One thing is certain – nothing comes without a reason. Everything has a cause and so do dreams.
Western scientists say dreams lay in the sphere of subconsciousness. In Yoga there is a state called pratyahara where there is no stimulation and spiritual life starts. Once you stop providing inputs, nothing should catch your senses. This is when you start to work on the deeper conditionings, samskaras – impressions that our actions, intentions or experiences leave in the deeper structure of our mind.
Dreams do not just come by chance. They are another way to work with samskaras. There is a sutra that says you can use dreams to look in to your conciousness. In pranayama we are preparing for this research.
Himalayan Iyengar Yoga Centre
Yoga master teacher Sharat Arora
Article derived from the Intensive Yoga Course at the
Himalayan Iyengar Yoga Centre in Arambol, North Goa, 2000