I’ve been practicing yoga for over a year now. My initial intention was to have regular exercise for physical benefits such as to lose weight, to be flexible, tto have a stronger core, however sooner I felt that it doesn’t only affect my physical condition but also mentally, emotionally psychologically and spiritually which I felt more grounded in my everyday life.
“Yoga is the science of right living”which begins on the outermost aspect which is the physically body.
When your body is imbalance , you feel tired, weak or sick all the time, your muscles, organs and nerves are not functioning in harmony.
To balance and to harmonise body, mind and emotions, this can be done-through practice of asana, pranayama , mudra, Banda, sharkarma, and meditation.
My daily life routine working at least 12hours in the restaurant is physically and mentally exhausting after a long tiring shift. But after that long day I have to make sure that I have time to attend my yoga class, could be Hatha, Vinyasa, Pranayama or Meditation before heading home. With my busy schedule I also try to take very early morning class to make me feel light , happier , energised before starting my day too.
This daily 1 hour yoga practice can boost up my energy and spirit that helped me be balance and grounded in my daily life.
I’ve been practicing Hatha yoga very often. Hatha is a balancing yoga that connects your body and mind, with breathing technique while you holding the poses with awareness. You must be proactive , be patience and should practice regularly.
And of course this includes the Asana or the postures which has four parts. Firstly is the breath, ujjayi breath or ocean breath which warm up inner organs so that the blood flows, second is body alignment which concerns about your whole body positioning in a certain asana. Thirdly is the Dristhi which is a gaze to build your focus and concentration and lastly vinyasa which is connecting breath to your movement.
Balancing asanas improve your muscle coordination and posture, including Physical and nervous balance and stilling unconscious movement . Steadiness develops concentration and balance at emotional, mental and physics level , removing stress and Anxiety.
That’s why it’s very important for me to take a yoga class after work so I can release all the negative energy and stress from work which also helps me to have a good sleep at night. Sometimes Im also tired to catch early morning class to boost up my energy and share positivity with my colleagues.
My favourite Balancing asanas are:
Eka Pada Pranamasana – Tree pose
Stand straight both feet together , medial arches of the feet touches each other, stand on your hills, place hands on the side, while pointing your fingers down, scoop your buttocks, natal in, straighten your back , roll your shoulder up and down ,focus gaze on a fixed point in front of the body. Then Bend your right leg, grasp the ankle with your right Hand and place the sole of the foot inside your left thigh. Your hill should be closed to the perineum and your right knee should point out to the right side.And if have any knee pain To modify this posture you may put your right knee in. between your thigh or on your caft muscle but not on the side of your knee. Never give pressure to the knee. Then when you are balance your hands in prayer position in front of your chest as your final position. Then change sides.
This pose develops nervous balance and also strengthen the leg,ankle and foot muscles .
Garudasana – Eagle pose
Stand straight, both feet together, tack your tailbone in, slightly bend the right leg and twist it around the left leg. The right thigh should be in front of the left thigh and the top of the right foot should rest on the calf of the left leg. Bend the elbows and bring them in front of the chest .Twist the forearms around each other with the left elbow remaining below. Place the palms together. When stable bend the left knee an ld lower your body while keeping the back straight while the elbow came down the knee and the tips of the right big toe touches the floor. Your elbows and knees are inline to each other. Gaze your eye down the mat and hold the final post for long as is comfortable, then raise your body and release your legs and arm . Then repeat on the other side.
If you any shoulder or knee injury your may just stay at On a bended knee instead of folding forward down.
This post improve concentration, strengthens the muscles and loosen the joints of the shoulders, arm and legs and good for your upper back.
Samal Natarajasana – Dancers pose
stand straight with your feet together bend the right knee , grasp the ankle with the right hand behind the body or You may use a strap to hold on to your ankle. Slowly kick the the leg strengthens backward as much as comfortable make sure the right hip does not twist and the leg is raised directly behind the body then lower down your left arm, gaze on your finger tip.hold down your position as long as is comfortable .
Then slowly lower down your left arm to the side and right leg down , bringing the knees together. Then repeat with with the other side.
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This pose It benefits your Shoulder, arms,hips and legs. It develops a sense of balance and coordination and improves concentration.
Besides of Practicing asanas ; pranayama and meditation also makes me feel More grounded on my life.
Breath is the most important process of your body, it has the major role for every activities of your cell and most importantly it is linked to the performance of your brain.
When the rhythm of your brain has been disrupted by irregular breathing it lead to physical, emotional and mental back ergo it will affects your life completely.
One of the kind of pranayama I’ve been practicing is the or the breath of fire.
I’ve been practicing for Hot 26 for awhile now and this how I learned Kapalbhati Pranayama Or breath of fire as this was the last practice to release the heat, clear the lungs and relax the mind I’before going for final relaxation shavasana .
I oftenly practicing this when I wake up in the morning as this is could to perform when your stomach is empty.It is very beneficial for me to energised my mind to be mentally prepared for a busy working agenda.
I always practice the preparatory technique inhaling and exhaling both nostrils.
To start this practice you have to seat in a comfortable meditation position.
Straighten your spine and head while the hands resting on the knees either chin or Jnana Mundra.
Close your eyes and relax your whole body. Exhale through both nostrils with a strong contraction using your abdominal muscles .while inhalation should be spontaneous effortless rebound. Face muscles must be relax with no tension like wise the shoulder shouldn’t have any movement.
Take 10 speedy breaths and then followed by deep inhalation and exhalation. Allow your breath to return normal then continue to practice up to 5 rounds.
Kapalbhati Pranayama is not only to energised your body and good to practice during cold weather. It is also beneficial
For your digestive system and exercise for your abdominal, while this practice is also good if you have low blood pleasure.
However it is not recommended if you have ulcer, hernia, stomach injury or if you have menstruation or pregnant.
After pranayama practice, meditation is followed.
Ive been experimenting meditation for a while but not in regular basis, I can be honest I am not sure if I got it right or how to get it right or what is the right practice. There were few moments that I’m so disturbed and distracted with my surroundings and unable to focus.There were some tiny moment that I felt it right which made me calm and light.
I like taking body scan relaxation meditation while I am lying down on the floor while your legs are as wide as your mat, the hands are away from your body, your head is comfortable facing up and your your shoulder, your back your whole body are relaxed. You may place a boaster to support your buttocks or towel to rest your knees.
Food and water is the basic need of our body to live. Yoga thought me how to respect the life of animals that’s why I became vegetarian. Not to worry about protein source as you substitute meat to legumes, beans, soy and dairy for your daily diet. While you get energy thru carbs having starchy root crops and vegetables rich with fibres.While drinking water is essential to circulation of our different system in our body. Drink water at least 2 to 3 litre a day. Drink water 10 minutes before the meal as this can produce saliva to breakdown the food from your mouth and do not drink water while eating as food can easily digest while not taking water during meal. You may drink water after an hour after the meal.
Healthy body harmonised to your healthy mind and healthy spirit.
Dosha have 5 elements , space, air fire,water and earth. While there are 3 substances In human bodies such as Vata is air, Pitta which is fire and Kapha is water and earth.
If you are Vata, your metabolism is poor and restless and can be powerful and but in short period of time.
While Pitta, is energetic , Dominant , and powerful.
While Kapha, is calm , can get easily influenced by other but not for a long period of time.
Imbalances are normal and can’t be avoided as it is all affected by your environment or society , weather, daily activities and food diet.
Yoga harmonises and balances my body and mind which makes me feel grounded in everyday.