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29 Sep 2014

The Importance of Yoga in Today's Crazy World


Today’s world, whether you’re a housewife or a college kid, is frenetic. There’s no two ways about it. Everything we do requires us to be in a constant state of rushing around. Time is of essence more often than not and we tell ourselves that we would do a certain thing only if we had more time.  Yoga on the other hand, handed down through centuries when time had a completely different meaning, can teach us a thing or two about how to deal with the monster called time.

How will yoga benefit your life?

Slow activity
– I’m not talking about power yoga here, but the yoga in its pure form of slower stretches and breathing. A lot of people shun the idea of ever doing yoga because it is slow. In fact, I know a couple of people who actually did one class and left because they got bored with the pace. But in today’s world, where life is flying by us and we barely seem to keep up, does all activity need to be frenetic too?


We have already established that exercise helps us to unwind. But doing something that adds to the pace may not always be an answer. Yoga on the other hand makes you stop in your tracks and slows down your mind and body. During a tough yoga session, your mind has to be present in order for you to perform. Which means it will switch gears from thinking overtime about all the other things going on and focus on the present. What could possibly be more relaxing?

Unnatural postures –
another thing that we do a lot more today then we ever did before is sit. We sit for hours and hours at our work desks or at home in front of the TV. Sitting on chairs is not exactly the most natural of postures for human beings. (Though today it’s almost laughable that I even bring this up. We are not cavemen, so why should we not use chairs right?)

What sitting does though, is that it ignores a lot of vital muscles in our bodies, the glutes for example. The glutes are very important to strengthen as our entire body revolves around them. Yoga with its many postures strengthens and gainfully employs these sleeping muscles like the core and the glutes so that they gain power and come to life again.

Yoga also plays an important role in correcting our posture, which has gone out of spin, due to the hours of sitting. An incorrect posture leads to a whole gamut of new problems, the older we get.

So give yoga a shot if you feel that the pace of life is getting to you. Try something slow and deceivingly easy for a change. You’ll be doing your mind and body a huge favour.
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