedly it's required to have a broad understanding of all these concepts and it's interconnection. My interest in such aspects actually made me pen it down.

Seek Inwards Yogi from Hyderabad on September 04, 2020:

Ashwini ji,

At the outset, congratulations on attempting to introduce an abstract concept. The panchakoshas, Ashtanga Yoga, Mind, Karma, the overall well-being —how the aspects are interconnected is well brought out.

Must say that the article can be a preamble to a part two as you have touched upon a topic too vast to be contented with just one piece.

Request you to draw a few examples for elucidation and impress upon the readers on how we are our own friends/enemies when it comes to well-being. That trunk of the tree where it entangled itself is symbolic of the same?

Also please dwell a bit more on intuition. You pointed to how it may lead to clairvoyance, that’s interesting. Do elaborate.

That caption is quote-worthy