|Open Yoga Journal|
Success in yoga is defined by the habit to practice regularly. Let’s see why a habit to practice is of key importance.
“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” Aristotle
Forming the associative links
The theory of yoga includes the concept of associative links. Each of us has a Higher Self – our true ultramundane essence – however, due to Maya, we don’t realise it. Maya is something which, on the one hand, makes it possible for our Higher Self to manifest itself in this world; on the other hand, it generates the illusion that makes things appear as something different. As a result of this correlation, we associate ourselves not with what we really are, but with our manifestations. This is how our associative links are formed. The first associative link is Prana, the life force, which emanates from our Higher Self to our bodies, giving them life. Forming our bodies Prana ides itself into Consciousness and Energy, which erge into two opposite extremes and create the principles (chakras) one after another. The path of ergence forms the so called Central Channel in our body – Sushumna.