What does our existence consist of? First of all, we have our physical body with its needs, pleasures and problems. Energy circulates in the body, which is expressed in various functions, such as perception, respiration, blood circulation, digestion, secretion, etc. And finally, there is a mind that thinks and judges, realizes, experiences emotions. When our body, energy and mind are in harmony, we experience happiness and comfort even in the most adverse life situations. When there is no such harmony, even in the best conditions, we feel uncomfortable.
Yoga helps us bring our body, energy and mind to a consensus, so that we live as a whole, feel good and be happy. In order for the body to be healthy and prosperous, we can do asanas or vinyasas, as in hatha yoga, or yantras, as in Tibetan yoga of the movement. To control vitality and functions, we use various pranayama, which are not limited to breathing exercises, but include the control of various key points of our body, redirecting the flow of energy-prana and developing the ability of self-regulation. But above all these, the mind stands like a king, and if the mind is not under control, no physical or breathing exercises will be effective enough. Therefore, we are engaged in meditation.
What is meditation? In the yogic traditions of India and Tibet, probably the same terms are used to refer to different aspects of meditation practice as the Eskimos use for snow. In short, the words of the Dalai Lama, “meditation is a spiritual discipline that allows you to gain some control over your thoughts and feelings.” How is detailed control carried out?