Thought for the week

In thinking about the presence of stress in our lives, B.K.S. Iyengar reminds us that a certain amount of tension and stress is required for moving and living and that we must differentiate unhealthy levels and negative stress from requisite stress. He explains that the main causes of negative stress are anger, fear, speed, greed, unhealthy ambition and competition, which produce a deleterious effect on the body and mind. “When one does good work with out selfish motives, though there is the stress of work, it is positive, and does not cause the far greater stress that comes from grasping and greed. The practice of asana, (the yoga poses) and pranayama, (the breathing exercises), not only de-stress you, but energize and invigorate the nerves and the mind in order to handle the stress that comes from the caprices of life.” He offers this analogy, “When it rains heavily, the water does not necessarily penetrate the earth. If the surface is dry and hard, the rain water floods the surface and runs off. But if it rains gradually, for many days continuously and the ground is moist, then the water seeps deep into the earth which is good for cultivation and for life. Similarly in ourselves, we must moisten our muscles and nerves through the expansion and extension of the various asana. In this way, the stress that saturates the brain is diffused throughout the rest of the body, so the brain is rested and released from strain and body releases its stress and strain through movement.”

-B.K.S. Iyengar, Light on Life

Balance

” In every posture, the body, the mind, action and motion, as well as each breath of the physical, physiological, mental, and intellectual sheaths, have to be evenly balanced.”

                                                                                         -B.K.S. Iyengar from Yoga Wisdom and Practice

 

Quote for the day

“Most people ask only from their body that it does not trouble them. Most people feel that they are healthy if they are not suffering from illness or pain, not aware of the imbalances that exist in their bodies and minds that ultimately will lead to disease. A yogi never forgets that health must begin with the body. Your body is the child of the soul. You must nourish and train your child. Physical health is not a commodity to be bargained for. Nor can it be swallowed in the form of drugs and pills. It has to be earned through sweat. It is something that we must build up. You have to create within yourself the experience of beauty, liberation and infinity. This is health. Healthy plants and trees yield abundant flowers and fruits. Similarly, from a healthy person, smiles and happiness shine forth like the rays of the sun.”

– B.K.S Iyengar

        Paraphrased from Light on Life

It’s Good to be Back

 Greetings everyone, it’s been a while since I’ve posted. I apologize for my absence. I have been focussing my attention on continuing education and study. I recently completed a course intensive on Prime Time Health and am so excited to share what I’ve learned with you! This is all science based information compiled to maximize good health, well being and enjoyment during the prime of your life, which is now!! Check in here regularly, for more healthy topics and tips to improve the quality of of your life. You are worth it!!!

Quote for the Weekend

“Perfecting: Always Be Happy with the Smallest Improvement”

B.K.S. Iyengar

 

Let the goal be to reach Perfection,* but be content with a little progress toward perfection every day.

Sometimes our body is willing, but our mind is weak and makes excuses. Sometimes it is our mind that is willing, but our body is weak and says “I’m really too tired for all this trouble.” A practitioner must focus between the mind and the body, listening to the counsel of each but letting the intelligence and the soul make the true decision, for this is where real willpower and real dedication are found. Do to your capacity while always striving to extend your capacity. Ten minutes today, a few days later increase to twelve. Master that and then again extend. Find time everyday to do something to maintain the asana practice. Sometimes both body and mind yield to willpower, and at other times they rebel. Imagine physical challenges as you would a challenging child. Learn how to deal with it and nurture it as you would give extra compassion and attention to this “child.” Do not bother with failures either, they lead one toward determination. Be detached. Do not be afraid. Find the courage to come through it. When you experience fear,  you must practice without attachment to the body, thinking of it objectively,  as an opportunity for creative work!

Long, uninterrupted practice of asanas and pranayama, done with awareness, makes the foundation firm and brings success.

paraphrased from Light on Life by B.K.S. Iyengar

 

* Iyengar is not referring to perfection here in the usual way we define it, rather as our union with God and the dream of this union being inspirational in igniting one’s efforts toward transformation.

Quote for the Week: What we want

“What most people want is the same. Most people simply want physical and mental health, understanding and wisdom, and peace and freedom. Often our means of pursuing these basic human needs come apart at the seams, as we are pulled by the different and often competing demands of human life.

Yoga allows you to rediscover a sense of wholeness in your life, where you do not feel like you are constantly trying to fit the broken pieces together. Yoga allows you to find an inner peace that is not ruffled and riled by the endless stresses and struggles of life.

Yoga is not meant to be a religion or a dogma for any one culture. While yoga sprang from the soil of India, it is meant to be a universal path, a way open to all regardless of birth or background.”

-B.K.S. Iyengar