Yoga teaches that each person manifests his nature through 5 bodies (shells):
1) physical body
2) pranic body (energy that fills every cell of the body, supports the physical body)
3) the mental body (the body of consciousness, expressed through thought, reasoning and meditative processes, a bond for the first two bodies)
4) intuition (the body of reason and intuitive knowledge, supports and complements the mental body)
5) body of bliss (completely immaterial body of joy, happiness, comfort, bliss).
The roughest shell is the physical one. The most subtle is the body of bliss. The study of these sheaths in yoga goes from the coarser (simple) to the more subtle (complex).
The rough shell is called so because we physically feel this level due to its materiality, it is easier to study in relation to other bodies and, if desired, develops. Without primary attention to this shell, it is hardly possible to move to the finer aspects of human nature.
Yes, we all have a physical body. It is different for everyone, but the laws by which it functions are the same. At the same time, our body is a wildly complex thing, combining a dozen of the same complex individual systems intertwined with each other: nervous, cardiovascular, sensory, muscular, digestive, respiratory, etc.
At the same time, science continues to study them and form new knowledge about our body. New knowledge about our body gives us new opportunities to take care of our body, develop our skills and abilities, “move” our glass wall of bodily and mental capabilities forward. The state of the physical body depends on many factors: for example, food, water, air, physical activity, sun, sleep and wakefulness, etc. Keeping your body in good shape and healthy is important for any activity: whether it is physical or intellectual work.
Nobody likes to get sick (although sometimes it was normal at school, just not to go to classes), few people at 30 like to look and feel 40-50 years old.
What can yoga offer to keep the physical body in a satisfactory condition?
- healthy eating
- asanas practice
- cleansing practices
- adherence to sleep patterns
- breathing gymnastics
If these practices become systematic, focused and full of your and your teacher attention on what you are doing, then this not only improves overall well-being, vigor and concentration, but can also develop new neural connections in the brain, which are necessary to improve perception, speed of thinking and mood. So it was in my case: constant stress at work, a sedentary lifestyle, constant illness (3-4 times a year), apathy, a heavy mood 6 days a week, through a recommendation led me to yoga 5 years ago.
This has changed my life significantly. Morning and evening practices have become an outlet for me. My first workout ended with 5 Surya Namaskar A and 3 Surya Namaskar B, and after that I went to rest - my body and brain were not ready for this. But interest in a new immense and at the same time pleasant pastime, when the brain “silences” the flow of thoughts, returned me to the mat with systematics and growing bodily metamorphoses (pumped breathing, flexibility, balance, strength, endurance, coordination).
Join our classes with Sasha in Lisbon, we will work together on our rough shell, but important and customizable at any age!