As yogic philosophy permeated the West, from fringe to zealous trend, the East Meets West lifestyle has inspired us all, at the least through interior design. The appeal, however, for those who crave exploration and discovery of the Self in connection with cosmic consciousness, is the knowledge that we can control our brainwaves (thoughts) leading to bliss. The goal of yoga, afterall, in it's most simplified sense is finding a state of happiness.
happiness + satisfaction = success * satisfaction + success = happiness * success + happiness = satisfaction
Tune into the intricate system of your mind-body-cosmic connection (yoga) and you might find a portal to manifesting your goals and desires. "Like attracts like" is one principle for concentrating, directing energy, and manifesting how you want your life to be. The reflection we are looking for begins within ourselves as a feeling. Yoga asanas are poses that infer to being in a state of balance and the feeling state of the pose is what is important to explore in order to balance life-energies, emphasizing and energizing positive emotions.
"Life is a matter of enthusiasm, derived from the greek words EN meaning in, and THEOS meaning GOD. Life is a matter of being in God: it is a matter of enthusiasm. With enthusiasm, we understand life's goodness, life's ecstasy, and then energize it. As you energize your life, your body's pores and glands begin to work more efficiently. Everything begins working better and everything begins a cleansing process on itself, physically, mentally, spiritually. It's called regeneration." ~Goswami Kriyananda
The more positive we are the more positive people and situations seem to come to us. When we direct our attention towards something we want, we are more likely to create a positive outcome ~ and that brings satisfaction.
Simple to advanced aspects of Yoga emphasize and cultivate focus - the center of interest or activity. The postures call upon awareness and concentration while connecting the sensations that you feel in your body with how you feel in your mind and emotions. The poses combined with various breathing techniques move prana, or life force energy, through your physical and subtle body with proven health and well-being benefits. The idea is to take this awareness and concentration off the mat into our daily lives. Paying attention to the energies and circumstances around you will translate into better decision making; finding better ways of dealing and coping with life to bring more ease, joy, and happiness.
Aromatherapy, like yoga, can easily and gently support a desired state of Being (i.e. happy). Aroma affects the limbic system in the brain, or the feel-good, mood center. We can relate to the uplifting, joyful, tangy-sweet, citusy spray of a fresh peeled orange in contrast to the acrid smell of garbage. We naturally get away from foul odors as soon as possible; a built in mechanism between the senses and the brain. Aroma also affects our bio-frequency, measured in megahertz, and of all of the aromas that we smell EOs have the highest rating. They imbue clarity, grounding, creativity, tranquility, joy. The higher our bio-frequency the healthier we are. To incorporate EOs into your toiletries, cosmetics, and household cleaners just makes sense. Chemical fragrances cause a plethora of irritation from toxicity, skin rashes, agitated behavior to migraine headaches and cloudy thinking; a gamut of negative health reactions both multi-layered and extensive.
Incorporating natural aromas into your environment envelops you in the divine essence of nature and is a nurturing act of creating a sacred space. The ritual of taking care of yourself supports your focus and intention to stay balanced. Practicing yoga creates a proficiency in maintaining awareness in your mind-body connection, strengthening your power of concentration. Concentration directs your energies towards the goals you want to manifest and that brings success. Ultimately, we learn to take our practice off of the mat and apply our yoga in real life interactions, reflecting positive emotions and feelings so that we may receive them in return.