each kind of distraction is to be met by an antidote of its
own, though it is not unlikely that the distractions and their
remedies are mutually related among themselves. The yogangas
(helps to yoga) represent the method of getting rid of the
distempers of the soul in a progressive fashion.
if bodily infirmity, unsteadiness of the limbs, and breathing
upset the mind and render concentration difficult or
impossible, these must be controlled and eradicated.
Cleanliness of the body, as of the mind, is therefore
necessary for concentration. Then again, the yogin must learn
to control his limbs – he must try to sit straight like the
trunk of a tree, with the spine, the neck, and the head in one
line and assume certain postures (asana) that are
favourable to concentration.
the autonomic system could be controlled through the slender
connection with the nervous system was a great discovery of
the Yoga system and it still retains its title to the sole
possession of the technique to bring that about.
is acknowledged that the condition of the body has some hand
in determining the state of the mind, and hence prescriptions
cover not only the discipline of the mind, but also the
control of the body.
really makes yoga different is the mental focus and attention
that we bring to bear
on the body - the stream of attention we focus as we do the