Glucagon

What is glucagon?

  • Glucagon is a type of peptide hormone, produced by alpha cells of the pancreas.
  • Crucial function: to maintain stable blood sugar (glucose) level.
  • Glycogenolysis: stimulate the conversion of glycogen stored in the liver to glucose, in order to be released into the bloodstream.
  • Gluconeogenesis: promote the production of glucose from amino acid molecules.
  • It reduces glucose consumption by the liver so that as much glucose as possible can be secreted into the bloodstream to maintain blood glucose levels.

How it works?

  • A process called Glycogenolysis. After 4 – 6 hours of food intake, body’s blood sugar started to decrease, and it stimulates the pancreas to secrete glucagon. Glucagon enables the stored glycogen in muscle and liver convert to glucose, thus releasing to bloodstream as energy.

Why is it important?

  • Glucagon and insulin must linked together whenever either of them is mentioned, it is because both hormones work in balance to regulate blood sugar levels. If the level of one hormone is higher or lower than the ideal range, blood sugar levels may spike or drop.

    Insulin and glucagon help maintain a state called homeostasis in which conditions inside the body remain steady. When blood sugar is too high, the pancreas secretes more insulin. When blood sugar levels drop, the pancreas releases glucagon to raise them.

    This balance helps provide sufficient energy to the cells while preventing the nerve damage that can result from consistently high levels of blood sugar.

There are poses to help balancing the glucagon level in our body:

  1. Sirsasana (Headstand pose)

Supported Headstand (Salamba Sirsasana) - Yoga Journal

2. Half Spinal Twist Pose (Ardha Matsyendrasana)

Half Lord of the Fishes Pose (Ardha Matsyendrasana) - Yoga Journal3. Bhujangasana( Cobra pose)

Cobra Pose | Ekhart Yoga4. Dhanurasana (Bow Pose)

Bow Pose (Dhanurasana) - Yoga Journal5. Mayurasana(Peacock asana)

How to do Peacock Pose: Techniques, Benefits, Variations

The 8 Limbs of Yoga

What is Yoga?

Yoga is the union of body, mind, soul, and spirit. According to Yoga, people suffer due to the illusion of separation between our individual consciousness from Universal Consciousness or Brahman. The Yoga Sutras are a practical to guide your spiritual journey of remembering that union.

The Yoga Sutras contain a set of observances and practices to guide your spiritual journey. These are known as the Eight Limbs of Yoga.

The 8 Limbs Of Yoga Explained - Yoga Lingo at YOGATEKET

1. Yama: Correct behavior toward others.

  • Nonviolence
  • Truthfulness
  • Not stealing
  • Not wasting energy
  • Abstaining from greed

2. Niyama: The principles by which you should live your own life

  • Purity
  • Contentment
  • Spiritual observances
  • Study
  • Devotion

3. Asana: The seat of consciousness; the yogi’s seat and postures to prepare the body.

4. Pranayama: Expanding the life force through breathing exercises.

5. Pratyahara: Turning the senses inward to explore the inner universe.

6. Dharana: Effortless focused attention; training the mind to meditate.

7. Dhyana: A continuous flow, meditation perfected.

8. Samadhi: Lost or found in the Divine; unity.

The first four yamas prepare the body for the next three, which take you to the doorway of the eighth.

DharanaDhyana, and Samadhi practiced together is known as Sanyama. Settling the mind, having a subtle intention, and releasing it into the field of Infinite Organizing Power gives you knowledge of the laws of nature of an object and Yogic Powers (Siddhis).

The Practice of Samadhi

The practice of Samadhi is only possible when meditation is perfected. Samadhi has several levels:

Savikalpa Samadhi

  • You gain knowledge of physical objects.
  • You have an understanding the abstract nature of things.
  • You move beyond objects until you are only aware of bliss.
  • Only the I-ness remains.

Nirvikalpa Samadhi

  • You become one with the Soul—no mind—only infinite peace and bliss.
  • The heart feels bigger than the universe.

Sahaja Samadhi

  • The constant experience of Nirvikalpa along with daily activity.

Dharma Megha Samadhi

  • The highest Samadhi, the state of Unclouded Truth (Cloud of Virtue)—“All beautiful qualities are there.”
  • All desires, even the desire to know God, have dissolved.
  • All that affects the mind, the causes of suffering, and the bondage of action disappear.

We will all eventually reach the state where Pure Unbounded Consciousness remains forever established in its own Absolute nature.

