Alternative MethodsConventional Methods


May 7

How Yoga transforms your Body and Mind?

Reading time 3 min.

From ambitious career aspiration to family demands, to stress in school or college, worries about our environment, financial insecurity, coping with aging, fighting life-threatening diseases and myriads of other triggers – we live in a “stress bubble”. Honestly, not everyone lives in this bubble but much of modern society does and it’s getting beyond control for some people. We have become more physically and emotionally unfit, and social media and smartphones constantly connect us with the world yet we are also disconnected from one another. Work, home and school stress seem to be at an all-time high with the incidence of stress related disease rising.

We are so busy living in our heads, in all the big events that may happen in the future, in all the vacations we will take one day, in that huge special occasion that is going to happen after we achieve our dream.We forget to be here and present. We forget that today our heart was beating in the morning and we were breathing and aren’t these such miracles? We forget the smell and freshness of dawn, the beauty of a spectacular sunset, the refreshing cool breeze, the mouth-watering flavor of the our favorite foods, the voices of the kids, the sound of the waves, the healing capacity of walking barefoot on a lawn. We forget that we can walk,jump,run,talk and sing and aren’t these such miracles?

Yoga unlocks the magic within us and around us! It makes us realize that the special occasion is here and now, in every little daily miracle, in every flower than opens and goes back to sleep at sunset.It makes us realize that we don’t need to achieve anything, that we came here to just to BE and not DO all the time! As Rolf Gates wrote, "Yoga is not a work-out, it is a work-in. And this is the point of spiritual practice; to make us teachable; to open up our hearts and focus our awareness so that we can know what we already know and be who we already are." The practice of yoga is not about touching the toes, doing a backbend, handstand, or even about gaining greater happiness and joy. Yoga aims towards transcendence of all those things. In a culture in which we are multitasking and in a constant rat-race with non-stop to-do lists lingering in our heads,Yoga opens up the possibility of connecting to what we already have and to who we already are.

Yoga improves blood circulation, digestion and metabolism, improves joint health and muscle tone, relieves muscle pain and tension, calms down the central nervous system just to list a few benefits. When high levels of cortisol are secreted within the bloodstream, stress levels rise and there is a higher propensity for anxiety and depression. Yoga has been proven to reduce the level of cortisol. Researchers recommend the use of yoga for its abilities to act as an anti-depressant on its own and to act as a catalyst to enhance the results of actual medication. Yoga facilitates a state of deep calm and reflection, otherwise absent in the materialist, fast-paced world where people have forgotten how to delve into a journey within themselves. Yoga cultivates greater self-awareness and mindfulness through teaching us how to control our breathing, thus making us more aware of your surroundings, our body, our actions and most importantly, our mind. By being able to focus on our breath, we are better able to be present, calm and fully engaged in the daily routine of our life.

As Buddhist teacher Pema Chodron explains, "Practice isn’t about trying to throw ourselves away and become something better. It’s about befriending who we are already. The ground of practice is you or me or whoever we are right now, just as we are. We recognize our capacity to relax with the clarity, the space, the open-ended awareness that already exists in our minds. We experience moments of being right here that feel simple, direct, and uncluttered." People say I am not flexible enough or young enough or strong enough to do Yoga. Saying you are not "– enough" for Yoga is like saying you are too dirty to take a bath. Yoga is not about attaining the perfect pose. We need to modify the pose to feel comfortable in our own body and that changes from day to day. We can use props to enhance our capability of getting into the poses and staying in them. It’s not about being "good enough" or "perfect". Yoga is about removing any judgments and letting us be present to who we are now.

Post-yoga, we feel calmer and more aware of our body, and this flows into everything that we do: how we work and relate to others, how we eat,walk,sit and sleep, how we look at our own life and the challenges that we face. We increase our focus and concentration through rhythmic, focused breathing in Yoga. 
We gain strength, stamina, balance and stability as we practice holding the poses for longer duration. Yoga improves posture by opening tight areas of the body like the shoulders and muscles of the back. You are as young as your spine is and Yoga helps with maintaining agility, mobility and strength in the spine. A healthy lifestyle starts with a relaxed and healthy mind and body which can be achieved through the regular and consistent practice of Yoga. The external stressors will always be present in our lives. So we need a strong foundation of connecting with our inner strength and power through the daily practice of Yoga!

Comments

Leave your questions here

To write a comment you must
or
Pragati Oswal
May 13, 2021

Thank you Sherry for your kind words! I have written another article on how Yoga has helped me. You may enjoy reading that here https://corespirit.com/articles/10-reasons-why-i-practice-yoga-afxx3z

Sherry Turnbull
May 11, 2021

Wow, your article is very motivating! Could you please tell me how yoga changed you? It would be very interesting for me to read your personal story of transformations :)

Services
Category filter
Concern filter
Type filter
Sort
 

All categories

Angel Healing
$10 USD
Mental Health Advice & Tips

I can help you with past issues and give advice and tips on how to better your life. I can see through my third eye and receive messageson what you need to do …

Beings Of Light
Life Coaching
$10 USD
Discovery call

Are you interested in supporting your health with safe and effective holistic medicine? Not sure if you should switch diets, work with a health coach or explor…

