The mind is the driver of your body vehicle. Thus, it is important to fill it with positive thoughts so that you can find the right destination and the path that leads to it. Positive thinking helps develop higher level emotions, such as courage, love and contentment, which are the opposites of fear, anger, jealousy and impatience.
Yoga uses positive thinking to connect our resonance (a subtle energy connection) to the different forces and secret spheres within the Universe and, thus, facilitate a transfer of energy from these forces to us.
The use of your mental ability plays an important role in yoga, especially during meditation. This ability will enable you to move from the external surface of your subconscious mind to your spiritual consciousness, which is the goal of yoga.
One way to move toward your spiritual consciousness is to use visualization techniques. At its core, yoga visualization is an effective way to relieve stress and tension. Some people have difficulty obtaining relaxation and only a few realize that using one’s imagination is a great medium by which to obtain relaxation. You can use different elements to stimulate different senses in the body to bring about a more positive relaxation and reduce stress in your body.
Your mind is such a powerful part of your body that what you think of becomes who you are or what you feel. For instance, if you constantly cloud your mind with sad thoughts, then you will eventually feel depressed and filled with sorrow. When you reverse that and fill your mind with positive images, then you will feel uplifted. So, the images that you use during your visualization will affect your body and mind.