The yogic solution for emotional problems is to study and adapt. Through practicing yoga regularly, we begin to control the emotional disturbances and fluctuations of our mind. Developing conscious self-control strengthens us so we can handle the inevitable difficulties life brings.
When we feel insecure, fearful, or depressed, these emotions are not only in our conscious minds, but in our unconscious minds as well. Emotional problems must be addressed on multiple fronts; yoga has developed many tools and works on many levels to bring about well-being. As noted on other pages, discernment brings insight (prajna). But preparation takes right effort for insight to occur. When our senses are dulled, there is little chance that we will find the insight needed to make lasting changes in ourselves.
All our actions create samskaras, which are the unconscious imprints on our self. Samskaras will leave impressions that take the form of physical and emotional tension.
“As one acts, so one becomes; and as one is, so one acts. It is less to say one reaps what one sows; it is more to say, in accordance with the ideas of yoga, that every act makes a person a little different from before, and this person now acts according to the tendencies of the new being.” Ravi Ravindra
Our actions can also leave imprints that will improve our overall health and vitality. But for most, we struggle with the unconscious samskaras that affect us in negative ways. The eight-limbed Ashtanga yoga tradition has evolved to address the unrest and turmoil that affect so many. By practicing the spiritual studies of hatha yoga, pranayama, meditation, and sadhana, we can free ourselves from the symptoms that hold us back.