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Yoga for Energy

Saturday, June 9th, 2012

500 yoga instructor intensive trainingBy Kimaya Singh

It is well-known by now that people who lead an active lifestyle report having more energy than their inactive counterparts. This improved energy can be attributed to a number of causes, all related. First, exercise improves all-over health, which contributes to energy. Second, exercising at moderate to high intensities over an extended period of time releases endorphins, which make people feel more energetic. Third, exercise helps activate a mind-body experience, which enables people to fight the energy-drainers: stress and anxiety.

Reasons that people report feeling tired range from physical causes to mental or emotional causes. Fatigue is common when people physically can’t get enough rest, suffer from an illness or have been working too hard. People also report feeling tired, when they are stressed or anxious and when they are dealing with interpersonal conflicts. As a result, fatigue is linked to mental health issues like depression and insomnia in addition to physical health issues like chronic diseases.

As mentioned above, exercising for energy can address physical as well as emotional factors surrounding fatigue and lack of energy. The practice of yoga takes exercise one step further in encouraging more complete awareness of the mind-body connection, which in turn boosts energy and fights fatigue.

Yoga for Energy

In yoga, the combination of physical activity and calm breathing exercises facilitates a mind-body connection as practitioners hold poses and concentrate on breathing through to various parts of the body. Each pose is an opportunity to challenge the body while gaining control over emotions and stressors through calm, unhurried breathing techniques.

The physical benefits derived from these two yoga characteristics alone are enough to energize practitioners, but many schools of yoga also utilize meditative practices to help practitioners gain access to life energies known as prana and energy channels called nadis. In these schools of yoga, the meditative practices are integrated with physical poses and breathing techniques to elevate consciousness and increase awareness.

During yoga asana practice, both active and relaxed poses can increase energy. Relaxed poses like corpse represent an opportunity to explore the mind-body connection, a practice that releases tension and encourages feelings of well-being. Active poses like balance or inversions work muscles and elevate heart rate while allowing yoga practitioners the chance to focus on a single area of the body, like elongating the spine or opening up hips, for instance.

Due to the fact that yoga activates the body physically, while providing a space to improve the mind’s relationship to the body, practitioners walk away from a session feeling more energetic both physically and mentally.

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Yoga Techniques for Stress Overload

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012

500 hour yoga instructor training certificationBy Dr Paul Jerard, E-RYT 500

In this stimulating age of never-ending to-do lists, smart-phones vibrating with constant notifications, constant reminders of ever-evolving business, and relationship demands, who among us is not stressed out?  Who has time to get groceries after work, creatively work around the kids’ schedules, and juggle project priorities with other tasks at work without feeling anxious and tense?  Yoga, was designed to slow you down and put you in touch with your inner self, which makes it the perfect mind and body health maintenance system for relieving stress, rather than creating it.

Yogic Breathing

Yoga’s focus on breathing, especially deep abdominal breathing techniques, is a well-known way to reduce stress levels. Modern science has established that taking short and shallow breaths, which is how the average person breathes throughout the day, can lead to depleted carbon dioxide levels in the body and can cause mental agitation. Many people do not realize that lower levels of carbon dioxide levels can cause less oxygenation of tissue, because carbon dioxide is a major factor in transporting oxygen from the blood to the brain and the entire body. This is why strong emotions like anger or fear, which lead to rapid breathing often create a more frenzied level of thinking and inability to focus.

Yoga teaches its practitioners to breathe deeply, using techniques to maximize the flow of oxygen into the lungs. This has a calming effect on the brain, which is able to slow down its information processing and avoid an overload of the senses. The more a Yoga student practices, the better he or she will be at deep breathing techniques that lead to a relaxed state of body.

Meditation

Although some schools of Yoga in the west emphasize the physical practice, many forms of Yoga exercise the mind as well as the body. Meditation is a concentrated effort for slowing the mind and body down, by practicing mantra, japa, mindfulness or deep breathing to center one’s ability to focus, while blocking out audio or visual input. Much like abdominal breathing, meditation has a relaxing effect on a person’s mind and body.