Stiff young man

Stiff young man

Recently found that many young people, although white meat tender and healthy, but the body is very stiff, there is no muscle strength.

The reason is simple
We can’t control our mouth and lack of training
While the body is stiff at the same time
It can also affect peoples moods and brains
Causes people to react more slowly
The body is slowly being old

Physical stiffness is actually a disease, look at its 6 great dangers

1, the body is prone to pain
As we all know, if long time sitting, look at mobile phones, incorrect posture, very easy to lead to head tilt, round shoulder hunchback, cervical vertebral disease, lumbar muscle strain, lumbar disc protrusion and other diseases, and these problems lead to chronic pain will seriously affect our quality of life.

2, slow blood circulation, low immunity
The body stiffens, the blood circulation in this area will naturally slow down, the body will become cold, and the blood circulation will be slow, the body immunity will slowly be affected, become worse.

3, more likely to be afraid of cold
As we all know, the body calories come not only from food, but also from the body muscles. If the muscles become stiff, blood flow slows down, the heat will naturally become less, the body stiff people will be more afraid of cold in winter.

4, more emotional
As we all know, emotions and stress can also be backlogged in the body, such as physical stiffness and stress, people often have shoulder and neck pain. If these emotional stresses are not excreted in an appropriate way, they can lead to mood swings, and emotional characteristics are more pronounced if chronic pain problems occur at the same time.

5, more prone to injury
People who are physically stiff and inflexible are more likely to be injured when faced with unexpected situations in exercise or daily life.

6, easy to fatigue
If the body is stiff, the muscles are not elastic, and there is no strength, then it is inevitable that it will not be able to maintain the normal operation of the body for a long time, prone to fatigue.

If  you don’t want to stay old and get stiffer and worse, start practicing yoga, stretch your body, and build muscle. We can’t resist aging, but we can get older, be comfortable and stay away from pain. YOGA can help you.

Six anti-insomnia yoga poses

Six anti-insomnia yoga poses, let you sleep until dawn.

Studies have shown that insomniacs are prone to anxiety, diabetes, depression and congestive heart failure. Also accompanied by other symptoms, such as: listlessness, easy fatigue, can not concentrate, emotional fluctuations, serious impact on work and study. In addition, if you don’t sleep well for a long time, the aging rate will be accelerated; Because the body cells can only repair and remove toxins when they sleep. Normal sleep requirements are six to eight hours of sleep a day. If you cant get enough sleep because of insomnia, practice yoga.

Why do you recommend yoga instead of other forms of exercise? its because when you practice yoga, Our body and mind, breath and every part of the body are all connected together. You can feel the tension in the body area when you are fixed in a pose, Yoga stretching has a very good calming effect, which helps us to get rid of insomnia or bad sleep habits, in addition to reducing stress, help to relax.

Asana 1: Forward Bend
This pose requires the upper body to bend forward, giving the back muscles a good stretch. Helps stimulate the nervous system and increases blood supply. To soften the spine, promote blood circulation, and stretch all parts of the body, forward flexion is very helpful in fighting insomnia.

Asana 2: Cat Arched Back
This is another spinal bending asana practice. Often called Cat Arched Back Pose, regulate digestion, massage abdominal organs, improve blood circulation and relax the brain. As a result, it helps to improve sleep conditions and ultimately get rid of insomnia.

Asana 3: Butterfly Pose
This pose stretches the knees, groins and inner thighs well, Its great for relaxing your body, helping you to get rid of tiredness caused by walking or standing for a long time, allowing you to really relax and sleep better at night.

Asana 4: Falling Arrow Against the Wall
This pose is a great way to eliminate fatigue in the hips and back, and deliver fresh blood and nutrients to the brain. Calms the mind, relieves headaches and helps to get to sleep faster and better.

Asana 5: Baby Pose
This is one of the best yoga poses for insomnia. The posture is like the posture of an unborn baby in the womb, hence the name, to fully stretch the back, relax the muscles, help soothe the nervous system and improve sleep quality.

Asana 6: Savasana
This pose is a must practice at the end of each yoga class. It relaxes all systems of the body. If you want to get rid of insomnia, you can also try yoga nidra, the effect is good. You can also add Pranayama to this pose to relieve tension, relax muscles and body and mind.

