As we consciously practice asanas, we do not only feel better but feel better, that is, we are more sensitive to everything in our lives. As our sensitivity deepens and extends, we practice asanas to practice the exercise of greater yoga: discovering ourselves and dharma (our real goal) and overcoming obstacles that obstruct this path.
In the Yoga Sutra, Patanjali explains the five main brains (obstacles) on the yogic track. They are avidya, ignorance; asmita, ego; raga, affection for joy; wicked, unhappy with pain; and abhinivesha, the fear of death. Although there are many yogic methods for treating the kills, the asana practice – both the things that are done and the ways in which we work – can be one of the strongest yoga tools that helps us overcome these mischiefs.
Among the Asans, the back cloak is particularly useful as they need a strong concentration and open the chest and the heart. Let's take a look at how the back waves – and especially one of the most common backrests, Urdhva Mukha Shvanasana (puppies upward looking) – can help with confronting and overcoming the kleshas.  In the Savitri epic poem, Sri Aurobindo Indian wise writes: "If ignorance is there, it must suffer there too." Avidya also appears in our physical bodies in the mind that will be unable to listen or retain and recall the information. If we want to eliminate our ignorance, we must improve our ability to focus our attention and our ability to reassure our consciousness. In fact, a non-developed brain can not be relaxed. So the ability to concentrate is the forerunner of learning how to silence the brain. Because they require this focus, your backs are extremely effective means of overcoming ignorance. The protractions also help to overcome the asmita, the ego barrier, because they open up the heart center, the seat of our relationship with our superior self. Asmita is the small, individual mistake of identifying me with the universal, highest Self. The ego thinks he knows everything and thinks he's around the universe. As the ego grows, consciousness moves from the heart to the brain. Over time, the relationship between the mind and the heart – the smaller self and the greater I – are lost. The rear axles will turn back to this connection.
Chest and heart events provided by the backs also offset the last three of the five calfs: raga, dækha and abhinivesha. Raga, our attachment to our joy is an in vain grasp of the ephemera – which we can only be transient. By closing our chest and stopping the heart center. Dashha, despite the pain, also closes our heart's door. When we cover the pain, cover the shadows, the parts of ourselves that are suppressed because they do not like the ego. Like raga, our dislike is not open, with broad arms, but expresses an aggressive, defensive posture. And it's a shame, the fear of death, the father of all fears, the primary cause of all shrinking of the chest, the capture of magic, and the retreat into our little self.
For these obstacles, Hatha yoga has a powerful remedy: from the back. And since Urdhva Mukha Svanasana appears in the Sun Salutation, it is an excellent opportunity for yogis to learn to use asana practice against ignorance, ego, attachment to joy, fear of pain and fear of death.
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