By Bharat Thakur*
It’s all in the mind.
Out of the million inhabiting every corner of the world, there are only a few who catch our eye and appear to be different from the rest. Something about their personality seems to draw us to them and makes us want to believe every word they say: whether true or not.
What is it about some people that make them so charming? Usually it has nothing to do with looks. How a person on the outside does not affect his inner true self. It is all about how you carve yourself mentally and emotionally. You need to control your mental and emotional being. You may do numerous asanas to work on different parts of the body, but you reap the true benefits of yoga when you are also able to work on your mind and your attitude. After all, in the words of the great sage Patanjali, “yohag chitt varitti nirodah” or Yoga is a technique of control of mind.
The eight-fold path to yoga or Ashtang yoga comprises yama, niyama, pratyahara, asana, pranayama, dharana, dhyana and Samadhi.
The first three yama, niyama, pratyahara help one to gain control over mind. They teach the basic principles of leading a good and peaceful life, something that we often choose to ignore and hence make our lives complicated. Having a set of values to abide by, good physical mental hygiene and control over senses makes one strong and fearless and source of inspiration for others. You will become so independent that you will not be affected by the world around you. You will not have to look any where for solutions to problems. The solutions will come from within.
You will have not to depend upon anyone for happiness. You will be the source of your happiness. If you look at the world around you, this is what most people lack and this also what only a few possess that makes them charming and magnetic.
A good leader is one who has the clarity of mind and control over his senses. Trataka helps in balancing the nervous system and develops a strong will power, memory and concentration. Nadi Shodhana Asana balances and harmonises the flow of energy in the body. Moorcha Pranayama takes this balance to a higher-level cutting out distractions from the outside world and helps attaining high state of mental tranquility.
· Sit in any meditative posture.
· Bend forefinger and middle finger of your right hand.
· Close right nostril with thumb place ring finger between eyebrows and inhale through left nostril to count of 15.
· Exhale slowly through left nostril to count of 20.
· Do the same for 10-15 times.
· Now close your left nostril with ring and little fingers. Place thumb finger between eyebrows and inhale and exhale through right nostril.
· Do it for 10-15 times.
Raise your arm keeping fist clenched and thumb at eye level.
Focus on the tip of thumb without blinking.]
Now, keeping the eyes focused on the top of the thumb, move the arm to one side.
Now move to the other side.
Repeat 3 to 5 times.
Now, rub the palms of both hands together till they feel warm.
Place the palms over both eyes and feel the warmth spread from the palms to the eyes.
Feel the eyes relax and focus for a minute on the soothing darkness.
Hold the position until the warmth of the palms has been transferred to the eyes.
Repeat three times.
Sit in the comfortable meditation asana(Preferably padmasana)
Keep the head and spine straight.
Perofrm Shambavi mudra (eyes steady looking in the void and keep the mind focused in the heart.)
Keep the arms straight by locking the elbows and pressing the knees with the hands.
Retain the breath inside for as long as is compfortable.
Exhale slowly while relaxing the arms. Close the eyes and bring the head back to the upright position.
Relax the whole body for a few seconds, keeping the eyes closed. Expereince the lightness and tranquility in the mind and body.
Source: Saturday EXTRA, The Tribune, November 7, 2009