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Hatha Yoga: These pressures were self-applied through forcing the body to assume a particular immobile posture for fixed periods of time. The steadiness which was maintained during such postures had a steadying effect on the consciousness, too, and so they were also adopted by healthy yogis, as an indirect means of attaining the requisite concentration, and ultimately, because of the effect on the interaction of heart and brain, the requisite inhibition of thinking. Thus, the yoga of body control has come to be traditionally handed down to the present day.

-- Notebooks Category 5: The Body > Chapter 5: Exercise > # 95

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