Focus Is The Name Of The Game

By Daphne Chen ॐ

In the beginning I was really excited that I was seeing results so quickly week after week that it was encouraging and motivating to keep it going. But as I worked my physical body, sweating out pails of water in each class in the forty degrees Celsius hot room, I was gradually fine-tuning my awareness of my surrounding because I was no longer as distracted with the poses like I did on my first few classes.

Eventually, it came so naturally to me like breathing. 26 postures is not hard to remember if you do it continually for a whole month.That's where the real test began. I needed to start working inwards and clear my thoughts as there were lesser and lesser things I needed to remember about the pose and I was just going at it with ease and flow. I was stepping on the brink of the "danger zone" of going into auto-pilot mode where I would carelessly allow my body to move according to what the "muscle memory" remembers.

That is a big trap that flexible people get into when it starts to become "too easy" for them. Your mind starts to wander off and you are literally doing a "pose". You lose that body and mind connection once you stop telling it what to do with deliberate intent. Typically, a pose requires your full attention 120% or even more. (So if you fall short, you are still close to 100%) That is the only way to reap the full benefits of the practice.

"Monkey see, monkey do" attitude and mindset won't get you anywhere. You see people practicing for years and years and still standing on the same spot, thinking on default, just simply doing the pose over and over again. Their back pains or knee injuries never seems to go away or subside. The instruction goes in from one ear and leaves from the other one, the minute they step out of the room. They never do hold in the stomachs, flex the respective muscles with intent and so toning up doesn't exist in their dictionary. They remain in the exact same shape they came in six months ago.

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Choosing the Right Yoga Equipment

By Tara Paul ॐ

At some point in our lives, we've all made the conscious decision to be more healthy and fit, and one of the ways of doing that is through yoga. This ancient physical, mental, and spiritual practice which originated in India has grown in popularity over the years with a large following. Practicing yoga is a great way to meditate and get a lean, toned body.
Now before you rush off to sign up for a class, there are a few things you should know about buying exercise equipment for yoga. It's not just loose clothes and colourful mats you'll need, there are quite a few yoga essentials that, depending on skill level, various yogis use in a class.

Yoga mats or sticky mats are made of various materials, thickness and lengths. The bigger and thicker they are, the more money you'll need to spend. Mats are most commonly made with PVC or rubber, to offer a better grip. Lots of ultimate mats are coated with polyurethane provide a persevering grip during the sweatiest of routines. However, natural mats made of Jute or organic, recycled materials are generally comfier, especially for seated positions and less vigorous forms of practice.

The thickness of your yoga mat will determine how comfortable it is, if it's too thin, your knees will suffer during surya namaskara. On the other hand, a mat that is too thick can make it harder for you to balance. A standard yoga mat is about 1/8 inch thick, while the thickest can go up to 1/4 inch. There are also slim, travel yoga mats that are a mere 1/16-inch thick. They don't weigh much, making them a great option for travelling. A good mat is essential and it will be with you during your practice for years, so look for a mat with a decent amount of cushion and one that you'll feel comfortable to practice with.

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