Motor learning programs: Modern and Ancient View
Muscle memory as learning skill is important for the human to maintain the voluntary functions. As per the health issues there are so many strategies developed like;
Muscle sensory motor approach (Rood, 1940s), Movement Therapy Approach (Brunnstrom, 1950), Neuro Developmental Therapy (NDT) (Bobath, 1960-70s), Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF) Approach (Knot and Voss, 1960-1970s), Motor Relearning Program (1980s), Task Oriented Approach (1990s).
These have improved physical and mental functions in different neurological problems scientifically. All these techniques if available as one technique that serves the purpose of Mind-Body connection and well being. Yoga techniques like Asana are comparable with endurance exercises. But the maintenance of a posture by using multiple joints with an assisting image from external world gives the feedback to the brain and muscles. Asana, the physical postures has a name from similar appearance from external world that serves the imagery technique. Eg; Eagle pose as Garudasana, Tree pose as Vrikshasana, Mountain pose as Parvatasana etc.,
Hence the daily practice of these Asanas can develop the same potentials as that image which was focused. Person can develop the focusing ability like Eagle, stability like tree and Mountain. The gravitational force also changes the physiology of organs accordingly and leads to homeostasis. Images are not just the non-living things but also the other beings on this earth. This view can bring a lot of change in the evolution of neurobiology especially in the disease conditions.
Conclusion: Yoga Asana improve the quality of living even in normal individual by mind-body connections.