“We tend to be alive in the future, not now. We say, “Wait until I finish school and get my Ph. D. degree, and then I will be really alive.” When we have it, and it’s not easy to get, we say to ourselves, “I have to wait until I get a job, in order to be *really* alive.”
And then after the job, a car. After the car, a house. We are not capable of being alive in the present moment. We tend to postpone being alive to the future, the distant future, we don’t know when. Now is not the moment to be alive. We may never be alive in our entire life.
Therefore, the technique, if we have to speak of a technique, is to be in the present moment, to be aware that we are here and now, and the only moment to be alive is the present moment. “I know this is the only moment.” This is the only moment that is real. To be here and now, and enjoy the present moment is our most important task. “Calming. Smiling, Present moment, Only moment.”
1. Boost Those Energy Levels: A simple way to flush out fatigue is to practice inversions! When you invert the body you increase blood flow to your thyroid glands, and this stimulates energy. Try getting upside down in a Supported Headstand (Salamba Sarvangasana). Hold for 1 minute.
2. Reduce Stress: Familial, personal, professional, and health related demands can become increasingly difficult to cope with and juggle.
Yoga practice combines physical postures (asanas), breathing techniques (pranayama) and meditation (dhyan).
In class, draw your attention inward (away from your daily life) and connect to your inner-self.
Establishing a mind-body connection allows you to practice stress management skills.
If you spend one hour a week letting go of the external world, and bring your full awareness inward your mind will surely benefit.
Try: The ultimate relaxation of Corpse Pose (Savasana). Hold for 5-10 minutes. Feel free to add blankets and pillows for extra comfort!
3. Decrease Anxiety And Depression: Headaches, muscle tension, dizziness, nausea, sleeping problems, sweating, fidgeting, helplessness, loneliness, lack of focus, loss and/or increase of appetite, irritability, and increased blood pressure oh my! If you experience any of these symptoms of anxiety and depression, hurry up and get to a yoga class!
Therapeutic and restorative yoga is gaining popularity among the inner-peace seekers of the world.
The physical postures (asanas) in yoga will reduce your heart rate, lower your blood pressure, and increase your mood.
The breathing techniques (pranayama) in yoga will help you to slow down your thoughts.
Try: A gentle backbend like Bridge Pose (Setu Bandha Sarvangasana). Hold for 5-10 breaths. Repeat 3 times.
4. Improve Sleep Patterns: There is nothing more aggravating than watching each hour on the clock pass during the night, and dreading the consequences of exhaustion.
Sleep patterns are often disturbed with an overactive mind.
Lucky for you, this problem can be eliminated if you practice yogic breathing techniques.
Meditation is also a fantastic way to get your mind into a calm and relaxed state, especially before bed.
Try: Slip into an unconscious state with Victorious Breathing (Ujjayi Pranayama). Dedicate 10 minutes first thing in the morning and/or 10 minutes before bedtime.
5. Tone Your Body: When you establish a regular yoga practice you will strengthen your body and increase your flexibility.
Every yoga pose is physically challenging and requires enormous amounts of core stability and endurance.
During a yoga class, all of the major and minor muscles of the body are targeted as you lift your own body weight in an arm balance, and increase your stamina by holding poses.
A traditional Ashtanga yoga class is fast paced and considered a serious cardio work out.
Try: Holding plank and/or side plank position for 10 breaths or 1 minute. Repeat 3 times.