Guest blog by Subhash Chanana
Why Yoga ??
- Yoga is a series of postures designed to improve strength, balance and flexibility.
- Yoga is so much more than a just a physical workout – that’s why it’s so addictive.
- Yoga helps achieve a beautiful body but it’s also about developing a beautiful mind
- Yoga is about taking a pause from the hurly-burly of modern life and becoming a calmer, healthier, happier person.
- By working hard sensitively, we create an environment that heals and honors each one of us, an environment that respects our boundaries and works within ourselves.
You may be fit, but if you don’t regularly stretch then chances are you are not very flexible. You may be able to run miles without panting, but can you reach your toes? Muscles that control flexibility are completely different from muscles that control strength.
Once we start doing yoga then the muscles that have lain dormant for years, are awakened into activity. With consistency and practice, we are able to prance and twirl like a gymnast.
Practising yoga can be a tremendous asset in increasing our strength and resiliency. It strengthens our core and gives us a higher level of threshold than any gym workout would.
It enhances endurance so we can carry our other strength training up a notch. It tightens our muscles such that we will be far less prone to injury. It synthesizes muscles so they can work in harmony. Muscles also have increased stamina this way.
Increased flexibility and strength naturally results in better posture which can be a real asset in keeping back problems away. The long standing and sitting exercise positions of yoga stretch and turn the deep abdominal muscles and extend our posture.
Moreover, the body awareness that comes with dedicated yoga practice alerts our mind to physical slouchiness so we are able to remedy the situation.
Deep breathing exercises are a signature yoga move that provides a host of benefits for our body and mind. It enhances our lung capacity to its maximum, subsequently increasing our endurance abilities.
The deep long breaths fill the pores with oxygen, making the body feel optimally relaxed. This feeling helps dispel the epinephrine induced flight or fight response that incurs in human when stressed. It sets the mind in a perpetual state of calm clear sharpness.
Creativity And Intuition
Yoga reduces anxiety and depression and helps kill self-doubt. It increases somatic and kin-aesthetic awareness.
As a result, self-acceptance and actualization become achievable boundaries which help us churn out the creative gems within us, that is unique in each and every individual.
Social skills, well being, attention span and confidence improves by leaps and bounds while hostility levels face a total rejection. Tension in the mind and body eat away our cores, bury our instincts, and leave us as hollow shells rather than happy and vibrant human beings.
Yoga dispels this stress and tension, thereby enhancing our powers of perception and intuition. It hones our naturally given sense of instinct to a superfine level. This is the closest we can come to being superhumans.
Subhash Chanana an expert yoga Instructor and spiritual mentor. He has worked extensively in the field of recovery of body and the mind using the 12 step Yoga. Have trained more than thousand of national and international participants till now using Yogic as well as behavioral techniques. His area of expertise includes Yoga, Stress Management, Life style Management, Addiction Prevention and Management, 12 Step Recovery.
Check out Subhash’s upcoming Ashtanga Yoga Retreat in India, April 2014!