Most prevailing question. Is yoga necessary in our day-to-day life?
Well, if you are here, you might be in the same state of mind as I was months back. But don’t worry I think I have an answer to this question. Practicing yoga is considered a continuous process that results in strength, flexibility and mindfulness.
If I were to define yoga, how would I?
As an individual who is in the same state as you are, and who is browsing to find the one website which says yoga is not necessary for our day-to-day life I would define yoga as just a form of exercise. Even though I know the benefits I choose to ignore them because of my laziness to spend time on something which is considered more valuable by others but I don’t.
Does it improve our strength and flexibility?
Now that I don’t know anything about the benefits, I asked a few of my friends who practice yoga regularly, they said that it is a long-term process, and with consistency, one can feel the changes, improvement in strength and they were more flexible than they were earlier. Well, now I guess that it has some good benefits for our well-being.
Now that we know about the benefits, what is mindfulness in yoga?
In simple terms, mindfulness is defined as a state of being consciously aware of something. What is mindfulness in yoga? Mindfulness in yoga is the state of being consciously aware of the asanas and their benefits. But this isn’t how it is defined. Mindfulness in yoga is the state where we neither relax nor empty our mind, instead, we remain as the observer of emotions and thoughts without the need to get involved. I hope you didn’t understand, neither do I. Let us skip to the next part.
Listing out the things which we acquired in the above passages.
- What is yoga?
- What are the benefits of yoga?
- What is mindfulness in yoga?
Yes, so far, we learned something about yoga. Now just consider you are interested after knowing the benefits. As a beginner where should you start?
Yoga for beginners. Certain asanas are specifically designed for beginners. By practicing those asanas, you train your body for doing the difficult poses, but remember one thing, you can see changes only with consistency. We all tend to do that; we do exercise for a day and check our weight to see the changes. So just trust the process and begin.
Have you heard of the term “Yoga Nidra”?
Yoga Nidra is also called yogic sleep. It’s the state of consciousness between waking and sleeping, in simple time the state when we are going to sleep. This is a state where the body becomes completely relaxed and the person who is practicing becomes aware of the inner world by following the instructions. For example, in some stressful situations, people around us will ask us to close our eyes and to take a deep breath and relax. That is what exactly yoga Nidra is.
Here don’t confuse with meditation. Meditation is when we concentrate on one thing, which is different from yogic sleep. And also, while meditation we all sit in a posture and meditate, in yoga Nidra we all lie down. Isn’t that interesting to know that being in a deep state of relaxation with awareness?
What is “Sankalpa”?
It is also a term that is associated with yoga Nidra. Sankalpa means intention or resolution. And this is also considered as a seed of growth.
How does it help with growth?
Well, this is how it works. First, we take Sankalpa in our conscious mind. Now while doing yoga Nidra slowly moves our intention and resolution into our subconscious mind. And as we all sub-conscious mind is more powerful, we work what our subconscious tells us, and that’s how it helps in our growth.
For example, sometimes we might wish to do something for our loved ones, but in the Sankalpa, you do what you wished to.
I wish I was loved. In Sankalpa – I am loving and loved.
And knowing the difference between wants and needs makes a major change in the way we practice Sankalpa. Wants are basic, whereas the need is a desire for fulfillment.
You can practice Sankalpa in your day-to-day life. For instance, just write down your intentions or resolutions and add a personal element to them, and considered you achieved what you intended for, those will be moved to your subconscious mind and eventually, you will start working on your intentions and achieve what you intended. If you decide to practice, I wish you a stroke of good luck.
Back to the first question. Is yoga necessary in our day-to-day lives?
The answer is completely personal. You will have to decide for yourself whether you want to practice yoga or not. It is necessary to know about the benefits and to decide. Knowing all the benefits if you ask me if I would practice yoga, my answer would be no, not because I don’t have time but because I feel lazy to invest in something good for my well-being. But one day I surely will start practicing yoga.