No matter how hard you try to hypnotize yourself during the night, you cant sleep, its crazy, and the more you struggle with it, the more you cant sleep. So relax, don’t be anxious, try to develop the habit of letting your brain and body fall asleep at a specific time. Let yoga help you get back on track, help you relax, reduce stress, and get rid of insomnia symptoms.

Yoga to Relieve Menstrual Cramp

It’s that time of the month that all females dread. The mood swings, hormonal acnes, and worst of all, cramps. I’m sure many of you females out there will empathise as we all been through this, one time or another, some maybe have it worse than others. But regardless, we can all agree that it is a rather inconvenient and painful week we have to go through every month.

I was inspired to write this post really because I was having one of the worst cramps that it woke me up at night. I never really like taking medications and have refused to take any pain relief medications despite days/nights like these. Instead, I usually turn to using Yoga and home remedies, (i.e. rubbing a few drops of lavender essential oil on my lower abdomen) and eating chocolates and bananas to help relieve the cramp.

One of the many reasons I love Yoga is because of how it uses our body to heal itself just through simple asana. Here are some asana that I personally used that help me get through these dreaded days!

  1. Baddha Konasana

When you are on your period, diarrhoea and constipation comes hand in hand. This asana is particularly helpful as it helps to soothes menstrual discomfort and the digestive system.

  1. Supta Baddha Konasana

Similar to the previous posture, except you are now lying on your back. And who does not love a good excuse to lie down, especially when you are having cramps. Leaning back in this pose relaxes the abdominal muscles which helps ease the cramping sensation.

  1. Balasana

Simple yet restorative posture; child’s pose flexes our reproductive organs, as well as releasing the tension in our back, shoulders, and neck. Super calming and relaxing on the body, and on your mind too.

  1. Bharadvaja

One of my favourites as I am always having accompanying back pain during my period, reclining supine twist stretches the back and hips, relieving the backaches. The twisting motion also stimulates the digestive organs giving it a good stretch.

  1. Chakravakasana (Cat cow)

Another one that’s great for anyone with period backpain woes like me, cat-cow pose targets the back and abdominal muscles, giving them a good stretch and tone. It also warms up the body, helping to relieve menstrual cramps in the process.

I hope these asana can help you through your painful period cramps. And if all else fails, a cup of hot chocolate always helps warms the body and soul!

References:

https://www.lunette.com/blogs/news/7-yoga-poses-to-help-ease-menstrual-pain

https://www.doyou.com/6-yoga-poses-to-relieve-menstrual-cramps-37359/

Pratyahara – A Sensory Withdrawal Or Detachment?

TIL: we dont have 5 senses. we have 18?!?!? 

disclaimer: this post is based on my shallow understanding following my 1-video curiosity to learn about pratyahara.

Apparently, senses can be categorized into:

“Primary” “Internal” “Super”/ “Higher Order”
Sense of sight
Sense of sound
Sense of smell
Sense of taste
Sense of touch
Sense of warmth
Sense of cold
Sense of pain
Sense of muscular co-ordination
Sense of balance
Sense of thirst, hunger and sex
Sense of inner sight (clairvoyance)
Sense of inner hearing (clairaudience)
Sense of inner smell
Sense of inner taste
Psycho-kinetic sense
Psycho-sympathetic senses of sympathy, empathy, pity
Sense of higher compassion

In the 5th limb of ashtanga yoga, Pratyahara is often described as the “withdrawal of senses”. this is derived from a naive interpretation + translation of based on the breakdown of the word; prati means “away”, and ahara means “food”, or in this case, a any stimuli that we sense (or should i say, “feeds” us).

For the past few years since I managed to have a little bit of my ajna chakra activated (or so i would like to believe), i have been attempting to withdraw myself from my senses.

Let me step back and provide some context – i have always been someone who has heightened senses –  not to all 18 of them, but i would say more than 50% of it – i get extra negatively impacted when i sense someone/ something around me not being in the state of harmony, even if it were a stranger. i get overly consumed with negativity over a long list of things:

  • when i witness/ hear about an upsetting experience

(or superficially, when i…)

  • smell strong scents
  • see something out of place
  • touch something cold or wet
  • hear inconsistently loud noises

(or even more superficially – yes it’s possible – when i…)

  • only scratch my left arm and not the right arm
  • dont type with all my fingers equally
  • dont part my hair each side + centre about equal number of hours each day
  • have to stand in front of a fan on louver (because the air hitting me is not consistent)

The list simply goes on.

