Love manifests in 3 varieties:
Disinterested (Samartha): It is the highest kind in which the “amateur” seeks only the well-being of the “beloved”, regardless of the sufferings or difficulties that he has to go through. As does a mother sacrificing her sleep and comfort to take care of her newborn without expecting anything from him other than his well-being.
Mutual (Samañjasa): It is second kind, where the “amateur” seeks not only the well-being of the “beloved” but also his own
Selfish (Sadharana): It is the lowest kind where the “amateur” only cares for his own happiness without regard for the well-being or suffering of the “beloved.” It could be understood as exploitation rather than love.
The practice of Bhakti Yoga elevates us to the highest state of consciousness and love through the cultivation of emotions.
Yoga is the physical, mental and spiritual art and science that gives the practitioner the necessary tools to achieve that vital union or self-realization; Through the recognition, domination and use of its body, mind and intellect in its maximum potentialities; Overcoming all their conditioning and finally recovering their original identity of being a conscious and happy person in loving union with God.
Although it is already implicit in its definition, the primary objective of Yoga is to find the unity of the human being in the diversity of levels in which his days pass, to achieve the supreme goal of life that is his self-realization or loving encounter with God, the Supreme Lord. However, as far as practices are concerned, the objectives are based on the interests of practitioners who reach Yoga with different expectations. For some, Yoga is a means to achieve excellent physical health, beauty or the cure of a disease; For others, it is the way to develop to the maximum, their mental and intellectual faculties; And for others, Yoga is a philosophy of life in harmony, happiness, and prosperity, without losing the connection with the essential spiritual Being in a modern world of great technology, agitation and confusion. The goal is marked by the practitioner himself; And in this sense, one is the witness of his own experience.
YOGA AND THE SPINAL COLUMN
The spine is the axis of the body, the main structure to hold the weight of the human body. It has a key position in the development of health in general.
The spine protects the spinal cord and shows the youth and health of a person.
When any vertebra is out of position, it affects the muscles and nerves of that area and also the internal organs associated with it.
The individual vertebrae can be misaligned either by muscular tension, emotional stress, poor posture, lack of movement, falls or accidents or deviation of the pelvis. When the spine is misaligned, a vicious circle begins because it creates muscle tension in one area and requires the other parts of the back to work harder to compensate for the effort generated in the primary area.
By systematically stretching the body in all directions, however, you will be able to release those tensions and help the spine stay right.
When it is healthy and flexible, it can function properly, and it does it with ease. It is an intricate piece of construction that carries out an enormous variety of works. Thanks to it, we can stand, walk, crouch, pull back, sideways, turn, lift heavy objects or sleep in shrinking. It supports the weight of the skull, a load harder than we can imagine, the arms, the ribs and the rest of the upper body.
Serious deterioration can occur. We can stop this degeneration by practicing yoga, the most notorious method to develop and maintain the strength, balance and flexibility of the spine.
People who practice yoga have extraordinary spine. The vertebrae are clearly distinguishable and aligned. Exercises can strengthen and relax the spinal muscles, harmonizing the entire spine.
The way to increase the effectiveness of these exercises is to work simultaneously with the breathing, to establish a rhythm that allows to relax the movements. There are two very important principles related to the flexibility of the spine.
First, it must be stretched in its six possible directions: inclination forward, backward, to each side and turn to each side. This creates balance and symmetry in the spine.
Second, when practicing an exercise that stretches the spine in any direction, be sure to perform an exercise that stretches it in the opposite direction. In other words after doing a posture, do a counterposition as a complementary balance. The posture of the plow, for example, flexes the column forward. To balance it, you must continue with the posture of the cobra, which flexes it backwards.
Other better ways to drive our energy and be more relaxed:
– Stretch as much as you can when you wake up in the morning.
– Just walk. Walk for the pleasure of walking for half an hour every day. You can opt for fifteen minutes in the morning and fifteen in the afternoon or evening. While you do observe everything around you, people, scenery, and you will discover new details every day. Choose the gear you want and enjoy it.
-Exhale, exhale, exhale: Inhale softly and deeply and when you exhale do it long. Release the air, if possible emitting the SSSSS sound … at each exhalation, perform it two or three times until you feel your body relaxed.
– Get out of the car a few blocks before you get to work or home and walk.
– Get up and exhale at length while preparing your breakfast.
– Sitting in the carriage close your eyes and imagine a smile.
Tension is one of the obstacles to healthy living, which is why we must find new ways to lead to relaxation.
A form of relaxation based on breathing and what in clinical psychology is often called self-instruction:
Breathe deeply by holding the air for several seconds (at least 3 or 4) and exhaling slowly. Repeat it two or three times.
Say mentally, or better aloud, if circumstances permit: “I am calm. I feel calm. “Repeat this also two or three times.
Breath again as firstly indicated.
When you have alternated breathing with self-instruction (steps 1 and 2) for two or three minutes, the person is under control, and much more relaxed than at first.