Emotions in art and Yoga

Emotions play a great role in our lives and make it worth living. Yoga lays a lot of emphasis on the emotional development of an individual. Guruji Iyengar teaches us that every man has two types of intelligence –  first one is intelligence of the head and other one is intelligence of the heart. Intelligence of the head is rational, analytical and logical. It is the thinker. Intelligence of heart is the emotional intelligence, which brings stability in our lives and develops our intuitive qualities. 

As was expressed in the last column, a tree cannot grow tall unless its roots spread horizontally. The horizontal expansion is the emotional growth of an individual. Yoga brings about a balance between the intelligence of the head and the intelligence of the heart.

An artist may be trained in the composition of colours, a musician to play different instruments. However, it is only the heart which dictates the finer strokes and the subtler tunes that bring out the rhythm and melody which uplifts the viewer and the listener.

This expression of the heart is our intuitive quality which is much higher than any kind of technical training.

The asana start with the actions and movements performed by physical body and then involve the mind and other senses. Based on this, we become aware not only of the physical positioning of the limbs, trunk and head in the asanas but also develop a sensitivity towards the flow of awareness in the different asansas.

Take the example of Tadasana, where one stands straight, tall and erect. We are expected to be aware of the extent to which the feet touch the floor. In the touch uniform on the both feet? The touch is no just external, but internal too, what with the bones and flesh touching the inner side of the skin.

The moment we start feeling our own body, the positioning of the bones, the behavior of the muscles with reference to the bones and the flesh, we start developing a certain amount of sensitivity. It is this sensitive practice that evolves our emotionality and differentiates a gymnast from a yogi.

The practice of asanas rhythmically balances the use of the head, heart and body. It is up to us how deep we wish to penetrate. Even working on the mere physical aspects gives us strength in the body along with a strong will.