Joe Sarnicola and Marie Pasqua Waldron for The Citizen
On this column, we wish to emphasize the evolution of physique, thoughts, and spirit. This month we’ll speak about a type of train that features every of those components: yoga.
The phrase “yoga” means “union” and is virtually the union of physique, thoughts and spirit.
Plenty of individuals do yoga simply to train, and there is nothing mistaken with that. If something, it is extremely useful for the physique. The first focus of yoga as an train is stretching. This implies stretching muscle tissue, tendons, and ligaments. Stretching retains muscle tissue supple and lubricated, lowering the opportunity of damage on account of overuse of stiff muscle tissue.
Throughout a yoga session, stretching and asanas are sometimes coordinated with respiratory. Deep, sluggish respiratory throughout train helps calm the thoughts and physique. It additionally permits us to be extra conscious of what’s occurring within the current second. In different phrases, to be alert.
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Being conscious of the current whereas performing a yoga observe places us able to reinforce the non secular facet of the observe. Our minds and our bodies are relaxed, and we’re relaxed and conscious of what’s occurring round and inside us.
That is the perfect mind-set and physique to have the ability to meditate. This has nothing to do with faith or any explicit perception, nevertheless individuals of any faith or individuals who don’t have any non secular observe in any respect can take pleasure in the advantages of yoga on the psychological, bodily and non secular ranges.
Mary is an authorized yoga teacher, so let’s discover out what she has to say about it.
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When individuals consider yoga, they typically think about that they’re making an attempt to twist themselves into not possible poses, however that is a misrepresentation. In truth, there are a lot of completely different types of yoga that modify in depth and concentrate on many points of the observe. I firmly imagine that everybody can profit from yoga if used correctly. Please do not get discouraged should you tried a category earlier and located it too tough.
I perceive how complicated it may be when you’re not acquainted with phrases, conditions or methods. It may well really feel intimidating and perhaps even a bit humiliated should you’re struggling to maintain up with a fast-paced or extraordinarily athletic class. That is in direct distinction to the purpose of yoga. Profitable observe will present a way of calm and elevated focus, in addition to enhance your consciousness of the current second. This does not really require any bodily poses in any respect! Respiration work and meditation are very efficient and useful on their very own. Each are nice locations to begin your yoga journey. The bodily a part of yoga supplies an awesome program of train for the physique and enhances the flexibility to concentrate, because it incorporates the opposite elements of yoga, working in direction of the union that Joe talked about earlier.
That is why I encourage you to discover completely different types of yoga till you discover the one which works finest for you. You may need to have a category with a couple of poses which can be held for longer durations. Or perhaps try a restorative classroom with props that may be adjusted to fit your consolation. There are additionally chair-based courses that mean you can stay seated for many or the entire observe. Please be affected person and compassionate with your self as you try to develop a yoga observe that’s best for you.
You can begin with a easy meditation, or add sluggish, managed respiratory with light stretching. Merely put aside lower than 10 minutes a day to concentrate on one or each of those actions to begin feeling the advantages! That is attainable for you no matter your age or health stage. Opposite to standard perception, yoga is for everybody!
Joe Sarnicola, of Auburn, is an authorized non secular life coach and meditation chief. He might be contacted at [email protected] or (315) 224-5071. Marie Pasqua Waldron is an authorized yoga instructor, Reiki practitioner, and producer/presenter of the Potential Life podcast.