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Knowledge: Body, Mind & Spirit
Physical sensations change our behavior.
Have you ever consciously thought about your posture? If not, then observe your posture over a period of time. How is your posture while sitting, at work or in a business meeting? How do you behave when you talk to other people and how is your posture when you walk?
We yogis have known it for a long time: body and mind form an inseparable unit. In science, this phenomenon is called embodiment. Embodiment, on closer examination, concerns a fundamental problem of both philosophy and psychology. It concerns the so-called "body-soul problem", i.e. the connection between body (i.e. body, matter and brain ) and soul (i.e. cognition, psyche and thinking).
The first results date back to 1988, when the social psychologist Fritz Strack conducted a now classic experiment at the University of Mannheim: He had subjects put a pencil crosswise in their mouths. This automatically and unconsciously raised the corners of their mouths - with an amazing effect: the subjects found a series of cartoons with a pencil in their mouths significantly funnier than without. So the unconscious smile alone put the subjects in a happier mood.
Your posture says a lot about your mental state. Normally, posture is a direct consequence of our mental state. But it also works the other way around.
Research from the 1990s showed that both facial expressions and body posture affect how you feel and how you see yourself. For example, someone with an upright posture and an uplifted gaze exudes more confidence and actually feels significantly more confident than someone who sits more hunched over.
Yoga and Posture
Naked yoga is also about posture, both physical and mental. All yoga postures have a physical and mental component. For example, the cobra, in which you lie on your stomach and raise your torso upward, trains your spine on the physical level and leads to greater majesty and self-confidence on the mental.
Smiling helps ...
It's been proven: Laughter and smiling relaxes and boosts the immune system. At the same time it lowers the sensation of pain and increases the self-healing powers.
In case of mental illnesses and depression, smiling significantly helps in the healing process. Smiling even helps with physical, as well as mental injuries. It has a positive effect on metabolism and thus helps diabetics considerably. At the same time, smiling reduces stress and releases valuable happiness hormones.
And smiling is the best cosmetics, because a smiling face is always beautiful.
We also find people who smile more likeable and attractive. It is anchored in our genes that whoever smiles at us wants to do us good and is an ally. Thus, we feel a nonverbal connection with the one who smiles at us. The natural reflex is to return the smile. Thus, our smiles increase our popularity and therefore our social success. We like people who smile, and so we find ourselves more likable when we smile at others.
Tasks for next week:
- Practice Naked Yoga
- Pay attention to your posture
- Smile consciously at at least 3 people every day