Yoga, breathing and relaxation

The body and mind need sometimes a break from the daily grind. In order to be able to live most harmoniously, you have to pay more attention on increasing awareness, the right focus and proper breathing. You must fix his gaze inward.

Awareness, focus and breath are three characteristics that blend into each other. If you've read the articles about perception , correct breathing and quantum mechanics , you understand that these three characteristics affect a greater whole. And when you understand this, it will be easier for you to achieve your goals, while simpler tackle the demands of society.

Life can be a stressful experience, and if you do not listen to your own needs, you will be forced to retire. Increased stress and more frequent disease is the body's way to speak out about the need to shift down a few notches, and change focus.

The following article is written by Berit Ostby and was first published in 1996.

Yoga, breathing and relaxation
Berit Ostby, 64, has been practicing yoga for half of them and had students in third. Otherwise she degree in folklore studies. She also likes to call himself a poet.

One of the reasons that stress and stress disorders are prevalent in the West, can be found in our tendency to turn their attention outward. We ran off and think first not of our physical and mental condition before we will have. In yoga, as in other eastern sports, has attention inward.

This is an unusual occurrence for us, and one could say it is alien to our culture. I prefer to call it complementary: It fills a void.

For you to understand what I am talking about, I ask you now to keep the attention of your index finger or your hand (the one you use most). Can you feel it? Do not give up right away.

In yoga we practice to hold and move your attention to our body. We're on a blanket on the floor and concentrate on each area. Next step is to learn to breathe deeper and quieter. In a basic breathing exercise direct our attention to breathing to utilize lung volume better, so we did as young children. Later, most of us bound breath and satisfied with a superficial stress breathing.

Breathing and relaxation are mutually dependent. As we become more aware of your body and breath, we are ready to relax.

We breathe deeply. On exhalation we send awareness of the body. We know at any tensions and tells about relaxation.

In the introspective attention is that we listen to the signals your body gives us. There are no questions about the performance or competition. What matters is the impact of each one, and it felt at all levels. The movements performed slowly, by respiration rate, and pain and fatigue limit is respected. Thus injury almost ruled out.

Instead, attention could we say consciousness. From a Western point of view sees yoga primary purpose seems to be a rehabilitation of consciousness. But consciousness is a difficult concept in the West. For science is the problem because it is subjective, it can not be tested and verified by experiments.

Yet awareness is an irrefutable fact, and maybe it will contribute to an expansion of the science concept. The American physician Larry Dossey looking forward to it when he says: Consciousness is medical science's forgotten dimension.

Also another realization we are trying to reach, which has a long history in Eastern cultures. We have opened the eyes of a whole and a connection between body and soul through the discovery of a number of psychosomatic disorders. In the East people have dualism never gained access. Thus it is natural breathing, which is little-known in the West, has a central place in Eastern philosophy. Breathing is distinctly psychosomatic.

Despite the theoretical difficulties going research on the effects of yoga in many places in the world today. In India has been conducting a national research laboratory. In England, The Biomedical Trust work with yoga since 1983. One is in the process of research, experiment, therapy and information, and medical training for yoga teachers.

Among the documented effects of yoga include reduction of blood pressure, improvement of muscular-skeletal disorders and relief of many stress-related ailments.

Yoga is excellent for health care, hospitals and schools. Yoga is free and requires no equipment. Yoga is preventive and curative. Risk and negative side effects are nil. We not only avoid injury, but consistently build up health. Yoga is positive and optimistic, stressing that we can make even the most for our health and wellbeing.

About doctors and staff did not even learn yoga, they can make patients aware of the beneficial effects of yoga. They can inspire patients to seek teacher or literature on yoga. In a time of queues in front of doctors and hospitals yoga can have a major task with its healthy self-care.

Berit Ostby

Eight advice for a good life:

Do not tie yourself to someone before it's too late (but make sure to have grandchildren)
Do not listen to black artists (doctors and meteorologists, insurers and adults)
Have a solid future perspectives: human development
Behind bread
Pick wild berries
Do not decide what you want to be
Do what you want (remember you are an artist)
Be happy!

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