USE THE WHOLE BODY
Unlike traditional athletic conditioning which is used to strengthen specific groups of muscles, a varied yoga practice can develop the body’s more under utilised muscles. There is a common school of thought that if you want to get faster and stronger you need to develop dominant muscle groups however this can create a physically imbalanced body.
Out of balanced bodies is a very common phenomenon in most people, particularly those who are practicing one particular sport (cycling, running, etc). This is because that person is creating an unhealthy stress on one or several areas of their bodies, rather than working on the WHOLE body to create a balanced strength. Yoga can help redistribute this balance by working on the whole body.
YOUR PRACTICE,NO STRESS!
A good yoga class will focus on weight-bearing exercises such as Plank Pose and Tree, but will combine this with focussing on building on strength, flexibility and suppleness without causing the body any stress. Build on your ability each week. Push yourself to a certain extent but within the realms of what feels right for you today and your body.
This is YOUR practice, so eventually your focus does centre itself within your own physically being
and you become less focussed on what you think you should be doing.
You start to listen to what’s happening within YOU. If you haven’t had any regular exercise in ages, do not fear! Yoga is an amazing medium to get back into working your body, and bringing it back to life. There is a simple well known saying that says: “Use it or lose it”. If we don’t use our muscles for long periods of time, they will shrink and waste.
We need to apply a regular amount of healthy stress on our bones or our bone mass will decrease.
Think of someone older who you know who’s shrunk recently or can only stand up with a hunch….
IS IT TIME TO LISTEN TO WHAT YOUR BODY IS SAYING?