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What 20 Minutes Of Yoga Does For Your Brain

What 20 Minutes Of Yoga Does For Your Brain

Commented Jul 6, 2013 at 16:47:33 in Healthy Living

“You may be right about the study but are missing the point. Meditation is in fact yoga, raja yoga to be exact. You're confusing doing the poses with being "yoga". It is...hatha yoga. But yoga itself represents seven disciplines that overlap (hatha, raja, jnana, tantra, kundalini, bhakti and karma). Aside from doing yoga I have studied with a Zen Roshi (Eido Roshi). In one sense you are correct anything can be a source of meditation if you allow it to quiet the mind for you. But in the final point the last 5000 thousand years of yoga and the last 2500 years of Buddhist mediation which springs from the yoga (the Buddha -Siddharta Gautama-was a yoga practitioner) should tell you something about its efficacy. The fact the we in the West have trouble explaining or even speaking about it in a way that seems clear to US doesn't mean it doesn't work only that our vocabulary and by extension our conceptualization is poor. This is one of the first things you do in fact learn in meditation...words fail..it must be directly experienced.”
What 20 Minutes Of Yoga Does For Your Brain

What 20 Minutes Of Yoga Does For Your Brain

Commented Jul 6, 2013 at 16:30:26 in Healthy Living

“From a physical training perspective you use more muscle groups in yoga, its isotonic so you build resistance strength, stamina is involved as is balance and core. There is also an aerobic part to yoga as the back bending poses raise your heart rate. Combined with the breathing and meditation portions yoga is a more comprehensive practice overall for the body and mind.”
What 20 Minutes Of Yoga Does For Your Brain

What 20 Minutes Of Yoga Does For Your Brain

Commented Jul 6, 2013 at 16:26:22 in Healthy Living

“More importantly why are you angry about it?”
What 20 Minutes Of Yoga Does For Your Brain

What 20 Minutes Of Yoga Does For Your Brain

Commented Jul 6, 2013 at 16:25:01 in Healthy Living

“The eastern mysticism you refer to are the spiritual and religious aspects of three world religions all older than Christianity and Islam. You also have to understand that because of cultural and linguistic concerns their translations into English particularly are far from perfect as is the case with Biblical Hebrew which led to mis-translations to Biblical Greek and later in Latin...English is just a disaster. If you are having trouble understanding it I recommend you delve into the roots of it and remember the place of metaphor in all religions and how many things are expressed in this and an allegorical context. Like many Westerners you are probably being too literal. Its not that hard or alien really.”
What 20 Minutes Of Yoga Does For Your Brain

What 20 Minutes Of Yoga Does For Your Brain

Commented Jul 6, 2013 at 16:16:14 in Healthy Living

“Breathing is one of the key components of yoga. Technically called pranayama, it is made of a number of different breathing methods. Usually in a (hatha) yoga class the focus is on ujjayi breathing which is through the nose, both in and out in long, slow, and full breaths. There is usually a resonating sound made as this is done. this helps slow the mind and bring more oxygen to the lungs in a controlled manner.

As for the class being gentle, people underestimate the impact of yoga on the body as you tend to use both different muscle groups and familiar groups differently. As a result even an easy class can seem "hard". Also many people have weak cores and consequently yoga where core is essential can make even "fit" people seem weak and in fact they are. Keep practicing and you will get stronger.”

CJ1101 on Jul 31, 2013 at 09:29:43

“Tony - THANK YOU! After reading people's opinions throughout this entire feed, I am grateful for yours. It's refreshing to know that their are others who have taken the time to learn, understand and appreciate yoga as a great form exercise, but more importantly, a way to feel grounded and more self-aware. Most of the teachers I learn from teach yoga as a vehicle for meditation. The meditation is the root and yoga is one channel to calm the mind and center the body. Thank you, thank you, thank you! I enjoyed reading your posts!”