Yoga has become increasingly popular. While many people consider it as a form of exercise, Sarah Silver explains how yoga offers so much more than that.
“Be faithful in small things because is it in that your strength lies! – Mother Theresa
Yoga is the union of mind, body and spirit. The ultimate goal is to attain enlightenment to find meaning in this world and how we fit into it. The original yogic system is more spiritual than physical and the first yoga texts do not emphasis postures. Traditionally there are four paths of yoga Karma-Bhakti-Raja-Jnanana. Yoga we practice today has evolved from these teachings. Modern day yoga (1850 to the present) descends from Raja yoga. It is a comprehensive method that embraces meditation while encompassing the whole of yoga dealing directly with the thoughts of the mind and follows all the preparation of hatha yoga (yoga postures).
Our breath is directly linked to the central nervous system. t is an important indication of our physical, mental and emotional well-being. We can use it to induce feelings of calm by taking conscious control which changes the neural pathways within our brain and nervous system (flight/fight). It teaches us to become aware of the quality of our breath and through yogic breathing you begin to notice how the body experiences it. it is the key to unlocking your body in your yoga practice.
These are tried and tested, they have been developed over thousands of years to purposely exercise every muscle, nerve and gland within the body. Practising once or twice a week increases body strength, flexibility and grounds you spiritually. No special equipment is needed, you just come on to your mat with your breath and some resolve. This makes it suitable for all age groups and those with mobility problems. There are several yoga centres in the local area that provide classes for all levels.
Meditation and spirituality
Meditation is a flow of mental awareness which we directly experience by emptying the mind. Several methods are used: Breathing, Visualisation, Mantras and Chanting and Gazing to ground and help us to focus the mind. Love is the highest state and final goal of spiritual realisation, having an open heart is the key in moving your lie forward. Love is your inner source, your potential and your true nature. Meditation helps to clear and mental attachments – anger, greed and fear in order for us to move forward and grow a compassionate people.
“The answer my friend is blowing in the wind” – bob Dylan.
Om Shanti Namaste
There’s one thing that can put a damper on a holiday and that’s back pain. If you are one of the many people who are taking to the skies this summer to reach their holiday destination, Arif has put together some timely advice for you.
Arif’s Back Safe Air Travel Advice
To minimise backache and to keep in good spinal health when flying for over an hour I recommend these brief points and gentle mobilising exercises.
- When handling your baggage keep the case as close as possible into your body and avoid jerky movements when lifting the case
- Pull a case off the carousel with both hands, this will spread the load and lessen the chances of twisting as you lift
- As with most lifting bend always remember to bend your knees
- Sit higher up on the seat with your bottom against the back of seat, raise your height by placing the blanket and cushion provided on long haul flights under your bottom.
- Every one to one and a half hours take a break from your seat and do some gentle mobilising exercises:
- Find an area to stand with your back against a wall and pull one knee up to your chest with both hands holding below the knee cap. Gently tug the leg 10 times. Repeat this for each leg 3 times so that’s 10 tugs 3 times per leg.
- Next stand with your feet just beyond hips width apart with your hands on your hips and swing gently and rhythmically from side to side for 2 minutes or longer. This mimics the act of walking and is good for circulation too!
- On returning to your seat, sit upright and clench your buttocks firmly, holding for 10 seconds, release and repeat 10 times. This will help to keep your circulation flowing (and provide a giggle to the passenger next to you and laughter is always beneficial:)!).
- Use a horse shoe pillow to stop your head rolling if you fall asleep.
- Avoid looking down to digital devices for more than a few minutes to avoid neck strain and possible headaches.
Whether you are jetting off or taking a staycation this summer we hope you have a relaxing holiday and safe travel.
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The offer is valid through until 31st August 2019.
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