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“The mind is everything. What you think, you become.”

Buddha

Many yogis focus on their personal development as yoga aims to work on both the body and the mind. Just like it is very important to train your body day after day to master some yoga poses, it is important to train your mind to make constant progress.

Visualization is an excellent personal development tool and we will attempt to explain what it consists of, as well as share the most important tip for a successful practice.



What is visualization ?

The practice of visualization relies on the idea that the subconscious mind cannot differentiate between imagination and reality.

Many studies in the field of neurosciences have come to this conclusion. They have been conducted in multiple areas such as sports, arts or addiction and phobia therapy.

As an example, the Neurosciences Institute of McGill University, in Canada, has reached the conclusion that: the power of visualization, combined with the mental repetition of an action or a motion, without moving a single body part, leads to spectacular results in terms of performance during the action, and recovery afterwards.

Indeed, our brain does not differentiate between a motion that is physically conducted and the same motion conducted mentally.

It means that if you imagine something with enough intensity – feeling the emotions attached to this vision – the brain chemistry will react as if the experience was real. The brain believes the suggested situation is reality and initiates its effects as if it had been experienced.

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Thus, your reality is nothing but the result of your thoughts and you are therefore in control of the experiences you live.

Practicing and mastering visualization is absolutely essential in everyone’s life. Yet, not a lot of people give this practice the time and attention it deserves.

As a yogi, visualization can help you improve your yoga practice. Just like professional athletes use it to enhance performance, you can use it to help you unlock certain poses, gain flexibility, control your breathing, get stronger, etc. No matter what your goal is, visualization is a valuable tool in your yoga practice.

The most important tip to practice visualization

For your subconscious mind to believe that what you are thinking is your physical reality, you cannot focus your thoughts on someone else. No matter what the action or the item you are visualizing is, you absolutely have to be included in the picture.

For visualization to work, your subconscious mind needs to believe that these thoughts are nothing but reality, and for that, it needs all the elements of a real action. The more detailed your visualization is, the more powerful it will be.

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If you take the example of a yoga pose, you need to visualize YOURSELF doing this pose and mastering it. You cannot visualize a friend, your teacher or a stranger. You need to visualize yourself, wearing your favorite outfit, listening to your favorite flow song, in your usual yoga spot, on your usual yoga mat, and you need to feel all the emotions you will be feeling when you master this yoga pose after so much training: relief, joy, pride, etc. After all, it has already happened.

Now that you are familiar with the powers of visualization, it’s time to put it into practice. Click here to get access to great videos to guide you through the process of visualization. You’re only one thought away from your goals; stop waiting and take control.

In the next article, we will be discussing the step that comes after visualization: manifestation. If visualization is the film, manifestation is the projector.

Do you often practice visualization? Why? Why not?

Feel free to share your experience with us!