Neuroscience is beginning to prove what our elders have long told us: discipline does you good.
By intentionally creating and repeating new habits, we can change our brains. We build new neuro pathways that alter…in some cases very dramatically…our perceptions and our lives.
‘Actions are not impositions on who we are, but expressions of who we are.’ -Dallas Willard
Bikram yoga is a carefully defined practice, which emphasizes two types of disciplined behaviors: disciplines of engagement and disciplines of withdrawal.
Why go to all this trouble? It prepares us for life outside the room. So we make better decisions, both in calm situations and in crisis.
Ultimately, the goal is a state of higher equilibrium and connection, also known as ‘samadhi’.
‘Samadhi can be compared to normal thought as a laser beam can be compared to normal light. Normal light is diffuse. A laser beam is highly concentrated light. The laser beam contains power that normal light does not. Similarly, samadhi is the mind in its most concentrated state. The mind in samadhi possess power that a normal mind does not.’
Want to learn more about the effect of (spiritual) disciplines on your brain?
Check out this interview on NPR. And then come to yoga.