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I'M A PROFESSIONAL 24 YEAR OLD, LIVING A BUSY LIFE. SOMETIMES TOO BUSY. I'M ALSO A CANCER SURVIVOR. MY GOAL IS TO ESTABLISH PEACE, CALM AND STABILITY IN MY DAY TO DAY LIFE THROUGH MEDITATION. YOGA WILL HELP ME REBUILD MY BODY, MIND AND SOUL. FOLLOW ME IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN: -LEARNING MORE ABOUT ALL ASPECTS OF YOGA. FITNESS. INSPIRATION.

Made #Bibimbap for lunch! Chicken for my mommy and beef for myself! I have to say our #lunch looked incredibly #beautiful and was scrumptious too!!
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Lets talk about benefits!

I found this amazing article on the top 10 benefits of Yoga. So here i am sharing.

Ps. Heading to a Better Backs Slow Flow session tonight and pretty excited!!

The Top 10 Health Benefits of Yoga

Some people refer to it as a celerity fashion, others as a religious avenue, while to some as a life changing path. Yoga is known by all of the above mentioned names. There are renowned celebrities such as Madonna and Sting who can bear true testimony on the life transformational benefits of yoga. Millions of people around the world are already tapping into these benefits. However, to the pessimist, they still need convincing on the benefits of yoga. Some of the questions most often asked by many people is how yoga affects the mind? How it enhances positive development of the body?

There is no one pose that defines yoga but a combination of poses that are executed in sequences. In addition, there are different forms of yoga. Traditionally, religious leaders were the ones responsible for creating the different kinds of yoga. Nonetheless, some of the most practiced yoga in the world today are Hatha, Kundalini as well as Bikram yoga.

Whereas, some people tend to associate yoga with celebrity lifestyle, unknown to them is that yoga plays a big role in ensuring that your body is well safeguarded against the numerous lifestyle diseases that plague the present generations, for example, high blood pressure or hypertension, heart ailments, diabetes as well as anxiety. Discussed herein are top ten health benefits of yoga.

                                                                                  

1. Helps in reducing High Blood Pressure

Commonly referred to as hypertension, high blood pressure is a disease that affects millions of people around the world today. Nonetheless, research carried out recently by Prevention Research Center shows that yoga significantly reduces the occurrences of this ailment by a big margin.

2. Helps in reducing and managing blood sugar level

Due to the bustles and hustles of the present society, not many people have the time to cook and eat right. As such there has been an upsurge in diabetes cases even in children. However, to help reduce and manage sugar levels in your body, you can engage in regular yoga exercise. This has been proven by a research study that was carried out the school of nursing in the United States. 23 of those who participated in the research showed that by applying Vinyasa yoga on a regular basis, the sugar level in your blood can reduce significantly.

3. Helps in managing osteoporosis

By applying a series of yoga poses, you can in a way help manage osteoporosis. This has been proven in subjects suffering from the ailment who participated in the study.

4. Helps in managing stress level

It is estimated that stress is the number one cause of illnesses such as depression. It is hard to avoid stress given the fast paced society that we are living in today. However, you can help manage stress levels by practicing yoga for a limited amount of time each day. Research carried out by the Ohio State University in 2010 shows that Hatha Yoga is a good exercise in reducing stress levels in the body.

5. Helps in lowering heart rate

Heart diseases too are common amongst so many people worldwide given the lifestyle. Nevertheless, you can minimize your heart rate by practicing a series of yoga movements for a couple of minutes each day. Unknown to a majority of people is that when the heart rate lowers, less amount of pressure is applied to the heart.

6. Helps in increasing metabolism rate

To avoid gaining that extra pound, you need to find a way of increasing the metabolism rate so that excess fat is burnt and that is what yoga does to your body. In particular, yoga meditation helps in increasing the body’s metabolism rate. This has been shown by a study conducted by Institute of Medicine in Germany.

7. Yoga aids in helping you cut weight

Weight is a major issue that a majority of people globally are grappling with. If you want to shed some of those extra kilos in you then start practicing yoga.

8. Yoga enhances your posture

It is a known fact that having a good posture is beneficial to your health as it helps in minimizing cases of back pains. Yoga as an exercise routine can aid in enabling you achieve the proper posture.

9. Yoga aids in enhancing your respiratory system

For those persons who have issues with breathing, yoga can help them by improving the way they breathe. By practicing sets of yoga movements, you will find out with time that there is some improvement in your respiratory system.

10. Yoga helps in relieving pain

Issues such as lower back pains can be minimized by practicing yoga on a regular basis.



** I will probably do another full post on Yoga and Back Pain so stay tuned!

I’m challenging myself. 9 consecutive days of yoga and instead of driving to the studio I will walk back and forth. With all the walking + the sun salutations, I hope to see some toned arms and legs.

