In yoga class, teachers talk about "alignment." What is the purpose of alignment and why is it crucial for our bodies and minds?
When we bring awareness to our bodies in space, our knowledge of alignment changes. We feel it in our bodies from the ground up. The breath circulates through our lungs, one movement to the next, creating energy and light as we flow with ease. If we don't take the time to properly adjust ourselves in class, we can put pressure on our joints, and irritate muscles, ligaments, and tendons. This can cause injury. The effects could be worse if these same movements are done improperly over a long period of time. Taking the time to align ourselves and make intelligent decisions when practicing yoga, can only create results that make us feel great afterwards.
What are the parallels between alignment physically and alignment mentally? Allowing people into our lives that bring us down in any capacity can cause stress and pain, disrupting the flow of our daily lives. If we focus on alignment by surrounding ourselves with positive, supportive, and open minded people, then we start to feel better about ourselves and our goals. Positive people lift us up and make us happy, which in turn, allows for great things to come into our lives. The alignment of people, places, and things that bring out the best in us and allow us to shine, gives us the same outcome as a completely aligned yoga practice.
When there is misalignment in yoga, we are hurting our bodies, but when we are misaligned in life we are slowing down our journey to happiness. What is that famous Albert Einstein quote? "Insanity: Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results."
So, align yourself. Align your body, mind, soul, and life. Everything else is secondary.