Breathing is a very crucial part of any yoga practice because it inspires and promotes your wellbeing while controlling your body’s life energy (Prana). Controlling your breath and using it appropriately with yoga poses and movements is regarded as one way for you to bring more oxygen to your brain, stimulate wellness and create a sense of balance as you practice.
You may already know all about yoga benefits. It is incredible for increasing flexibility, toning muscles, relieving stress and much more. But to get all these benefits you need to be self-disciplined and committed to your practice. Here are some of the things you shouldn’t do in a yoga session.
Practicing yoga regularly has many benefits including increasing the sense of your well being. However, sometimes the hectic life and busy schedules can get in the way of your usual yoga practice. It’s common to find yourself having an excuse or postponing a session, but it’s extremely important to be self-disciplined and stick to your class plans instead of abandoning it completely. Do you find yourself making some common excuses to avoid doing yoga? Read on and you will find out ways of overcoming them.
It was beautiful Saturday morning and the sun was shining so bright. The birds kept singing their beautiful songs and yes, I felt alive. The most surprising thing is that I was thinking about my first yoga session via skype. Who wouldn’t be thinking about it, especially now that it was my first time? Well I have done yoga before, but the thought of doing it all by myself while the instructor is at another place kept getting me excited. How will it be? Will it feel like any other yoga session? Will I be self-disciplined enough to complete the session? Will there be any interruptions?
Now that you are a yogi, you most certainly know how much mental and physical discipline is involved. You also know how the outcome yields worthwhile, crucial and lasting results. Your yoga practice improves the energy flow in your body, boosts your physical strength, and that is just the beginning.
Since the first time I practiced power yoga, I just loved it. However, you shouldn’t take my word for it! I mean no one should. You need to prove to yourself because I believe that the best way to demonstrate the value of something is by seeing it work for yourself.
All this issues, and more, are being addressed by some organizations but these people still need our help in one way or the other. We intend to make a new building for young boys and girls where they can live and learn. It is currently in an awful state of disrepair with a leaking tin roof, a small kitchen with only a charcoal fireplace and a tiny school with a dirt floor, at a 4-6% sloped angle, that is used for all classes and extra-curricular activities.
Life in a developing country like Kenya is never easy especially if you live in one of the slums in a city. Nairobi is Kenya’s capital city and on one of its edge is a slum known as Kibera. There are about one million slum dwellers in 2.5 square kilometers area. Approximately 75% of this population are under 18 years old and over 100,000 kids who live in Kibera are orphaned.
I feel blessed to live in a country with massive yoga talent even though not many people practice AcroYoga. It’s not that there are no centers for practicing this exciting workout, it’s the fear in people. I used to think that there are special people who should practice AcroYoga until the day my yoga instructor suggested we try it out after one of the weekly yoga session.
The instructor mentioned that the key component to successful flying is the willingness and ability to relax as you relinquish control to your base. He also said that yoga is taught primarily as a singular practice and that’s why shifting that paradigm to a partner based practice requires a lot of trust and mental clarity. I knew that I have to trust my partner, even though I didn’t know them personally and trust myself too. This was important because in AcroYoga, you have to let go and embrace this newness and challenge that is so rewarding.
Since I showed up without a partner, I knew it was time for me to meet a new friend, if not many, and trust them. Isn’t that what the yoga community is all about? My heart was open and it was exciting even before we could start our practice.