But outside India, the term ‘yoga’ is often associated only with the Hatha Yoga and its poses (asanas) — physical exercises that do not fully reflect the spiritual and mental aspects of yoga.
Many yoga practitioners forget that yoga is not just a physical exercise. Many Americans and Europeans mainly practice the poses, leaving out the critical mental and meditative practices, which can bring more balance and harmony in one’s life.
Yoga poses, chakras and prana flow
As we know from physics, we live in an ocean of wave energy, which is invisible to our eyes. An easy way to verify the existence of the invisible ocean of energy waves is to turn on the mobile phone, radio, or television. In order to work, they must use the unseen, but real, electromagnetic waves.
Of course, our energy body consists of thinner and higher energy waves than the ones which are used in the above-mentioned devices. Chakras are special energy vortexes in our energy body which, like antennas, are used to receive and transmit certain energies in the environment. Each chakra is tuned to its own vibrational frequency and therefore can work only with the energy of a certain frequency spectrum.
Prana – universal life energy and one of the fundamental beliefs in the worldview of the ancient yogis.
Yogis believe that all living creatures consist of the energy vortexes, and this energy animates all existing forms. They also believe that we live in an ocean of prana, and life is a continuous process of accumulation and transformation of prana into a means of influence on their internal world and the world around us.