At this point, i can hear people laughing about such lameness/ weirdness. but emotionally, and to a certain extent, physically, i get more affected than one can imagine; i can feel my manipura chakra triggered and running in full speed (if i am using the concept correctly, but you get idea) – i feel a dull throbbing at the circumference along my temples, i feel flustered, i get impulsive. and yes, i would then react on the impulse and escalate situations that could be nothing – sometimes i’d start a heated argument/ blame it on the first person i see beside me/ allow myself to fulfil the “illogical” need (like proceeding to scratch my right arm).

So yes, since i learnt truly the idea of self-reflection and analysis, i recognized such unhealthiness brewing within me, and have been trying to do things to help myself. from hearing from others/ reading of self-help books/ experiential, i concluded that all these impulses due to my lack of self-discipline. here are some things i tried:

(sorry i am going to use my lame but hopefully entertaining examples.)

  • exercise discipline to abstain – stop myself from scratching that other arm when it doesnt even itch
  • exercise discipline to anticipate and control – intentionally scratch one side and stop myself from balancing out with the other
  • exercise discipline to delay gratification – wait until the end of this post to standardize fonts/ alignments if i know it is going to take more 10 seconds
  • exercise discipline to focus – meditating and focusing on breath as opposed to the 1 million things in my mind speaking at me/ surfacing in my brain.

Last year, i furthered in this journey of attempted self-help by consciously withdrawing myself from situations (which of course after taking this course only did i realize is called Pratyahara).

Despite so, i dont feel like i have made much progress – i mean yes there is a liiiittle progress in terms of 10% shorter procrastinations/ 5% lesser impulsive needs – but i find myself falling back easily/ progress made is not sustainable or stagnated. During this period, I also received advice that i should not avoid a negative thought, but rather acknowledge and even put in ALL the attention, and learn to let go of it. that is something that i have consciously tried to practice – the concept is easy to understand (though hard to convince my own friends because i cant verbalize myself very well), but i always had trouble applying the technique, and grasping how the experience should feel like… until this youtube video i decided to click on just because youtube recommendations… i mean, there were many more visually-appealing videos. #everythingalwayshappensforareason

In the video is this very wise dude, Dr Ananda, talking basically about the “missing link” in yoga. he states that Pratyahara is that easily-dismissed-as-just-another-external-practice, but in reality, the linkage between the other 7 external and internal concepts (or limbs) of yoga (to attain a yogic life). (please watch the video at your own time to understand why.)

He then started preaching about what Pratyahara actually means (to him) – it is not just the withdrawal, but the choice to withdraw from our senses. his interpretation is based on Pantajali’s sutra 54 and 55 (from 2:00min).

Sadhana Pada Sutra 54: Swavishaya Asamprayoge (to attach) Chitta Swarupa Anukarah Iva; Indrianam Pratyaharah

Direct translation: Pratyahara or abstraction is, as it were, the imitation by the senses of the mind by withdrawing themselves from their objects.

Sadhana Pada Sutra 55: Tatah ParamaaVashyateIndriyaanaam

Direct translation: Then follows the greatest mastery over the senses.

Quoting wise Dr Ananda’s interpretation of the sutra, “we have the tendency to attach and identify with our sensors. we need to come away from them” and “thru the practice of pratyahara, you are able to untangle yourself from the web of senses (indriya jala) into a state of mastery over the sense”.

He describes the practice of Pratyahara as intentionally over-heightening the sense that is being triggered, really experience, assess, analyze, and emerge objectively from the sense (i.e. “let go”), by the power of choice. specifically, you see the best you can see, you hear the best you can hear, you feel the best you can feel… and then you choose to withdraw yourself (“vairagya”) non attachment/ passion; only by choosing to move away from a sensory experience would you be able to achieve objectivity towards your sensory experiences; only by taking a step back and understanding your experience with objectivity, i.e. shifting our sensory experience inwards, and seeing it as an experience, as opposed to my experience.

Our pre-frontal cortex located between the brows is what gives us the power of choice. and that is what differs us from other beings – spinal -> reactivity -> response/ “response-ability” -> cortical (at brow center). according to Dr Ananda, in Pratyahara, you want to move away from spinal cord tendency to react reflexively, and responding reflectively instead.

Hence one can practice between-brows strengthening exercises – the more you become conscious of the brow center and choose to reside in the power of choice, you start to become a master of the senses rather than a mere slave to them. 

