Musings of a Stiff Yogi

 

Yoga pose

Standing in the moment, palms together, eyes closed, visualizing the sun and gathering the energies from all around, we begin moving and go through the sequences of Suryanamaskars initiating our yoga session. The slow and controlled movement makes us break into a sweat in the second cycle itself and one is thinking to himself this is not as easy as one thought it would be.

Shifting from the Suryanamskars we go into various Asanas while keeping the sequence going and that’s when things get really interesting. Learning how to move from static poses to dynamic ones, controlled, and activating the right kind of muscles, well it turns out we are more unsure of our bodies than we care to realize. Things running through a person’s mind would be that it’s too tough, too easy, too slow, too boring but those don’t even come close. While moving you realize that you are not only trying to balance your entire body weight and move it in a controlled manner, your mind has to be in complete sync with your body for you be able to make those movements without collapsing like a house of cards.

Yoga helps balance the mind and body, not by just sitting around and meditating (though that also is part of it and great for the body-mind connection) but by moving from one difficult stance to another. It teaches you how to use your body and activate the muscles needed to hold a certain pose, giving you a full understanding of what the body and mind are capable of when they work together. It teaches you that with patience and persistence, you can break through any mental barrier you might have held and achieve a physical feat which you thought to be impossible at the beginning.

Adding a yoga routine to your weekly workout regime will improve your workout and shift you into another level of fitness, keeping your body nimble the whole time. Throughout the week, you may be stressing out your muscles through cardio and strength training, yoga will really help relax those muscles through the extreme stretches thereby improving the flexibility and the conditionining of the muscles of the body. We all know that it helps improve concentration and keeps the mind calm and it does just that as to maintain any particular pose you can’t have your mind wandering about thinking about dinner :D.

For more benefits go online and reasearch but why trust the internetalone when you can go and try it out yourself. Mix it up don’t get stuck with one kind of routine when working out but make sure that one of the workouts in your entire week is a yoga session and you will be surprised at how helpful it is to add it to your workout repertoire. Yoga is more fun than you can imagine you just need to let it be that. Another fun workout!

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