Yoga promotes self-awareness at the level of the individual muscles. Many individuals are unaware of the full extent of muscle tension within their bodies. Unfortunately, runaway muscle tension can lead to persistent aches, pain, and emotional agitation. Muscle tension is just pent up energy screaming to be used.
Yoga changes lives by goal setting and the energy that teachers bring into classes. Those who choose to follow the yogic path are quite often interested in fulfilling their greatest potential. Setting goals (sankalpa) is an effective tool to achieving your best self.
Muscle tearing, bone fractures, lacerations, bruising, and edema are common physical manifestations of trauma. This type of damage causes pain and discomfort, but yoga can be used to relieve both of these unpleasant sensations. The artful stretching involved in yoga improves blood flow to the skeletal muscle in the body, resulting in better oxygenation of the tissues and more flexibility in the muscles. Yoga promotes healing through improved circulation; muscle pain is relieved by this.
Some basic yoga positions for beginners can give you benefits that you might not think about. You might think you don’t need the basics once you feel you are at an intermediate level, or you might think the basics won’t help you because you are not flexible enough to “do yoga.” All levels of practitioners can benefit from basic yoga positions.
This posture is sometimes called “Half Lord of the Fishes pose.” The name can be traced to Sage Matsyendra. Ardha Matsyendrasana can be confusing to some, but it releases physical tension within the entire body. Physical tension stored at a desk, in a car, and on the couch is a recipe for stress overload.
As a Yoga instructor, cultivating a sense of gratitude in your Yoga classes is particularly appropriate during the holiday season. Gratitude is defined by Webster’s Dictionary as a sense of appreciation or thankfulness. To feel a sense of thankfulness also elicits a profound sense of being blessed as we walk through the world.
I was getting a little older and I had decided it was time to take better care of my physical health, so I joined the local YMCA. I didn’t pick that gym for any particular reason, it just happened to be close by and it looked nice, so I signed up. One day, after working out on the treadmill, I walked by the front desk on my way out and saw a display of class schedules for the different locations around town. One of the locations was very close to my current gym and it advertised mind/body classes such as meditation and yoga.
When the Kundalini energy is awakened, she ascends upwards along the spine until it pierces the seventh chakra in the crown of the head. When this happens, great bliss and knowledge arises within the meditator’s field of awareness. Kundalini Yoga meditation practices both awaken the Kundalini Shakti energy, while nourishing and supporting the awakened energy as it ascends up through the chakras.
Certain Yoga poses (asanas) have been shown to help manage stress and hypertension. The Easy Pose (Sukasana) is recommended for stress reduction. If it is practiced after the Corpse Pose (Sivasana), this pose strengthens the spine, slows the metabolism, and promotes quiet stillness of mind.
What is “doga,” and can it honor the real practice of yoga? Formats vary, but practices typically last 30 minutes, rather than a full…