Lisa Peake has some interesting observations about her experiences with yoga. An excerpt from her earlier post is given below and she has written about it again here.
"One of my current working theories is that people in this day and age have become extraordinarily disconnected from our bodies. [...] It seems to me that people are identifying more and more with our minds and emotions, and quite a lot less with our physical, bodily experiences."
Source: Lisa Peake: Waking up the body
I too have tried to understand how this ancient system of conditioning and exercising the mind and body works.
From an engineer's perspective, I think yoga achieves the following:
- Calibration of sensors
- Improvement in the brain's model of the body
- Isometric exercise to strengthen the muscles
- Stretching to improve the strength and flexibility of tendons and ligaments
Makes no sense?
Okay, let me explain these points one at a time. (They shall become clickable links in this post, as I progress.)