We’ll see!

I’m challenging myself. 9 consecutive days of yoga and instead of driving to the studio I will walk back and forth. With all the walking + the sun salutations, I hope to see some toned arms and legs.

We’ll see!

Pranayama

Pranayama

Pranayama - Yogic breathing

The other day I was at a Slow-Flow session and our was asking us let prana into our bodies through our breathing. She said Prana was energy we couldn’t see. Like air. So I decided to look into this more and share with tumblr! So here is the best article I found … enjoy!

                             

Pranayama is a Sanskrit word meaning “extension of the prana or breath” or more accurately, “extension of the life force”. The word is composed of two Sanskrit words, Prāna, life force, or vital energy, particularly, the breath, and “āyāma”, to extend or draw out. It is often mis-translated as control (yama) of the life force (prana).
Pranayama begins with the regulation of breath and ends in establishing full and perfect control over the life-currents or inner vital forces. If the breath is unsteady, the mind also is unsteady. If the breath is steady and calm, the mind is also steady and calm.

Each Pranayama consists of three distinct processes viz., Puraka (inhalation of breath), Kumbhaka (retention of breath) and Rechaka (exhalation of breath). It is said that Kumbhaka gives longevity of life. If you can retain the breath for 10 seconds, know for certain that so many seconds have been added to the span of your life.

Pranayama is of three kinds according to the strength and capacity of the practitioner. The best one is that wherein Puraka is for 20 seconds, Kumbhaka for 80 seconds and Rechaka for 40 seconds. The middling one is that wherein Puraka is for 16 seconds, Kumbhaka for 64 seconds and Rechaka for 32 seconds. The lowest one is that wherein Puraka is for 12 seconds, Kumbhaka for 48 seconds and Rechaka for 24 seconds. You should inhale and exhale very, very slowly, without producing any sound all the while. The ratio between Puraka, Kumbhaka and Rechaka is 1:4:2. 

We will introduce to the simplest pranayama techniques that one should start with before venturing onto advanced levels of Pranayama.
The first thing that should be done is purifying or clearing nerves with a simply breathing exercise: 

1) Closing the right nostril with the thumb, fill in air according to capacity through the left nostril; then without any interval, throw the air out through the right nostril, closing the left one. Again inhaling through the right nostril, eject through the left, according to capacity. Repeat this for 3-5 minutes every day. This exercise will deppen your meditation experience, will make your body stronger and will regulate your appetite.


                                   



This article (and more) can be found here.

Yoga and Decision making

One thing I have noticed about my practice is that post-practice I find myself at such peace and so better able to make calm, wise and peaceful decision. I don’t jump to conclusions and find it easy to take a moment and ‘preview’ what I am about to do before I do it. I think this can become a permanent ability if I make yoga a permanent part of my daily routine.

People come to practice yoga for various reasons. Often they come to yoga in order to achieve a particular goal, but eventually what they find is that through their practice not only have they achieved that goal but also they have changed and reformed their lives in many other ways without even realizing it, or without ever having thought that they even needed to make those changes.

What I’m trying to say is that yoga works in two ways, not only it is a remedy but also in an of itself yoga is some what of a diagnosis tool. Does that make sense?

                                    

How do you feel about this?



edit**: I too don’t think this would be a logical move. How can you make a competition out of meditation? What exactly would the objective be? 
I’m going to do my best to one day reach this kind of flexibility …

I’m going to do my best to one day reach this kind of flexibility …

A little history on Yoga!

History of Yoga - A Complete Overview of the Yoga History.

By: shaynebance

The saying, “What’s in the past, should stay in the past” - doesn’t work here.

We might already have an idea of what Yoga is but to understand it better, we have to know what it has become as well as its roots and beginnings. A quick look at the history of Yoga will help us appreciate its rich tradition and who knows, it might help us incorporate Yoga into our lives. 

Although Yoga is said to be as old as civilization, there is no physical evidence to support this claim. Earliest archaeological evidence of Yoga’s existence could be found in stone seals which depict figures of Yoga Poses. The stone seals place Yoga’s existence around 3000 B.C. 

                                  

Scholars, however, have a reason to believe that Yoga existed long before that and traced its beginnings in Stone Age Shamanism. Both Shamanism and Yoga have similar characteristics particularly in their efforts to improve the human condition at that time. Also, they aim to heal community members and the practitioners act as religious mediators. Though we know Yoga as focusing more on the self, it started out as community-oriented before it turned inward. 

For a better discussion of the history of Yoga, we could divide it into four periods: the Vedic Period, Pre-Classical Period, Classical Period, and Post-Classical Period. 

Vedic Period


The existence of the Vedas marks this period. The Vedas is the sacred scripture of Brahmanism that is the basis of modern-day Hinduism. It is a collection of hymns which praise a divine power. The Vedas contains the oldest known Yogic teachings and as such, teachings found in the Vedas are called Vedic Yoga. This is characterized by rituals and ceremonies that strive to surpass the limitations of the mind. 

