By Mark Elmasry
Yoga will put balance into your life.
Yoga takes mental and physical endurance that will come with practice. When you combine Eischen’s yoga progression with your daily routine your life will ultimately improve in many ways. Specifically your physical and mental well being will improve. It is the missing factor to complete our list of activities. This article is all about the benefits of yoga.
Specifically Eischen’s yoga flow, or any introductory yoga flow, will introduce the subject to a concise and simple progression.
The living, breathing, growing personification of yoga is the mental practice.
Can we stay in one place for an indefinite amount of time?
Can we learn to sync our breathing with our ever focused and controlled movements and intentions?
The epitome of this spiritual practice is learning to meditate and disconnect from distractions. If we can forget about our task list and our mobile devices for a successful hour of meditation and inward focus then we can achieve the mental aspect that yoga is trying to offer us all. The first item that any distraction will tear us away from will be the most basic involuntary movement in our body is breathing. Getting oxygen in and out of our lungs is essential for keeping our heart beating and our nervous system functioning as well as every other process in the body, but it is also the most powerful discipline in basic meditation.
We can all do a simple test right now.
Start by closing your eyes, after you read this, then focus on your breath for 5 long deep inhales through your nose with sealed lips followed by 5 even longer exhales out of your mouth.
When you opened your eyes and came back to this article, did you feel any different?
Did you feel more in control of your breathing and more care-free about your surroundings?
That is exactly what yoga is. Allowing the practitioner to ground themselves, bringing the stress levels down and regulate their stress hormone levels and clear their mind as they get more in tune and listen to their bodies.
The term for that breath is Ujjayi, which is the common thread sewing all types of yoga practice together. Yoga will only offer a progression in certain postures if your body agrees with them at the specific time you are practicing them.
Every time we step into our yoga practice space, we start with a brief assessment of our bodies.
Eischen’s yoga begins with some simple postures to mobilize the joints and bring blood flow to our tissues as well as activate certain muscle groups that are necessary to hold a posture. His flow begins with the general quadruped pose progressing to a standing “mountain pose” and all of the fundamental yoga postures such as warrior poses and chaturanga flow. These are restorative postures that can be held for long enough periods of time to where you are in a meditative state allowing the specific cells and tissues needed to adjust.
Each yoga posture can always be altered to what your body needs that day and should be regressed to what is safe and healthy, completely avoiding pain and discomfort. Eischen’s progressions have the full gamut of restorative techniques and are all ancient yoga practice postures that encourage the entire spine, the shoulder blades, hips, knees, ankles, feet, elbows, and wrists to reset and receive good oxygenated blood.
When you put your body through that kind of a flow, you are rinsing out toxins from your organs and glands. Flowing through basic yoga progressions also opens up dormant neuro-pathways and promotes a healthier connection for your synapses helping out the entire sympathetic nervous system.
Every single person on this earth can benefit from a simple regression of these basic yoga fundamentals in one way or another. Whether it is mental clarity and a state of calmness that you receive from an elementary yoga flow, or that you breathe and explore how your body responds to certain healthy postures and benefit mechanically from unlocking certain movements in your body, we can all use it. I strongly encourage anyone and everyone, especially the more sedentary population all the way through to the highly active population to incorporate yoga in their weekly activities.
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