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The Yoga Mind Is Not What You Think It Is

By Guest Blogger: Rina Jakubowicz
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As a human, we have three main types of equipment: our body, mind, and intellect. We all understand what the body is because it’s physical and we can touch it and touch others’ bodies. But when it comes to the mind and intellect, it’s much more subtle and more challenging to distinguish. According to ancient yoga texts, our minds are our desires and emotions. This might be a conflicting definition with what you’re used to in psychology and other areas of science, but when I explain the intellect, it might all fall more easily into place.
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Photo: @rinayoga 
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The intellect, according to yoga philosophy, is our capacity to reason, be objective and find logic in any scenario. Thus, if we look at these three equipments, which one you would say would be the most important one to develop in order to live a more peaceful and happy life? Hint: it starts with the letter “i” and ends in ntellect.”  This equipment of the intellect is then actually your yoga mind. Your regular mind is not your yoga mind. It strives to become a yoga mind because now it’s merely an emotional, impulsive mind.
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Let’s take a moment to observe our five senses. The moment we get attracted to something external, one of our senses gets triggered. Maybe we see a handsome man or a beautiful woman, our eyes are pleased and so desire kicks in. Also, our nose could smell a homemade bread and seek to taste its deliciousness. Our ears can hear a beautiful song and long to hear it again. Our skin enjoys when it’s been touched by a loved one and craves for more tender touching. Conversely, your ears could hear a song it hates and we desire to stop hearing it so we change the station or we get frustrated if we can’t change the song somehow. When our tongue tastes something it doesn’t like, we push it away and get repulsed. Every one of our senses is either pulling things in or pushing things out. Because of this, we live in a yoyo of ups and downs. But, when we start to develop our yoga minds aka our intellects, the yoyo becomes fewer highs and fewer lows. You won’t be knocked here and there by external stimuli because you’ll have control over these fluctuations.
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There’s a famous quote “It’s hard to find happiness within oneself, but it’s impossible to find it outside of ourselves.” This is the crux of yoga philosophy and why we ideally practice yoga, to begin with. Although, we do get some tight abs and flexible muscles in the process. We all need to keep our bodies active so practicing the physical yoga is important. Just consider why you’re practicing. Are you practicing to just get a fit body or is there a deeper reason for each one of your actions and poses?
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To develop your yoga mind you can practice two things while in yoga poses and in your daily life.
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1. Never take anything for granted. Consider for a moment how you are provided with oxygen every day because of the trees and vitality and light because of the sun. These two small yet huge influences in your life usually get left taken for granted. We couldn’t do anything in this life without so many other people making things happen. The computer you’re reading this article on was built by many people. The clothes you’re wearing were made by many people as well. We just need to remember these things to keep us humble and grounded.
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2. Question everything you’ve learned. This is the process of independent thinking. Don’t take things at face value. Consider all angles and think for yourself. To slightly modify Patabhi Jois’ famous quote, I would say, "Reflect and all is coming.” 
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About the Author
Rina Jakubowicz, the founder of Rina Yoga, is known for her vibrant and uplifting approach to yoga by bringing movement, philosophy, and fun to all, including Latinos and children. She is an international bilingual yoga teacher, Reiki practitioner, a motivational speaker, and author. Her new book, The Yoga Mind: 52 Essential Principles of Yoga Philosophy to Deepen Your Practice, a #1 Best Seller on Amazon! Visit her website and Instagram profile.