Dear Yogis, we’re going to collate the most important news on Yoga every day and present it to you for easy reading. Here’s everything that we find newsworthy in Yoga today; and also a little bit of Inspirational content with an occasional Wacky story thrown in for good measure (there’s plenty of those in the modern yoga world!!) First lady of China - Peng Liyuan First lady of china practicing yoga Despite its traditional tai chi fitness practice, China is taking up yoga big time. First Lady Peng Liyuan is said to be learning and practicing yoga for sound mental and physical health. Read More>>> Yoga at a layover Yoga room to kill time at airports Travelling is stressful, so is a layover between flights. Instead of getting bored or drinking alone at a bar, you can now de-stress and make the layover pleasant by flowing into yoga sequences. Read More>>> Iraq veteran yogi sgt Nevis Double amputee, Iraq veteran is now a yoga teacher Sgt. Dan Nevins lost both his legs in the Iraq War, but refused to let that hold him back. He went on to inspire many people with disabilities who gave up shame and pooled strength to lead life in dignity. Read More>>> Tomorrow we’ll have 3 more stories on Yoga!
How yoga helps in treating backpain? Yoga is perhaps the most important methodology to treat Back Pain. Most Back Pain is caused because of the sedentary nature of our modern Lifestyle; and hence due to weakened Back and Core muscles. Add mental Stress to this, which causes stiffening of muscles and we find that Back Pain has become a global epidemic! Yoga exercises or Asanas were designed to keep the Back supple yet strong as a straight back was pivotal for sitting long hours in Meditation. Asanas are often used in Physiotherapy exercises in the therapeutic alleviation of Back Pains. Also, Yoga’s Breathing exercises or Pranayama helps us de-stress; so then our Body can relax and heal itself. Is yoga a good workout? Take a peek in to any gym in the world and you will see a Yoga class on the schedule. Yes, Yoga has universally been accepted as an effective work-out! Yoga helps us get Fit, lose Weight, tone our muscles, improve posture, alleviate back pains and strengthen the back. It helps us make our bodies more supple and Flexible while also Strengthening to create a lean, toned look. Worldwide sportsmen and athletes are swearing by yoga! It is an exercise that caters to people of all age groups. Yoga is arguably the most complete workout in the world as it benefits all aspects of Fitness - flexibility, strength, cardio, balance and mental wellbeing! Is yoga good for respiratory system? Yoga lays a high emphasis on Breathing. In fact an entire range of practices called Pranayama are dedicated to Breathing completely. This makes the Body stronger and eliminates toxins. The right balance of Oxygen and Carbon Dioxide is vital [...]
Stress at the Workplace is today considered a part and parcel of modern living! While we generally enjoy our jobs – the other associated factors often make our lives miserable. Longer working hours, sedentary jobs, uncertainty over job security, reduced incentives and greater demands of output from management; have started fueling the downward spiral of your health. It is important to understand the mechanism of Stress so that we can eliminate its negative effects. The external event (that causes us stress) is simply a ‘trigger’; and it’s only the individual’s internal response to that event that becomes the Stress. In other words we are choosing (generally due to lack of awareness) to get stressed with changes in our life. Having a sanguine, Zen-like demeanor would ensure that we go through the day without getting stressed! How Stress effects the Body? Stress is experienced as our Body’s sympathetic nervous system’s “flight or fight” reaction to external events. In ancient times this reaction was our primary defense mechanism and served us well. For instance, when we would come upon a dangerous wild animal in the forest, our sympathetic nervous system would send signals to our adrenal glands and they would enhance adrenaline secretion to give us the boost of energy needed to defend ourselves - by fighting back or running away. However, when triggered in the office, we cannot fight or run away. Instead our bodies become saturated with bio-chemicals like the steroid hormone, cortisol. Without the associated energy-expending response, our own bodies begin tearing themselves apart. Cortisol has been identified as a major contributor to “belly fat” which can promote heart disease, diabetes and lowered self-image. Unnatural Working conditions: The human body is designed for movement and not to sit for long [...]
A lot of people have asked me for a Yoga routine that they can follow. I've always resisted. Ideally there should be NO routine in your YOGA practice - it's not about mastering 15-20 poses; but about having overall Flexibility, Strength and being Sensitive to what your Body requires at that particular MOMENT. And only then you have a chance to be fresh every single time you do Yoga. Only then can you keep the wonder and interest alive - and then Meditation can begin to happen to you. No Auto-Pilot routines of Asanas! Ideally. However, till you develop the interest and time to figure it out yourself - here's what I'd recommend - the TOTAL YOGI workout! How often should you practice Yoga? I'd say, a minimum of 7 days a week! Yes, like you eat or bathe everyday; so too should yoga be practiced daily. How long should you practice? At least 40 mins. I don't expect you to sustain focus for longer and you'll end up wasting a lot of time in between especially if you're practicing by yourself. So keep it tight! Any less than 40 mins is tough - simply because we are doing Asanas, Pranayam & Meditation! When? Preferably early morning - after your toilet & shower - before eating. Else, evening. What constitutes the Total Yogi Work-out? It should include Flexibility, Cardio, Balance and Strength training apart from Relaxation & Meditation. Each major Body-Part should have an exercise. Asana trains muscle endurance - so each pose should be held for 1 min. Your target is to hold this 1 min with only 12 breaths; or lower! For further Fitness - Isometric exercises (push-ups, squats, crunches) will follow the Asana. For all the [...]