SOHMA Health Tip: Want to look good for summer? Looking good is a reflection of feeling good and being healthy. If you want your physique to improve, you have to get physical. Easier said than done – I know. The best way we have found to get people to exercise is to not call it that. Exercise is often boring. Instead, we recommend you “PLAY” your way to a new physical state of health. Do you like to dance, play ball, swim, hike, horse around, skip, throw a ball, play tag, garden? Pick any of these activities and have fun. Your body will begin to adapt and change with you. If you like the look of a particular physique such as a swimmer, volleyball player, rock climber, cyclist, etc., then start doing those things they do, and you’ll be amazed at how your body will begin to shape that way too. In physiology there is a principle that states: that the body will make specific adaptations to imposed demands. Meaning it will literally adapt to the demands you place on it. Once you get some momentum with your playful activities you’ll notice how good you feel and want to do more. Okay, you want to play, but don’t have time? Strange as it may seem, we all have the same 24 hours every single day. Put yourself first as a priority because no one else will. Take care of yourself, get out there and have fun! Your body, your friends, and your family will thank you.
The whole system of Yoga is built on three main structures: exercise, breathing, and meditation. The exercises of Yoga are designed to put pressure on the glandular systems of the body, thereby increasing its efficiency and total health. The body is looked upon as the primary instrument that enables us to work and evolve in the world, and so a Yoga student treats it with great care and respect. Breathing techniques are based on the concept that breath is the source of life in the body. The Yoga student gently increases breath control to improve the health and function of both body and mind. These two systems of exercise and breathing then prepare the body and mind for meditation, and the student finds an easy approach to a quiet mind that allows silence and healing from everyday stress. Regular daily practice of all three parts of this structure of Yoga produce a clear, bright mind and a strong, capable body.