Yoga Pose Series

A typical Hatha Yoga session begins with a centering designed to collect one’s thoughts, which is followed by a pose (asana) series designed to warm up the body’s muscles and joints. These are usually a little more fast-paced and strenuous than the poses that come at the end of a Yoga class, which are aimed at slowing the body down to enable Yoga practitioners to access a more relaxed state of mind and body. Poses like Shavasana (the corpse pose) should enable practitioners to rest active minds and bodies, while Yoga practitioners shed the causes of physical and emotional stress. As a result, Yoga is a practice that can help ease stress overload and improve mental health.

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A Brief History of Yoga Therapy

Saturday, March 5th, 2011

how to become a yoga teacher onlineBy Amruta Kulkarni, CYT 250

The earliest references to Yoga come from four shastras known as the Vedas. The Vedas are historically recognized as the earliest existing form of scriptures of humankind. The shastras explained and regulated aspects of life from supreme reality to life on earth, and were orally passed from guru to disciple for thousands of years before being written down.

Through many centuries, the art of Yoga, a relaxing, yet energizing technique of stretching the physical body and enhancing spiritual awareness, has evolved into a combination of a Yoga techniques and passive treatments, including medicinal treatments, we call Yoga therapy.

Yoga was introduced in the United States in 1893 when Swami Vivekananda of India spoke at the Parliament of Religions in Chicago. The goal of the Parliament was to integrate the religions and sciences of East and West cultures. At that time, Yoga would grow with the creation of the Vedanta society. Early North American Yoga was guided by the Vedanta society, but would be nurtured for the most part by female gurus.

Back in India, the guru of gurus was born on November 18, 1888 in Muchukundapura in Karnataka. Sri Tirumalai Krishnamacharya is considered to be the father of modern Yoga and contemporary Yoga Therapy. Today, most schools of Yoga Therapy can be traced back to him. He was the teacher of BKS Iyengar, A. G. Mohan, and TKV Desikachar, three of the most well known Gurus of contemporary Yoga Therapy.

In the 1980s, Yoga therapy was re-introduced to North America in a publication by Dr. Dean Ornish concerning the study of the effects of lifestyle intervention on heart disease. The study demonstrated heart disease could be reversed through lifestyle changes which included therapeutic Yoga, meditation, and diet. By the 1990s, the Program for Reversing Heart Disease was approved for health insurance coverage, making Yoga therapy a part of medical procedures.

Since the introduction of Dr. Ornish’s enlightening program for reversing heart disease, research for many other conditions has been explored and developed. Research has proven Yoga breathing exercises (pranayama) used in a therapeutic context helps manage symptoms of disease and often makes ailing patients feel better.

Some of the many conditions Yoga therapy has relieved are: Depression, insomnia, breathing difficulties, carpal tunnel syndrome, fibromyalgia, mourning, sciatica and muscle tension, autoimmune illnesses, nervousness, perfectionism, and many other ailments.

Yoga therapy, also known as restorative Yoga therapy, helps individuals loosen joints, ease sore muscles, and tone internal organs with a combination of passive, or assisted, Yoga, acupressure, reflexology, energy work and massage techniques. During the Yoga therapy session, the energy lines (sen) and energy centers (marma points) are activated to create vital energy (prana) which alleviates symptoms of discomfort on physical, mental, and emotional levels.

In ancient times gurus passed their knowledge to disciples. Currently many schools and online Yoga teacher training programs offer generalized and specialized Yoga therapy training. General Yoga therapy training enables therapists to treat a wide range of conditions and specialized therapy training focuses on one specific condition, such as depression, back pain, insomnia, and many others. Programs are a combination of healthcare, anatomy, Yoga, and business management classes, lasting from 200 to 500 credit hours for certification.

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