Balance and fitness go hand-in-hand. Try to balance one one foot with your eyes closed: it suddenly becomes more difficult to stay steady as you attempt to recruit the muscles needed in the effort not to waver or fall. Your brain is ‘at attention,’ sending signals to achieve the proper positioning to maintain your balance. This unconscious knowledge of where, for example, your limbs are, at a given time and space is called ‘proprioception.’
DALY: disability adjusted life years and HALE: health adjusted life expectancy. The report on global Health Burden notes that global human lifespan has greatly increased and infectious and contagious diseases are no longer in the top 10 diseases causing death.
This increase in lifespan has brought with it other health concerns.
‘Old age’ is becoming characterized by chronic pain and disability.
Breathing techniques can be a powerful tool to deal with chronic pain
Mindful breathing exercises are a powerful set of tools for anxiety, sleeplessness, and a host of mind-body challenges. Breathing control is voluntary and carefully chosen breathing sequences can make breaths very challenging or very relaxing. Challenging breaths can help focus the brain and relaxing breaths can help recover from stress of not only the mind but also the body.
What do we pursue when our actions are not driven by the need to feed, clothe and shelter or hold on to a job? One does not need to think deeply about this question. One only needs to check on what we do when we have spare time and what we do on our vacations. How do we fill up our spare time? What our fantasies and realities?
To live an active life and to fulfill one’s own purpose in life one needs a “healthy body”, “a healthy brain” and “a healthy mind”. What does one mean by these three phrases. Below are some thoughts on a “healthy body”, “a healthy brain” and “a healthy mind.”
In developed countries a large majority of illnesses are now related to lifestyle choices (some forms of diabetes, heart disease, lung disease, kidney failure…) as opposed to resource-limited illnesses (malaria, cholera, smallpox). While lifestyle choices may appear to be under our control, in reality they are very difficult to wrestle. One may argue that contagious diseases are easier to eliminate, once the appropriate vaccine, sanitation or drug is created and administered. Lifestyle illnesses are nearly impossible to control unless the mind is involved and evolved.
Some of us are fortunate to be naturally self-aware or maybe we have learned the ability of self-observation through our families or cultural influence. But, for most of us, learning skills of self-observation requires training, just as becoming proficient at mathematics or foreign languages requires training.
RussaYog draws from the ancient tradition of yoga and adds a rope to enhance the centuries-old practice of yoga asans.
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