I just wanted to post a quick note for my readers in England who have written to me asking for techniques which can help speeding up manifestation. I am a firm believer in the idea that a healthy mind and a healthy body go together – indeed, I would go further than this, and propose that unless you’re engaged in some kind of physical fitness regime, you can’t really overcome stress, and you can’t expect to be able to use manifestation effectively.
One of the reasons for this is because when you’re visualizing a desired outcome, you need to be in a state of relaxation – and if you are highly stressed, you’re not likely to be able to relax enough to effectively visualize your goals and objectives clearly – and certainly not in the right state of brain activity, the state of brain activity which is known to be responsible for facilitating the transfer of your thoughts to the part of the universe which is “in charge of” manifestation.
What this means in practice – at least for me – is that you need to follow some physical discipline such as yoga, tai chi, or perhaps something more physical like a programme of gym exercises so that your body is healthy and can act as suitable vehicle for your co-ordinated and disciplined mind.
The benefits of yoga are described in detail here http://www.yogajournal.com – if you read it, you’ll see what a good practice yoga can be, beneficial to both the mind and the body, and certainly keeping effect healthy into old age.
1. Improves your flexibility
Improved flexibility is one of the first and most obvious benefits of yoga. During your first class, you probably won’t be able to touch your toes, never mind do a backbend. But if you stick with it, you’ll notice a gradual loosening, and eventually, seemingly impossible poses will become possible. You’ll also probably notice that aches and pains start to disappear. That’s no coincidence. Tight hips can strain the knee joint due to improper alignment of the thigh and shinbones. Tight hamstrings can lead to a flattening of the lumbar spine, which can cause back pain. And inflexibility in muscles and connective tissue, such as fascia and ligaments, can cause poor posture.
2. Builds muscle strength
Strong muscles do more than look good. They also protect us from conditions like arthritis and back pain, and help prevent falls in elderly people. And when you build strength through yoga, you balance it with flexibility. If you just went to the gym and lifted weights, you might build strength at the expense of flexibility.
3. Perfects your posture
Your head is like a bowling ball—big, round, and heavy. When it’s balanced directly over an erect spine, it takes much less work for your neck and back muscles to support it. Move it several inches forward, however, and you start to strain those muscles. Hold up that forward-leaning bowling ball for eight or 12 hours a day and it’s no wonder you’re tired. And fatigue might not be your only problem. Poor posture can cause back, neck, and other muscle and joint problems. As you slump, your body may compensate by flattening the normal inward curves in your neck and lower back. This can cause pain and degenerative arthritis of the spine.
So it’s a given for me that yoga is a practice we should all engage in, but the more remarkable assertion has been made that yoga can actually aid the process of manifestation:
Are you familiar with the concept of manifesting? In a nutshell it’s about creating the life you truly want (with some interesting universal twists thrown in) by visualising what you want, infusing it with love and complete belief and then simply letting the desire for it go.
If that sounds far too confusing (and a little bit like wishful thinking) then perhaps it might help to know that you already do it. Everything and everyone we have in our lives has been manifested there by us. You have created your own life, your own universe and your own circumstances. It’s really quite empowering! Whether you like it or not, where you are right now and how happy you are right now is all because of you. Learning how to consciously manifest – how to create the life you truly want – is totally in your hands.
Maybe you’re brand new to manifesting, or maybe you’re an old hat at it. There are a thousand different techniques ranging from dream boards to chakra balancing (the internet is filled with tips and tricks if you’ve got a few hours) and while I can’t tell you which ones will work for you and which ones won’t, I can tell you that a regular yoga practice may be just the thing you need to tip the odds in your favour. Here are my top reasons why:
Yoga gets us in touch with our inner self
Some people like to call it their soul, others their ‘divine self’, but whatever your name for it, we’re talking about that part of you that makes you, you! Your essence – the part of you that isn’t your job, your gender, your likes and dislikes or even your thoughts. Maybe you haven’t spent a lot of time with this part of yourself, but it’s the part that knows what you really should be manifesting! Spending some time on the mat will help you get closer to this part of yourself and help you to figure out what to bring into your life for your highest good. It takes time, patience and a whole lot of practice, and can be a lot more confronting than you think, but it’s this constant effort to really get to know yourself that’s going to result in you having the life of your dreams.
As you can see, while many people have spoken about the techniques that can help you manifest reality, as far as I’m aware very few people have actually recognised the benefits of yoga as an aid to using The Law of Attraction. Like I said above, for my readers in Wiltshire and Somerset, I can offer a website that I know has good, reliable, and fully trained yoga teachers’ class listings on it – check here to get details of the classes.