The Nature Of Yoga Is To Shine The Light Of Awareness Into The Darkest Corners Of Our Body…

There could not be a better description regards rehabilitation process as outcome of a regular Yoga practice into the body as per the above words of wisdom from Jason Crandell.


Our body is alike to a compound in chemistry.
Everything starts combining and makes a center hole.


The human body is made up of roughly 100 trillion cells. 


Is amazing how everything begins as as only 2 newly cells.


The cell consist of 3 parts:


• membrane: creates the boundary between the internal and external enviroment composed by nucleus and cytoplasm.


• nucleus: contains genetic instructions and nutrients required by the cell.

• cytoplasm: contains the structures needed for cell function

Once the nutrients penetrates the membrane, they are metabolized or processed into energy just as in chemistry a substance of atoms or ions of two or more different elements in definite proportions, would be joined by chemical bonds into a molecule.

In the case of our cells it is unavoidable that all metabolic activity turns into waste.



Therefore, any impairment to a cell’s ability to let nutrients in or let waste out, will provide results in death by starvation or toxicity.
In Yoga we call this Prana and Apana.

Prana: nourishes a living thing, also the action that brings the nourishment in.

Pra means before
an means to breathe, blow and live

To synthesize in yoga it refers to the functional life processes of a single entity, which is a term used to designate manifestation of all creative Life Force.

Prana is the Sanskrit word for Life Force; in yoga, indian medicine, and martial arts.

The terms refers to a cosmic energy believed to come from the Sun and connecting the elements of the Universe.

Prana represents the universal principle of energy or force, being responsible for the body’s life, heat and maintenance.

Now lets talk about  boundaries…
In Yoga we complement  this action through Apana

Apana: refers to a waste that is being eliminated as way as the action of elimination.

Apa: means away or down

With this brief explanation regards our body cells, it might be easier to interpret that boundaries are required in life and that the process of rehabilitation exist. 

Now lets talk about our brain in Yoga:
Our brain transmits information through our nerve cells. When there are low levels of a neurotransmitter known as GABA we become vulnerable to depression and anxiety.
There are studies relating increase in GABA levels after beginning and keeping a regular yoga practice.
Now lets talk about Breath and our Brain:
When neurons found in the brain stem, transmit communication to our spinal cord initiated by the action of inhalation; our diaphragm contracts.

 Our spinal cord transmit communication to our digestion and heart rate in addition to our breathing as well.
During Yoga we learn how to synchronize our breath and constant movement, therefore decreases the probability of mental and physical imbalance due to the brain stem and cerebellum short distance location.

The cerebellum controls balance, muscle coordination, reflexes and movement.
The Cerebrum is known to shelter our conscious functioning divided by two hemispheres one that controls our left side of the body and the other controls our right side.

The Frontal lobe hubs planning, discriminating, abstract thinking, our personality, therefore our behavior. 

During Yoga we can purify our frontal brain through the breathing practice of Kappalabhati with the outcome of brain rejuvenation.

There is a Prefrontal Cortex protecting our frontal lobe, which rules capacities such as concentration, happiness, creativity and rational thinking.

During Yoga you can meditate and meditation strengthens communication between prefrontal cortex and other areas of the brain.

Now lets talk about our Endocrine System our master gland which produces and releases hormones that control growth, metabolism and the function of other hormones.

We call in Yoga this Pituitary gland as our Command Center, in Military our brain’s Headquarter’s.

This pea size gland is related to our sixth chakra known as Ajna “the third eye”

Another important part of our Brain that should be sheltered and nurtured is the Limbic system.

This other area affects our: 

Our Memories

Our Emotions

Our Fears 

The reason is because is ruled by the hippocampus, amygdala, thalamus and hypothalamus.
Based on a study in 2010 it was found that subjects that meditated 30 minutes a day for eight weeks had a reduction of grey matter in the Amygdala. 

The Amygdala is the area linked to anxiety and an increase in grey matter in the hippocampus affects our memory formation.

Our auditory and visual perceptions activate the ability to process verbal asanas or postures during a Yoga practice.

 For this to happen there is Occipital Lobe (primary visual processing center of the brain) and a Temporal Lobe for being able to process the alignment cues of each posture verbalized by a Yoga Instructor, so be grateful to both.

I’m aware that all this scientific explanation might not be enough to answer many concerns or questions regards Yoga and Meditation.

But if we don’t take care of our Brain and our Body properly, we let our selves become vulnerable to imminent state of darkness.

Ask yourself…

Is that how I want to leave the rest of my Life?

or Do I want to love myself more, step up to the plate and begin a new journey of health, peace, love and happiness? 

Remember that is our choice whether establish and maintain boundaries as well as accept when we are wrong willing to repair any left damage as outcome.

A good start with this is to modify, the way we take judment and to turn it into improvement, starting with ourselves.

Our society promotes never ending competence and the closest to reach perfection. 

This type of social media pressure triggers anxiety and even passive aggressive behavior in people, dimming our light covered by shadows that once control our emotions, manifest presence to our physical body through several disseases or conditions that consumes our quality of life and happiness.

All people are born with different constitutions.

The practice of Yoga provides the practicioner the tools to purge ourselves, by making peace with our imperfections, before finding faults in another.

Never compare with others.

Each one’s capacities are a function of our internal strength. We are all gifted. 

Starting with out gift to wake up every morning to a new day. 

Just for that we should be grateful. 

Take note of your capacities and work to improve upon them. Those are your gifts.

Yoga practice shines light into every corner of our body, every emotional imbalance, every physical muscle fiber, every cell and blood vessel. 

In Yoga we create awareness of our breath, we learn to protect it and use it as a great health tool, we learn to synchronize breath and movement, we learn strengthen, and release the physical body, and it invigorates, strengthens, and lightens the emotions, by unloading our emotions providing internal space to self-reset.

Last but not least:

“We join spokes together in a wheel, but it is the center hole that makes the wagon move.We shape clay into a pot, but it is the emptiness inside that holds whatever we want. We hammer wood for a house, but it is the inner space that makes it livable. We work with being, but non-being is what we use.”

(Lao Tzu)

Namaste

Author

Glenda Lee Santos; Humble Military and Yoga Warrior;  RYT-200 hrs; Criminal Justice, BA; Holistic Practicioner with Foundation in Yoga and Ayurveda.

Courtesy of Semperlee Yoga Corp.

References:

Yoga Anatomy/ Leslie Karminoff , Amy Mathews (2nd ed.)2012.

Journey Into Power/ Baron Baptiste ( Fireside ed. )2003.

Smithonian Human, The Definitive Visual Guide/Robert Winston, Dr. Don E Wilson

Owning Your Own Shadow: Understanding the Dark Side of The Psyche by Robert A. Johnson


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