Healthy Living, Yoga Practice

What will keep you away from your Yoga class

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.

Namaste,

Kamal Maliramani

http://www.energizeryoga.in
http://www.facebook.com/EnergizerYoga

 

 

 

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Healthy Living

Our thoughts shape us up

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.

healthy mind, 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.

Namaste,

Kamal Maliramani

http://www.energizeryoga.in
http://www.facebook.com/EnergizerYoga

Healthy Living

The power of Rest

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We are in love with the new age 24×7 lifestyle. We love to talk about how busy we are (not necessarily constructive), how we are making the most of our time. Work, play & party hard is the mantra…there is no room for sleep or rest. Rest seems to be a waste of precious time. So much so that if we do get some spare time we start feeling uncomfortable, unproductive and depressed. Chasing the clock has become our daily routine and habit.

So do we really need rest? the answer is a firm ‘Yes’. Its as essential as eating, walking or breathing. When we rest, our body gets time and energy to repair and restore our muscles, joints, cells etc that are a part of our physical being, it helps the subconscious to assimilate thoughts and provide us with solutions, it reduces strain and stress that accumulates during work. It’s like going on vacation…when we get back from vacation we have more energy and enthusiasm. So right kind of rest will also bring in energy and enthusiasm in abundance.

Feel like you are dragging yourself from day to day and feeling fatigued when you get up in the morning? then rest assured you need rest 🙂 With proper rest we can be assured that our channels of thinking work most efficiently thereby making us more efficient in all the tasks that we take upon us.

Here are two cases that I share from my classes.

The first one is a gentleman from Mumbai who is in his early 40s and had developed heart problem. The fast paced life running behind the clock displayed in his body with a paunch around the abdomen, marks below the eyes and the skin looking dull and lifeless. He turned to Yoga looking for a solution and gave me one week time. To put him through a routine of asanas was not possible cos he had never spent time for fitness and coupled with this was his weak heart that could not take much physical exertion. I realized his immediate need was proper and effective rest. For one complete week we worked on only Pranayaam and Yog Nidra. This brought familiarity and importance of rest in his life. The result was there to see in just one week…his skin firmed up and was shining, eyes and face expressed freshness, the bloated body restored to normal and he also developed a positive mindset that life can be restored. When he returned to Mumbai his wife called to thank and said “he looks so much more younger!”

The second case is of a lady who delivered her second baby after about 6 years of gap. Now managing the home with a school going kid and having a new one who would not let her sleep was taking a toll on her. Exhaustion was visible on her face, eyes and body language. She had practiced Yoga earlier and now she had turned to Yoga once again for fitness, balance and weight loss. She was very efficient with asana practice earlier but now standing forward bending was making her dizzy. She was unhappy about this and so was I concerned. BP check brought in normal reading and that was a good news. On further discussion and contemplation I explained that it was lack of rest that is displaying itself in various ways. Once again for one whole week we just worked on Yog nidra in the class and she recovered. No more dizzy head and what more she also started loosing weight. Her efficiency in performing asanas improved and even bettered the earlier stint.

Rest is a biological need and lack of it can make you irritable, angry, unclear & unpleasant. So what is proper rest. If you think lying on the sofa reading a book or watching your favorite television show is rest then you are mistaken. Proper rest involves minimal nerve stimulation and absolute suspension of use of muscle, joints and the mind. Rest is complete when its more than just physical, we need psychological rest with suspension of use of mind. As we age and responsibilities multiply we need to relearn the art of resting that would help us lead a meaningful life with focus and clarity.

Here are quick benefits of proper Rest or Sleep:

– Keeps weight in check
– Make us look healthier and attractive
– Adds years to life
– Strengthens immune system
– Reduces stress
– Improves memory
– Improves creativity
– Sharpens attention
– Brings clarity to thought
– Improved enthusiasm & Positive thinking

Shavasana in the Yoga system reinforces the importance of rest, performing Shavasana at the end of a Yoga session helps channelize the energy gained while performing the asanas or praanayaam.

So till next time take care and do rest.

Namaste
Kamal Maliramani

http://www.energizeryoga.in
http://www.facebook.com/EnergizerYoga