Friday, March 9, 2012

Guest Blogger: Kristen Wells on Ashtanga Yoga

Ashtanga Yoga: Relax and Find More Peace

Life can be crazy and stressful sometimes, but there are definitely things that you can do to make it better. Finding a way to relax at the end of the day, during the day or anytime you have a break, is crucial for your sanity. This is one of the reasons why Ashtanga Yoga is such a great thing. It is a way to take a breath of fresh air and rejuvenate yourself after a long stressful day. People who do yoga regularly are generally healthier, have lower levels of stress, and are better able to handle the ups and downs of everyday life than those who don't practice it at all.

Ashtanga Yoga is based upon the eight main limbs of yoga which include such things as breath control, meditation, and posture. To correctly do Ashtanga Yoga all eight limbs must be utilized during practice. Modern yoga focuses more upon the poses, breath work, and postures, which provides a good general sense of what Ashtanga Yoga is all about. As you are stimulating your muscles, bones, and organs through exercise, you are also breathing slowly and deeply, which helps center you and provides meditative benefits.

This mind-body connection helps us understand the feelings that are present in our mind and bodies when they are working together. Often during busy parts of life it is normal to shut out some of the senses. You no longer realize when you are feeling overwhelmed, tired or sad, because you are not in tune with what is happening in your mind and body. Putting these things together helps you gain awareness of both parts, so that you can eventually learn how to separate them better when you need to.

Escaping your worries for an hour a day can make a big difference in your overall stress and anxiety level. Doing Ashtanga Yoga once per week can help you gain benefits, but it is more helpful to do it three to five times per week for optimal stress and anxiety benefits to your health and wellness. Yoga could assist patients diagnosed with cancers such as Sarcomatoid Mesothelioma as a complementary treatment. Benefits of yoga stem from the practice’s concentration on ethical standards, dietary choices, physical movements, and meditation. Implementing these practices into daily life could lead to an overall improved sense of well being in those suffering from chronic conditions, cancers, and illnesses.

Kristin Wells is a recent college graduate from The University of Georgia and an aspiring writer. She wants to make a difference in people's lives through her writing. Kristin also likes competitive cycling, running, and traveling as much as possible.

2 comments:

  1. This is an informative article. Great to hear about Ashtanga yoga styles after a long time. To perform asana correctly in Ashtanga yoga , one must incorporate the use of vinyasa and tristhana. "Vinyasa means breathing and movement system”.

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