During this time, the Vedic people relied on rishis or dedicated Vedic Yogis to teach them how to live in divine harmony. Rishis were also gifted with the ability to see the ultimate reality through their intensive spiritual practice. It was also during this time that Yogis living in seclusion (in forests) were recorded.

Pre-Classical Yoga

The creation of the Upanishads marks the Pre-Classical Yoga. The 200 scriptures of the Upanishads (the conclusion of the revealed literature) describe the inner vision of reality resulting from devotion to Brahman. These explain three subjects: the ultimate reality (Brahman), the transcendental self (atman), and the relationship between the two. The Upanishads further explain the teachings of the Vedas. 

Yoga shares some characteristics not only with Hinduism but also with Buddhism that we can trace in its history. During the sixth century B.C., Buddha started teaching Buddhism, which stresses the importance of Meditation and the practice of physical postures. Siddharta Gautama, the first Buddhist to study Yoga, achieved enlightenment at the age of 35. 

Later, around 500” class=”related_products_container” B.C., the Bhagavad-Gita or Lord’s Song was created and this is currently the oldest known Yoga scripture. It is devoted entirely to Yoga and has confirmed that it has been an old practice for some time. However, it doesn’t point to a specific time wherein Yoga could have started. The central point to the Gita is that - to be alive means to be active and in order to avoid difficulties in our lives and in others, our actions have to benign and have to exceed our egos. 

Just as the Upanishads further the Vedas, the Gita builds on and incorporates the doctrines found in the Upanishads. In the Gita, three facets must be brought together in our lifestyle: Bhakti or loving devotion, Jnana which is knowledge or contemplation, and Karma which is about selfless actions. The Gita then tried to unify Bhakti Yoga, Jnana Yoga, and Karma Yoga and it is because of this that it has gained importance. The Gita was a conversation between Prince Arjuna and God-man Krishna and it basically stresses the importance of opposing evil. 


                                        

Classical Period


The Classical Period is marked by another creation - the Yoga Sutra. Written by Patanjali around the second century, it was an attempt to define and standardize Classical Yoga. It is composed of 195 aphorisms or sutras (from the Sanskrit word which means thread) that expound upon the Raja Yoga and its underlying principle, Patanjali’s Eightfold path of Yoga (also called Eight Limbs of Classical Yoga). These are: 

  1. Yama, which means social restraints or ethical values;
  2. Niyama, which is personal observance of purity, tolerance, and study;
  3. Asanas or physical exercises;
  4. Pranayama, which means breath control or regulation;
  5. Pratyahara or sense withdrawal in preparation for Meditation;
  6. Dharana, which is about concentration;
  7. Dhyana, which means Meditation; and
  8. Samadhi, which means ecstasy.
Patanjali believed that each individual is a composite of matter (prakriti) and spirit (purusha). He further believed that the two must be separated in order to cleanse the spirit - a stark contrast to Vedic and Pre-Classical Yoga that signify the union of body and spirit. 

Patanjali’s concept was dominant for some centuries that some Yogis focused exclusively on Meditation and neglected their Asanas. It was only later that the belief of the body as a temple was rekindled and attention to the importance of the Asana was revived. This time, Yogis attempted to use Yoga techniques to change the body and make it immortal. 

Post-Classical Yoga


At this point, we see a proliferation of literature as well as the practice of Yoga. Post-classical Yoga differs from the first three since its focus is more on the present. It no longer strives to liberate a person from reality but rather teaches one to accept it and live at the moment. 

Yoga was introduced in the West during the early 19th century. It was first studied as part of Eastern Philosophy and began as a movement for health and vegetarianism around the 1930’s. By the 1960’s, there was an influx of Indian teachers who expounded on Yoga. One of them was Maharishi Mahesh, the Yogi who popularizedTranscendental Meditation. Another one is a prominent Yoga Guru Swami Sivananda. Sivananda was a doctor in Malaysia and he later opened schools in America and Europe. The most prominent of his works is his modified Five Principles of Yoga which are:

  1. Savasana or proper relaxation;
  2. Asanas or proper exercise;
  3. Pranayama or proper breathing;
  4. Proper diet; and
  5. Dhyana or positive thinking and Meditation
Sivananda wrote more than 200 books on Yoga and Philosophy and had many disciples who furthered Yoga. Some of them were Swami Satchitananda who introduced chanting and Yoga to Woodstock; Swami Sivananada Radha who explored the connection between psychology and Yoga, and Yogi Bhajan who started teachingKundalini Yoga in the 70’s. 


Up to this day, Yoga continues to proliferate and spread its teachings, crossing the boundaries of culture and language. 



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