You’ve come a LONG way, Yogi

One of the many things I love about yoga asana practice is this……The more you practice, the deeper your experience into the posture becomes.  At first, yoga just feels pretty good;  with regular practice you start to feel a better general sense of well being, such as not getting sick, or having an even level of energy, or experiencing an upbeat attitude.  All of those things are wonderful, but as you progress, the posture starts to work at such a deep internal level, that several times during practice this morning, I had to “take a moment” after coming out of the asana.

Some of the postures (backbends or heart openings) activate your sympathetic nervous system, causing a surge of energy to run up and down your body, kind of like somebody dumping a 5 gallon bucket of ice water on you after a marathon through the desert.  Refreshing, energizing, tingling volts through your body. Our society is increasingly stuck in a forward head posture, which slumps our body, ruining our posture.  Now it is more important than ever to backbend.  Here are some examples of backbends……

 

 

 

 

 

Other asanas (forward bending) activate your parasympathetic nervous system.  Cooling, and the ultimate in relaxation, better than a 2 hour massage, are the forward bending asanas.  Nothing quite hits the spot to relax you more, than a series of different forward facing postures.  When we are stuck in over drive, stressed, and not feeling our best, this group of asanas soothes, repairs, and recharges us for the week ahead.  Here are some wonderful forward facing postures…..

 

 

 

 

The point I’m making here, is unlike medicine where you might take something for a headache, and when the medicine wears off, your stuck with a headache again.  Over time, you might have to take a stronger dose of medicine to get the same benefits.  Yoga works in the opposite way.  The more you do yoga, the stronger the affects of the postures become.  Lets look at the benefits of laying on your stomach, and grabbing your feet behind you, the posture known as dhanurasana: 

Benefits of Dhanurasana – Bow Pose

  1. Effective in weight loss.
  2. Improves digestion and appetite.
  3. Helps to cure dyspepsia (obesity), rheumatism and gastrointestinal problems.
  4. Cures constipation.
  5. Improves blood circulation.
  6. Gives flexibility to the back.
  7. Strengthens back muscles.
  8. Improve the function of liver, pancreas, small intestine and big intestine.
  9. Act as a stress reliever.
  10. Strengthens ankles, thighs, groins, chest, and abdominal organs.
  11. Cure menstruation disorder.
  12. Improve function of kidney and liver.
  13. It improves posture.
  14. Releases back pain.
  15. Cures respiratory disorder like asthama.
  16. Helpful is stimulating reproductive organs.
  17. Improve function of the pancreas and it is beneficial in diabetes.

wow.  WOW.  This is why I love yoga, and I love to teach it, and practice it.

See you on the mat!,

Paula

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