Our love for AcroYoga keeps growing. With this video we are happy to share the progress of our young and strong student Anoushka. We also have Dr.Anju and Rupali who are also shaping up to be good flyers. In the video Anoushka demonstrates washing machines that include Monkey Frog, Corkscrew, Helicopter & Four steps. While she continues to refine her skills and movement we are only delighted by her good progress.
Its been a while since we at Energizer Yoga started gaining interest in AcroYoga. Its fun, connects people and at the same time develops strength, flexibility with stamina.
Sow a seed and it will take a few days, months or even years before it germinates, grows and bears fruits. Seasons change slowly. Mountains form over centuries. Look everywhere around in nature and all the good happens slowly.
Shift focus to our lives…it’s exactly the opposite. Faster cars, faster music, faster cooking, faster shopping, faster recovery…. Fast has become our way of life. We expect everything to move & happen quickly. Deserving or not, we want it. At the touch of a button the master in out head wants a response. Technology has spoilt us and if we continue to give in we will be miserable.
The unfortunate reality is that mind cannot distinguish, it is conditioned by habit. Now it will be in no mood to have patience. We want to lose weight fast, we want to get into an asana fast, we want all the benefits of our work NOW.
Picture this…eating slowly, enjoying the meal morsel by morsel…enjoying the sea breeze while walking across a beach…holding our partners hand, looking into each other’s eyes and feeling the moment…slow dancing, slow music everything starts connecting you with the moment. And life is that…living the moment.
The practice of Yoga connects you with your natural pace. There is no way you can get into the headstand the very first day, so far no such pill has been discovered. We have no other choice than to be slow & patient. We have to work every day making progress slowly and steadily. It may take days, months and even years…we have to be ready to deserve it. When we devote time to our Yoga practice and work on each asana patiently we start changing our habit…we now work slowly and steadily getting us the right results. Our mind gives in to the new habit. We start understanding the world in its natural pace. The short circuit in our mind that makes us act without thinking is broken, we start living, we start thinking, we start acting rather than reacting.
Life starts getting beautiful and this beauty will reflect in your face, actions and conduct. Slow is the way and the only way of life. Live it.
On an average I get two to three people enquiring about the Yoga class every day. They usually are graceful enough to share their reasons to look towards Yoga. Some want to get into good physical shape, some want to shape up their lives, some looking for a solution to their ailment and others for general fitness. I would spend good time to understand them and also explain to the best of my abilities about how Yoga could show them the desired way. Now these are curious souls who have identified their issue and are searching for solution. This is the first positive step. However, most of them fail to take the second step ….coming to the class. A few of them would come but give up very soon stating that they are just not being able to make it…they would promise to themselves that they will be regular from tomorrow but I mostly don’t see this tomorrow happening.
A common excuse is that I do not have the time or energy left for the Yoga class and therefore its best to skip it. However, it’s important to question ourselves about why we lack the energy or the time for something we know is so good for us?
This situation I guess is not new and the Yoga Sutra has listed 4 reasons why we would skip the Yoga class.
Running behind Money: we are made to believe that money is the solution to all our problems. It can take care of our desires, can make us happy, earn us respect and make us feel successful. It has become a big yardstick on which we rate ourselves and the people around us. We get so absorbed in earning and then maintaining this money or status that we are left with none or very little time for anything else life has to offer.
Being socially overactive: we want to belong or we want to be recognized…either of these makes us socially active or rather in today’s time over active. This is so clearly visible with social networking gaining important ground in our lives. We see comments and ‘Likes’ coming in through the day and night. We want to be a part of every happening event and here hotels and restaurants will give you enough reasons to plan every week. It’s common to see everyone heading for a party or event late in the night. If we keep ourselves so occupied where will we have the energy or the discipline to attend Yoga?
Slept late or insufficient sleep: a popular bollywood chartbuster “char baj gaye lekin party abhi baaki hai” (its four in the morning but the party is still not over) sums this up. A good sound sleep at the right time is foundation to good health. This is the time body and mind need to rejuvenate, refresh and rebuild itself for the new day every day. Today we fail to provide this to ourselves and the result is known by people sooner or later. Lack of quality and timely sleep is a silent killer, it would make us weak physically and emotionally. The 24×7 work and party culture is an epidemic and the sooner we understand the better for us. Sleeping late or having disturbed sleep will keep your energy levels low to get up and go for the Yoga class.
Over eating or eating late: We are an over fed generation. We don’t have to hunt for food it gets delivered to our homes….and to top it up it’s not ‘quality food’. Most of us indulge in emotional eating. We are not happy about our lives, tasty and tangy food lifts up our spirits and we keep going back to it multiple times a day. There is no fixed time schedule and we end up eating a heavy meal right before we go to bed and this also late in the night while watching our favorite television channel. Both these habits are not subscribed to live a yogic life. These habits will disturb our sleep patterns and instead of providing energy will take it away from us.
All of us are aware of these aspects but habits are hard to break. We have to make a commitment to ourselves to lead a healthy life and with patience & practice develop new habits that are aligned to natural living. Also one needs courage and determination to live unlike most around us.
Upset about your growing waist line…. then ‘being upset’ could be adding more to it. It all begins with the mind and I firmly believe that our body is the reflection of our mind. Pick up any comic book and ask a child to identify the hero or the villain ……believe me, even without reading, a child can identify based on the facial and body structure of the characters.
Yes, our thoughts shape us up. A healthy mind is the key to a healthy body.
The modern way of living brings with it higher levels of stress, strain, anxiety and a 24 x 7 sub-conscious brain activity pattern. Left to its own, it is a recipe for disaster. For this is where our inner forces of emotion, habits and mental conditioning end up making us feel tired and out of sorts. Being under constant stress has a direct impact on our endocrine system which essentially maintains our optimal homeostasis. When the functioning of our glands are compromised it reflects immediately on the hormone production and metabolism that makes us gain or lose weight.
Ever come across the term ‘Adrenal Fatigue’.
Adrenal fatigue is a result of our adrenal glands not being able to cope up with stress. When we are stressed physically or emotionally our adrenals have to respond and maintain homeostasis. If their response is inadequate, we are likely to experience some degree of adrenal fatigue. Symptoms of Adrenal fatigue include:
– feeling tired for no reason
– trouble getting up in the morning, even when you go to bed at a reasonable hour
– feeling rundown or overwhelmed
– difficulty bouncing back from stress or illness
– crave for salty and sweet snacks
– feel more awake, alert and energetic after 6 pm
When essential energy is not available for taking care of day to day requirements of the body our metabolism is disturbed and our weight balance takes a beating. We could either start gaining weight or losing it rapidly.
Apart from just weight thoughts affect our range of motion, eating habits, sleep pattern, quality of skin, smile, eyes, response to situations, digestion, blood pressure, breathing and so on. Every cell in our body is affected by our thought pattern.
To sustain the balance in our body or to regain it we need to balance our thoughts or the mind. This is where Asanas, Meditation, Pranayama, Yam and Niyam play a vital role. Yoga knows how to power the brain and more importantly, when to power it off to a mode that helps switch off! This is achieved by getting into Asanas that are directed towards bringing inner peace and well-being, higher energy levels and the ability to handle situations better. Meditation and Pranayama equips us to manage stress effectively and the body works to its full efficiency.
So if you think you need a balanced healthy body that keeps you energetic and full of life then look nowhere but in your mind.