The physical challenges we face when we are doing yoga exercise relate to our muscles and mind. By learning to have awareness of our body and mind in yoga class, with each challenge we practice deeper levels of balance of our body and mind. This kind of practice can also help us overcome limitations of our physical abilities.
When we face challenges in our relationships it can help us exercise the balance of spirit and mind. By awareness of the feelings of our heart and mind while we interact with people, we can overcome bad feelings, change our heart and improve the relationships we have with others and achieve a balance of the mind and spirit. The muscles in different parts of body have names. Our spiritual muscles related to different characteristic are called virtues. As we seek to improve challenging relationships we practice deeper levels of balance of spirit (heart) and mind. This kind of practice can also help us free our mind and spirit.
The wellness of the body can be sensed when our body feels good. The wellness of our soul is sensed in the feelings of the heart. We can express the sensations of body in a few words with different degrees. The feelings of our heart often can’t be verbalized.
Pain in our muscles is a warning sign for our body’s wellness. Negative emotion is a warning sign for the wellness of the mind, and the condition of the human soul. Through yoga movements we practice the balance of body and mind. Through prayer and meditation we practice the balance of mind and spirit. With development of an exercise habit we can maintain and improve the condition of the body. With exercise of mindfulness we can maintain and improve the condition of the soul.
The balance of body and mind is maintained with yoga practice and moving meditation. With awareness of both body and mind, we can adjust the condition of each to lead to a balance. The same is true with the balance of mind and spirit. Awareness of the feelings of the heart and the mind can help us adjust the way we look at things or perceive things and lead to a balance. The essence of the human soul is invisible, but can be observed through the feelings of our heart and the condition of our mind.
We can practice yoga in spirit with meditation. But the real practice of yoga in spirit is in our daily life when we interact with people in challenging relationships. The improvement of a relationship and the reduction of emotion is the indicator of the improvement of wellness of mind and soul. It’s also the sign of the growth of inner life.
To serve people and serve the Cause of God is the best way to practice the balance of body, mind, and spirit. In order to not overemphasize bodily comfort and be able to serve, we practice the balance of body and mind. In order to glorify God in love and joy, we practice the balance of mind and spirit. Our mind controls what we do, so if we can practice to be the master of our own mind, then the balance of body, mind, and soul can be achieved. Our inner and outer being will become one. Then, the true self can be found and we can truly live as we were created.