Suzana Da Costa
Wellness Coaching
$50 USD
Mental Health and Holistic Lifestyle Coaching

Hi there! I’m Doug and I offer 1 on 1 Holistic Lifestyle and Mental Health Coaching sessions. Navtigating life with mental health issues of any sevarity is a h…

Doug Peterson
Wellness Coaching
$10 USD
Mental Health and Holistic Lifestyle Coaching Consultation

Hi there! I’m Doug and I offer 1 on 1 Holistic Lifestyle and Mental Health Coaching sessions. Navtigating life with mental health issues of any sevarity is a h…

Doug Peterson
Career Coaching
$195 USD
Holistic Lifestyle & Nutrition Coaching

ARE YOU TIRED? STRESSED OUT? STRUGGLING WITH YOUR WEIGHT? UNDER SLEPT? LOST YOUR ZEST FOR LIFE?

If this sounds like you, then you don’t need a new diet… you n…

David Giddings
Bach flower therapy
$120 USD
Bach Flower Essence Consultation

Exploration of where you’re feeling stuck or limited in life and recommendations of Bach Flower Essences to help loosen and dissolve old patterns.

Suzana Da Costa
Cognitive-behavioral therapy
$100 USD
Subliminal therapy

In this service we will use Subliminal therapy and Sound healing as alternative to tradition cognitive behavioral therapy.

We are born with our thoughts. Do n…

Ahmed Amin Youssef
Psychic Reading
$10 USD
I will do oracle and tarot card readings

I will do oracle & tarot card reading in any area of your life. You will get answer from the Angelic, Elemental, Faerie or Galactic realms. I will share wi…

Wisdom Realms
Spiritual Healing
$10 USD
Intro 2 Alignment Healing Chant

Namaste.

That is my greeting to the spirit within you. Join me for a welcome introduction session to celebrate my arrival at Core Spirit!

For 15 minutes I wi…

Ti3rc3 Fire
Mediumism
$55 USD
Psychic Medium Readings

READINGS Currently, all readings will be offered virtually. Appointments are available on Tuesday and Thursday mornings between 9am-1pm (UK Time Zone). When we…

Jan Morgan
Wellness Coaching
$10 USD
Ask a Question?

Supportive reflection of a current question that you would like clarity around. Using the SMART method to seek quidance in stepping onto your path of potential…

Beverly Lynn
Oracle Cards Reading
$25 USD
Psychic Reading 15 Minutes

Well-versed in the main 5 clairs, I will Intuitively answer your questions for 15 minutes.

Jyll Hoyrup
Emotional Stress Release
$150 USD
Creatrix® Breakthrough

This is a revolutionary process, SPECIALLY designed for women. You will be able to clear your most depeest BLOCKS and limiting beliefs. 

This is the only too…

Tamar Viva
Distance Healing
$10 USD
Energy Healing (Distant)

Distant Energy healing promotes relaxation, reduces tension and stress and will support an overal sense of well being after a treatment. It is an effective ad…

Beverly Lynn
Tarot Reading
$10 USD
Tarot Reading

I offer tarot readings with a 100% accuracy rate.

I don’t do deity readings or readings about a third party. That to me, is a violation of the person.

Zara Kalil
Emotional Freedom Technique
$10 USD
Transform Your Relationship With Your Money

In this session, you will learn the basics of Emotional Freedom Technique, or EFT. Together we will use that technique, sometimes called simply tapping, to sor…

Nancy Allen
Personal Development Coaching
$10 USD
Anxiety and Depression - Coaching Consultation and Assessment Call

Are you looking to begin making a change in your life and become the best version of yourself by breaking free from the emotional barriers that has been blocki…

Amritha Kailas
Mind Control
$72 USD
Women's Emotional Wellness and Transformation Coaching

Are you dealing with confusion, low esteem, anxiety, depression, overthinking , relationship issues and trying to find focus, confidence, purpose, peace and b…

Amritha Kailas
Past Life Regression
$10 USD
Soul Readings

Your Soul is an accumulated repository of existential experience.

Access your creativity, things you learned from past lives.

Healing, you learned how to mak…

Core of Your Spirit
Emotional Freedom Technique
$105 USD
EFT tapping - Heal your past and uncover your authentic self

EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) is also know as EFT tapping. It is a mind-body approach which helps us to improve our physical, emotional and mental well-be…

Sina Weber
Tarot Reading
$10 USD
Single Card Pull

I will pull one single card for you to answer any question or concern. Typically, these types of quick readings are good for yes or no questions or simple answ…

Megan Zavar
Tarot Reading
$10 USD
One Question Tarot Reading

I’ll answer your question through Tarot and Oracle cards. I don’t restrict myself on the number of cards which will be used to give you guidance and clarity on…

Shanen Keith Hernandez
Tarot Reading
$10 USD
Love Reading

You can ask me up to 3 questions about your love situation and I will answer them all.

Sonya
Tarot Reading
$10 USD
General Tarot Reading

A three card spread to help you identify issues in your life and how to resolve them.

Tiffy