(Slim with Yoga)
Slim Down with Yoga
Yoga has its seeds in
the beginning of time, yet it still continues to evolve. It is a live,
breathing art, inspired from the depths of nature. Astanga is a unique
form of physical yoga that places emphasis on the flowing energy of breath,
body and mind to cultivate an inner core strength. Its primary instrument
the body, which is led
through a sequence of yoga postures (asanas). The following pages form
an ideal introduction for newcomers to the subject, and
will help to deepen the
awareness of anyone who is already practising. more....
You can buy and take
all the supplements you can afford. You can have the best workout imaginable.
You can get just the right amount of sleep. But if your mental game is
off, you'll get only a fraction of the results you'll get when your brain
and body are in sync.
Far too many bodybuilders
lack mental strategies and direction for their training time and energy.
They want to "train hard" or "get big" or "get ripped" or "lean down" or
"get strong" or whatever. But when asked how they are going to achieve
those goals, many are clueless. They'll work out harder, longer, or more
intensely, or follow the latest stars' routines, or try the latest supplement
they see hyped up in magazines, or do anything else they think will give
them the edge and get them to their goal as quickly as possible.
They are like little
robots with only a few instructions to follow— "Must train harder," "Must
get bigger and stronger"—and they arrange their lives and schedules so
that week after week they do the same things over and over that they believe
they must do to reach those goals.
But it never ends. The
majority of them never quite reach that goal— some because of wrong training
and nutrition, and the majority because of their genetic limitations—and
they get more frustrated at the lack of progress and push their bodies
until their bodies just say, "I've had enough of this nonsense: time for
an injury." Kaboom! more....
The basic principle of
nutrition, from the yoga perspective, is to eat small quantities of high
quality foods. The high quality foods are those which promote the life
force of the body without producing toxins. The recommended foods are fruits,
vegetables, whole grains and nuts. more....
During an experience
of meditation we are calm, focused, happy and loving. We let go of the
burden of ourselves and enter into a wider state of consciousness, awakening
ourselves through practices such as yoga asanas and pranayama.
Having achieved this
wonderful state, we can then learn to transfer the attitudes and awareness
it fosters to all our interactions, and to maintain them in everyday situations,
regardless of what is happening around us. The practice of meditation increases
our awareness of ourselves and of how we relate to the rest of creation,
and enables us to live fully in each moment with contentment, serenity
It is possible, through
the regular practice of meditation, to transform the quality of our lives
totally. Many of us live constantly with the stress that arises from an
overload of negativity. Meditation can free us from this, to find peace
we never thought possible. more....