Exploring the connection between our intention & our yoga practice.
For a long time scientists believed that 98% of our DNA “text” is not used in the coding of proteins and enzymes. Since it is not responsible for constructing our basic physical form, its purpose remained unknown for 15 years, and scientists called it “Junk DNA.” But the recent breakthrough revealed that “junk“ is in fact crucial to the way our genome works.
This great result was achieved by the researchers from the International project ENCODE (Encyclopedia of DNA Elements). 442 scientists, situated in 32 institutes around the world, including Britain, USA, Spain, Singapore and Japan began to work on this project in 2003. They used 300 years of computer time and five years in the lab to get their results.
Their main purpose was to study the human genome deeper, and they now declare that DNA is more active and multifunctional than it was previously believed. As one of the participants of ENCODE Bernie Evan from Cambridge says: “…the term “junk DNA” can now be sent to the trash.”
But even in late 1990s, a team of Russian linguists led by Dr. Peter Gariaev discovered that the genetic code in “junk” DNA follows uniform grammar and usage rules virtually identical to those of human language. It turns out that the “junk” was laden with the intimations of intelligence, purpose and meaning.
One of the basic assumptions made by the Dr. Gariaev team is that “the genome has a capacity for quasi-consciousness so that DNA “words” produce and help in recognition of semantically meaningful phrases.” Because the structures of DNA base pairs and of language are so similar, we can alter our own genetics by simply using words and sentences, as has been experimentally proven.
This finally explains why affirmations, hypnosis, conscious commands and intention have such strong effects on humans and their bodies and minds.
Another scientist, cell biologist Dr. Glenn Rein, discovered experimentally that people with coherent electrocardiograms could wind or unwind DNA samples at will, while those with incoherent heart energy could not. In these experiments, simply feeling positive, love-based emotions was not enough to affect the DNA samples: “the intent to alter them had to be present.”
“Love-based emotions stimulate DNA to decompress so that messenger RNA can access codes for healing. Joy, gratitude and love accompanied with intention unwind or decompress DNA exposed to them.” Negative emotional states—anger, fear and similar emotions have the power to contract a DNA molecules, compressing the DNA helix, “severely limiting access to genetic information necessary for healing as well as evolution.”
The effects of focused intention have nonetheless been studied using both physical (Jahn and Dunne, 1986) and biological systems (Braud, 1989). A parallel investigation of conscious intention on biological systems falls under the auspices of healing research where investigators have demonstrated that various types of healers who use intention can produce biological effect (Benor, 1990).
The experiments conducted by Rein in 1992 were intended to study and compare the biological effects of different images, thoughts and intentions. The healer, Leonard Laskow, attained different states of consciousness working with intention. These various experiments showed that under the same experimental conditions some intentions were more biologically active than others.
These results indicate that focused human intention can influence the DNA synthesis. It was also demonstrated that intention was a critical component of the states of consciousness which produced biological effects.
There are different ways how we can consciously use the benefits of working with intention in our everyday lives. One of it is yoga practice. Encoding the DNA with intention has been used by yogis of ancient times in order to achieve higher states of consciousness, but this skill has been lost for centuries. When yoga was brought to the West, it already had no intention in its basis therefore it changed a spiritual practice capable of truly transforming the mind and consciousness into a fitness-like physical practice without “spiritual core.”
As western medicine has divided the human body into separate parts and organs and as science has divided knowledge into physics, mathematics, philosophy, psychology, astronomy, and so forth, the yogic knowledge has also been divided into Asanas, Pranayama, Meditation, Ayurveda, Vastu… So Yoga became fragmented and could not reflect its very own nature which is a connection. The link that connects this seemingly multi-faceted practice is intention, which needs to penetrate into each of the fragmented part and connect it into the one.
In modern times yoga practice with intention reappeared several years ago within ENCODE Yoga (N-Code Yoga Practice), a different approach to yoga and its purpose. The main principle behind N-Code Yoga is intention.
N-Code Yoga shows how to use intention in yoga practice and how to align it with asanas, breath, movement in order to change the DNA patterns, consciously release energy blockages, speed up spiritual, physical and psychological development, thereby making it different from the conventional ways of practicing yoga.
Using intention, especially when it is manifested in words and visualization during yoga practice, chakras get easily activated, energy meridians get cleansed, healing and detoxication processes enhanced. Thus, intention deeply affects yoga practice and the practitioner on all levels: physical, mental and spiritual. A yoga practitioner can use intention to move his body and mind from one asana to another, can breathe intention in and out, encoding it into every cell, so that the intention can be transmitted into the Universe and start to manifest itself in everyday life.
Practice for the sake of practice has no value and can even be unsafe and dangerous because the new energy generated in the body during the practice without conscious direction can not be used in constructive ways. Because the undirected energy leaks out with daily emotional ups and downs which means it is wasted and the practitioner’s energy level returns to its previous level or even lower.
When energy is not directed consciously, it goes to its usual “neuro-pattern,” strengthening the weak “points” and negative patterns of the mind that have already been formed during the past time. That is why the energy that is built during unconscious practice without intention becomes destructive.
Therefore intention encodes and dedicates the practice to a higher purpose, so that yoga practice becomes a higher spiritual practice—a prayer, a gratitude, a vector of attention—all at the same time. Intention becomes a linking part of all aspects of yoga—Asana, Pranayama, Meditation.
Intention reprograms the old ways of functioning, decompresses the DNA and awakens its dormant 98% of the code bringing a possibility to reveal and manifest the full potential of a Human Being.
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Nina Mel is yoga and energy teacher, RYT 500, creator of N-Code Yoga Practice, Ph.D. in Psychology and author of “The Book of Asanas. Energy Geometry of Human Body. She was featured on the cover of Yoga Journal (May-June 2012 issue, Russian edition), she is also a Shivaloka Soul Jewelry brand ambassador and a founder of yoga apparel line Yogini Bikini.
Nina travels internationally with N-Code Yoga workshops and retreats, runs Yoga Teacher Education Program for teachers of any yoga styles and presents “Energy Geometry of Human Body” courses, but her specialty in yoga is a creation of personally-tailored yoga programs—Individual Codes of Asanas, which is a unique, safe and personalized self-practice experience for those who has no time and possibility to attend yoga studios, travels often or lives abroad.