By Gopi Rao
What is a spirit quest YTT? Well, it’s a yoga teacher training program where you find yourself and maybe you solve a few challenges in your life. You can travel the world or stay home and take your course online, but you need to have some time for yourself. Close your eyes and put yourself somewhere far away. Far away from your everyday stresses, away from the thoughts of a very long to-do list, away from all forms of media filled technology, and away from everyone. Now do this while stretching in many different positions, maintaining your breathing while thinking about nothing but calming yourself. This is a simple form of yoga, and you just reached the first part of your spirit quest.
When taking a break from every sort of distraction while taking a step inside of your own realm, you reach another part of yourself that is ignored during the busy days of life’s obligations. This break has the ability to give you time to not only get to know yourself better, but to also release yourself of the stresses that you may not even be aware of, those of which that can be detrimental to your health. This break you give yourself can be conducted in the form of yoga. Performing yoga truly and properly will not only enhance your appearance from the extra flexibility, strength, and happiness that you exude, it will also provide for a certain glow that will shine outwardly credited to the new revelations you have discovered of yourself. Yoga is certainly deeply connected to your personal spirit quest and has the ability to heal.
Is Yoga A Spiritual Practice In Motion?
When practicing yoga and meditation simultaneously, the effects can provide for a calmer mind and deep relaxation. What yoga ultimately does is it makes the movements and flexed positions become a natural part of the person’s movements, thus making them stronger and more balanced while allowing them to have a deeper strength of the ability to focus and concentrate with letting themselves get distracted. The more of yoga that is practiced, the more one will become accustomed to the movements, therefore, making the strength regiment become a natural part of their routine while having the ability to focus on their true inner-selves. Being able to perform the exercises and connecting with oneself is like multi-tasking. While realizing that one has gotten to know themselves better while getting stronger and healthier everyday, they will also realize it becomes a satisfaction that can’t be reached unless yoga is implemented into their routines. The benefits and feelings attained from yoga meditation is truly something everyone should try to experience for themselves regularly.
Embrace the Path of Yoga
When I think of the word journey and hear it in my mind I have a wonderful feeling come over me. There is an excitement I feel and my immediate environment seems to become fluid and less precise. I believe that this is my mind slowly giving rise to what my life will become as I take this odyssey. It’s an exciting feeling and one I have experienced many times in my life. I embrace these feelings and know in my mind that something positive is going to happen, but on what scale and magnitude I really don’t know. That is where the excitement comes from. It’s an excitement without negative stress. My mind and body are letting me know that there’s a spirit quest ahead that will bring me to a new level in my life; and that fills me with an exhilarating sense of wonder.
I can wholeheartedly recommend that anyone who has a genuine interest in yoga should embrace the journey of studying yoga. Oh, what a beautiful adventure you will have. Your yogic spirit quest will be the most positive journey you will ever take. Your perceptions will be improved and strengthened. Your confidence and self-esteem will grow and build until you will understand exactly how much self-love you really deserve. These revelations and beliefs will grow day-after-day and will leave you at the pinnacle of all that is positive and good in your life.
One of the beauties of yoga is that it is accessible to anyone who is interested. The movements are slow and deliberate and will not cause any injuries if the movements are practiced with care. If you are already active with an exercise regimen and would like to try yoga you should give it a try. It can be a great compliment to your other exercise activities. The peace and serenity you get from yoga will improve all relationships you have, whether they are business, family or future ones. People who have high-stress lives, generally see the most dramatic results. They have been under stress for such a long time that they have come to believe that this is how everyone lives, and they are amazed at their life’s transformation.
So, if you want to feel what it’s like to shed the stress that may be a large part of your life, give a yogic spirit quest a chance to work its magic. Some of us like the yoga vacation in an exotic location. Others may prefer the flexibility of an online yoga course, because we have families and work obligations. Either way, a yogic spirit quest requires some soul searching and time for independent research.
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So, why should I do a yogic spirit quest? I don’t have time to fit any more into my busy life.
1. Yoga works in a holistic way, that is, it addresses the whole body, improving the entire structure.
By working with physical movements known as postures or ‘asana’, we can improve the range of movement within our joints, increasing both suppleness and strength. Tight muscles can restrict our movements and cause structural strain; tightness in the hips can put pressure on the knees and the restriction of short hamstrings can put the lower back at risk.
Strong muscles help to support and bring stability to our joints, especially the spine, which is a common site of strain.
Yoga postures take the spine through its full range of movements in a precise, controlled way, which can be extremely beneficial in releasing postural back pain.
Taking joints through their full range of movement keeps them healthy and can even help to prevent against degenerative arthritis.
2. Our breathing capacity can be increased through yoga.
It focuses on the breath by encouraging a relaxed ‘steady’ breathing during the physical postures and, in particular, during relaxation at the end of the class.
Dedicated breathing exercises can also be taught during the class. All of these techniques help to improve lung function and reduce stress.
3. Yoga can also bring us a sense of calm and relaxation.
It can help to minimise stress by shifting the emphasis from the sympathetic nervous system, which is responsible for the ‘fight or flight’ response, to the parasympathetic nervous system, which brings the body back into balance.
By staying focused on our breath and our physical movements, we can also switch off from the constant fluctuations of the mind.
This is why the yogic spirit quest is a holistic practice; bringing together enhanced physical well-being and improved breathing with a quiet, restful mind.
There are many different forms of yoga available, some of the most common being:
Hatha – The practice of mental and physical cleansing through postures (asana) and breathing (pranayama).
Ashtanga – The exploration of postures, breath control and concentration.
Sivananda – A flowing style, which includes breath control, meditation, postures, chanting and relaxation.
Yin – A practice that combines traditional Hatha postures with Taoist philosophy and Meridian Theory. It works with the feminine energy of the body and affects the deep layers of connective tissue, utilising long passive holds.
All forms of yoga come from the same root and are, therefore, relatively interchangeable, so an hour-long class once or twice a week in any of the disciplines will quickly start to work wonders on both your physical and mental well being.
Keira Benson found yoga last year after a two-year battle with a shoulder injury and has seen huge improvements since she began regular classes.