As pleasure-seeking creatures, most of us can agree we avoid pain in any way we can. Sometimes we find a vice that numbs us for a while; alternatively, we can search for positive outlets that bring long-lasting results, pleasure, and joy. As entrepreneurs we cannot ignore the pain and stress that affect our bodies, minds, and souls because it impacts our careers. I encourage you to practice Yoga as a pain reliever and strengthening tool so you can become the best version of yourself for your family, friends, employees, and clients.
While exploring dictionary.com I discovered that the meaning of the word Yoga can be summed up as the union of yourself with the higher being. Yoga unites your body, mind, and spirit to improve your overall self and correct anything that is out-of-tune. Our western world tends to use yoga solely for exercise purposes but I invite you to explore every aspect of this activity which, if activated properly, can positively impact your perspective of people and the world.
Yoga and the breathe
It all starts with breathing. A physical change begins the moment you connect with your breath. You give permission to let go, which slows the world down and clears away anything that doesn’t serve you.
As you train your body to breathe and relax under harsh conditions you are resetting your mind to quieten the chatter. This makes room for mental, emotional, and spiritual exploration. But it isn’t so easy to clear the mind. The chatter that goes on in your head can be frustrating and loud as you attempt to make sense of a recent business deal or sort out an abrupt schedule change. Becoming aware of the internal voice is key to taming the beast. Every time a thought comes into your mind, go ahead and accept it, then redirect your mind back to breathing in and out deeply. Put all your focus on the path the air travels to the depths of your lungs and back. Your physiology changes when you do this and steers you towards calmness. Breathing in this manner is vital in the pain and stress relieving process.
Yoga and the pose
Why does Yoga ask you to get into awkward poses that puts you on the fine line of pain and pleasure? Being uncomfortable sends a stress signal to the brain. Yoga asks us to focus on something simple and breathe deeply to slow the heart rate down, which tells the brain to stop freaking out and relax. The breathing exercises during uncomfortable positions is “stress in a controlled environment,” giving you the opportunity to train your mind to react appropriately to stress, rather than overreact and feel the pain of regret and consequence. This is difficult to accomplish initially, but with commitment and perseverance you will find that space where you can relax even in the most challenging positions.
Nothing in life is permanent and neither is an uncomfortable yoga pose; however if you stick to your practice you will experience the sense of accomplishment and victory when you finally master that pose that has frustrated you for so long. When that happens it proves to you that anything you want out of life is possible when mixed with a dose of patience. The idea of possibility manifests positive thinking and kind deeds which brings good karma, the spiritual idea that positive thoughts and actions bring about pleasurable situations while negative thoughts and actions are self-destructive. In other words, what goes around comes around. Applying the law of karma to your business values will keep you moving forward on the pleasure path.
Yoga and your body
Another reason people practice yoga is to alleviate or eliminate pain. The formula pose + breath + focus improves circulation and range of motion while strengthening and stretching the muscles to help align the spine, heal the body and drastically reduce your risk for future injuries. The most common reasons people in North America practice yoga are to build strength, relieve stress, lose weight and improve flexibility because they want to move towards pleasure and avoid the pain that comes with the tension of the mind, extra weight and the lack of muscle mass or range of motion.
For those of you who feel and look older than you are, yoga is a magnificent way to reverse the aging process and improve your quality of life. As you work your muscles you also work your cardiovascular system. The heart and lung workout that yoga provides will help prevent stroke and heart attack.
As you can see Yoga is like medicine for almost any ailment of the body, mind and soul. It draws you to the good things in life but still reminds you that pain is inevitable and if you harness your pose, breath and your focus, you can rise above it, on and off your yoga mat.
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by Julie Kerr | www.survivalofthefitt.com