Yoga bloopers!
Ho, where d’ya go?

Sheilas wanna lose weight and be like, “Hey Yoga teacher, can you please tell me what can I eat to reduce my weight?”

And I stare at them, judging them for never hearing the word fasting. That’s what you really wanna do ladies! Stop eating!

Funny how a lot of two dimensional women are anorexic and chubby (oops!) ones want to be prescribed a “DIET” to shed they handles. And then they would sweat, believing that sweat particles would siphon their year loads of body butter out in thin air. Too bad, some biology lessons were skipped..

Billions of dollars worth of weight loss industry is doing less than a lucid advice. But it’s an industry, so the existence depends on recurring customers. So no real weight loss, ever!

Future of yoga sessions, post COVID

The novel coronavirus or COVID-19 will now completely change the way yoga sessions are conducted. Due to extensive breathing involved in the practice of yoga, it’s best to maintain as much distance as possible from one another, and the best is to do it online. Many yoga schools have already begun to conduct online teacher training programs for their future teachers.

This, however, can be successfully accomplished in the right manner only if the instructions of the yoga teacher are concise and precise. Due to the large number of people joining online, it’s impractical for the teacher to keep an eye on all of the students in the video session as well as teach the session. This also requires the students to be totally attentive and be in the present moment during the class to ensure they’re practicing the right technique being taught.

So that amounts to practicing being in the present moment even more so!

Mental health during and post COVID-19

The direct effect of COVID-19 on social settings is that social settings have pretty much disappeared!

Billions of people around the world are now isolated within their homes, cities or provinces, having limited physical movement and reduced personal contact with their families and friends.

This can give rise to another problems of depression, suicidal tendencies and other unnamed mental health issues. The risk is especially high right now since, in many cases, these problems may go unnoticed due to lack of social feedback from others around us because of large scale isolation.

In these times, it has become extremely important to take responsibility of the state of your mind and not let it be on an auto-pilot! Just like we clean our body with soap and water and brush our teeth with a paste, it’s necessary that we clean our minds too.

Yoga practices help cleaning the mind in the most easy way possible. Of course, there is some effort required to start a practice, but once that it begins, it gradually becomes effortless and the mind achieves the peace and joy that it is longing for, searching for it in different avenues of sensory consumption.

Only a clean and relaxed mind can produce and execute great ideas of creativity and transformation.

Physical and emotional sensitivity with yoga

As one practices and becomes regular on the path of yoga, their sensitivity towards their physical surroundings increases. To be able to sense the quality of the food with just the first bite is a special, yet natural, gift that we all have, but due to certain lifestyle choices, this power diminishes.

Rekindling that energy within us requires discipline and faith – discipline in doing the practice and having full faith in it.

Our inevitable indulgence in electronic gadgets and an increased screen time can also wear out our emotional intelligence, reducing our listening capabilities and the people around us may feel that they’re talking to a wall!

Clarity in our own emotions is necessary to be able to understand someone else’s emotions. When we go deeper within ourselves with various yoga practices, this clarity dawns in us naturally.

Being sensitive does not mean being weak. The strength in our responses to the stimuli that we face comes from within and the longer we are in touch with our ‘self’, the better we are able to perform in the material world.

Nature psychosomatique des maladies

La plupart des maladies auxquelles les humains sont confrontés proviennent de l’esprit, où le stress et la dépression sont la principale cause de nombre d’entre elles.

Certains autres troubles étranges mais répandus comme l’anorexie et la boulimie sont un peu plus faciles à comprendre dans ce contexte. La phase de définition de la suralimentation comme boulimie survient lorsque la personne est incapable de se satisfaire de la quantité de nourriture qu’elle mange.

Cela les amène à manger beaucoup plus que d’habitude et à se purger puis à manger à nouveau. Leurs esprits continuent à chercher de la satisfaction dans la nourriture qu’ils mangent, mais ils ne se rendent pas compte que la nourriture, en tant qu’objet de sens, ne peut leur donner qu’une satisfaction limitée, quelle que soit la quantité qu’ils mangent.

La vraie satisfaction et le bonheur ne viennent que de l’intérieur, alors que l’objet des sens ne peut déclencher ces sentiments que temporairement. Une fois que l’esprit est établi dans le fait que pour être joyeux, il faut regarder à l’intérieur, alors tous ces troubles et maladies pertinentes sont à distance.

Freedom from likes and dislikes

Everyday, we are given many options to choose from – food, clothing, entertainment. We are fortunate to have such choices that are usually available at the click of a button.

And if we have strong likes and dislikes, deciding to choose one over the other can be time consuming and mentally engaging, usually without affecting the outcome much, even if chosen otherwise.

Progressing on the path of yoga can free us from the grip of likes and dislikes, however strong a hold they may have had on our mind. And in that state, we can choose to like a person, object, idea or situation at our own will. Having reached such a stage, we can free our time and mind for more important things that we want to achieve.

Many of us may have adapted certain food habits that do not lead to maintaining good health. But the likeness towards such a food item could be powerful enough to cloud our intellect and we choose to eat it still.

Learners often have a strong like or dislike for a particular subject and that, to a great extent, is directly affected by the quality of the teaching method and content…

…bluntly, the teacher.

Despite the possible cause of the craving or aversion, our mind can be instructed to be interested in a given topic, or to withdraw giving attention to it, if necessary.

That doesn’t mean that we stop enjoying our usual stimuli, rather, must continue to strive to make it even more appealing to the mind with newer choices.

We are anyway born free from any likes or dislikes and can go back to being the same through yoga practices, which too is a choice.

Balancing in duality

Anything and everything comes with a mixed bag of duality with it. As long as the a particular object gives us pleasure, we like it with all our heart and get attached to it, but as soon as the same thing gives us pain, we begin to hate it and want to get rid of it.

And it’s the same situation with each and every object or person we’ve come across.

We may have a great body, but sometimes the body is healthy, other times it may be sick.

If we have a luxurious car, we can enjoy it’s functionalities, but we are also worried if it would get stolen or bumped into.

The effect of duality on the mind can be tough to deal with and even more so if the attachment or aversion is strong.

Practicing yoga brings the mind on to that edge of a razor sharp blade, where the mind is neither tilted towards getting over-excited when something goes well nor does is it upset if something breaks down.

And the mind is rejoicing every moment with wonder.

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