Think you do not have the time for your Yoga practice? Go ahead and read to know why it is extremely important to include your Yoga practice, especially in the busiest of your schedule.
As a full time Yoga trainer, my daily schedule gets me running around various Yoga studios as well as personal sessions. This leaves me with very less time and energy to invest for my self-practice, which of course is most important for me. It is highly essential for me to recharge my body and give back to my body, mind and spirit.
To practice Yoga is a novel and therapeutic concept in today’s modern lives. On the surface, yoga may seem to be an uneventful activity for most of you, but if you are able to tune in, you will be able to witness a series of fascinating changes occurring in the layers beneath the skin. It is a practice that offers you a chance to turn inward and experience stillness, patience and non-reactivity that is innate in all of us.
Not convinced yet? Well, just a couple of reasons why your Yoga practice is important!
Holding the asana poses will help you restore the range of motion of your muscles by lengthening them. Believe it or not, at the end of a Yoga session, the feeling you get is equivalent to that of a massage. And how? Holding a couple of breath in each pose, you would be able to sense the tissues being stretched, squeezed, twisted and compressed. Yoga also helps us become more resilient to stress. Though a couple of you may beg to differ that holding poses may cause anxiety. On the contrary to this, approaching this with tenderness, the body acclimates to the new changes and thus helping you manage stress with more grace.
As you get deeper into your practice and your breath significantly slows down, you start moving into the para sympathetic or the relaxation mode. This is precisely when the internal organs start working on their to-do-list like digestion, absorption, healing and elimination. The Yoga practice gives you more time. When you allow yourself to stay in the present, time opens up. Deadlines, commitments and other stress seem to fade away in the background, giving you more time for rest and renewal. It provides an opportunity to nurture, calm and soothe your mind as it is a form of self-care when you try to meet the unique needs of your body in each asana.
Our bodies store all forms of emotions and it is obvious for these emotions to rise up during our Yoga practice. But a daily and dedicated practice teaches us to be gentle, patient and non-reactive. Most of our lives are extremely active giving us very little or no time to foster the quiet, introspective side. Overtime, this can be physically, emotionally and mentally draining. When we create opportunities for physical stillness through our practice, is when we create the perfect conditions for our brain to become clear!
So go ahead and include the practice in your schedule