Dr Ananda’s recommendations are:

  • perform Shanmukhi Mudra while sitting in Padmasana, focusing on breathing at all times.
  • practice Prana Kriya to enhance your power of shifting your experience from external to internal. (meditate; IN 6 counts, HOLD 3 counts, EX 6 counts, HOLD 3 counts.)
  • practice Sapta Kriya – in savasana, sense (softest/ loudest) as much as you can on your periphiral, then come back within to observe your (softest/ loudest) internal sounds to silence.
  • om Japa – power to quiet your lymphic system (which is tied to our reflexive/ reactive/ emotional behavior)

After revisiting Dr Ananda’s teachings and my summary via this post, i am beginning to see that it does all fall back on discipline. given i acknowledge that there is a choice to withdraw, it is only with discipline would i be able to make the choice. with more knowledge on what (breakdown + linkage of concepts), why (bases of concepts) , and how (techniques) , i now feel a little more inspired to try harder.

Chakra System

What is Chakra System?

The Chakra System is a complex network of energy channels connecting these wheels and is mapped throughout the whole body, much like a spiritual nervous system.

When the chakras are activated and in balance, the prana (life force) flows freely and the physical, mental and emotional bodies are in harmony. However, when one or more yoga chakras are out of balance, this can also create disharmony within. Asana practice is an effective way to create equilibrium between all parts of the self and live with clarity, purpose and be aligned with all parts of the self.

There are 7 main and biggest Chakras:

1. Root Chakra (Muladhara)

Introduction: at the base or root, the perineum, this chakra represents grounding, and survival needs like shelter and security, often a good one to focus on if you travel a lot and don’t always have a fixed home or sense of security. Associated with the color red and the spinal column, the kidneys, legs and colon.

Poses: Warrior II (Virabhadrasana II), Standing Forward Fold (Uttanasana), Garland  Pose (Malasana), Head to Knee Forward Bend (Janu Sirsasana), Easy Pose (Sukhasana)

2. Sacral Chakra (Svadisthana)

Introduction: Located by the Sacrum, a large piece of bone at the base of the spine, but above the              coccyx. This chakra represents pleasure, emotional balance and sexuality. Associated with the color orange and the reproductive organs, prostate and bladder.

Poses: Goddess Pose (Utkata Konasana), Reverse Warrior Pose (Viparita Virabhadrasana), Wide Legged Forward Bend C (Prasarita Padottanasana C), Seated Forward Bend (Paschimottanasana), Reclined Bound Angle Pose (Supta Baddha Konasana)

3. Navel Chakra (Manipura)

Introduction:Located by the belly button, this chakra represents our willpower and assertion, it is yellow in colour and associated with the pancreas, liver and stomach.

Poses: Full Boat Pose (Paripurna Navasana), Firefly Pose (Tittibhasana), Bharadvaja’s Twist (Bharadvajasana I), Warrior 1 and 2 (Virabhadrasana I and Virabhadrasana II)

4. Heart Chakra (Anahata)

Introduction: Located centrally near the heart, this chakra represents of course, love, unconditional love, acceptance, compassion and intuitiveness. The color is green and the associated organs are the heart, the circulatory system, the arms and hands.

Poses: Salamba Bhujangasana (Sphinx Pose), Bhujangasana (Cobra Pose), Anjaneyasana (Low Lunge), High Lunge (with thumbs hooked overhead),Natarajasana (Dancers Pose)

5. Throat Chakra (Vishudha)

Introduction: Located at the throat, this chakra is all about communication, creativity, truth and reliability. The color is blue and the organs associated are the thyroid, hypothalamus, throat and mouth.

Poses: Plow Pose (Halasana), Shoulderstand (Salamba Sarvangasana), Fish Pose (Matsyasana), Bridge (Setu Bandha Sarvangasana), King Pigeon (Kapotasana)

6. Third Eye Chakra (Ajna)

Introduction: Located in the center of the brain, at a cross section found between the eyes and just            above the ears. This chakra represents wisdom, imagination, intuition and an ability to analyse and perceive truth in the world. The color is a deep purple and the associated organs are the pituitary gland, the nose, the ears and the pineal gland.

Poses: Candle Gazing (Trataka), Child’s Pose (Balasana), Wide-Legged Forward Fold (Prasarita Padottanasana), Nadi Shodhana Pranayama (Alternate Nostril Breathing), AUM (Ajna Bija Mantra)

7. Crown Chakra (Sahasrara)

Introduction: The only chakra to be found outside of the physical body, this is located just above the          crown of the head in what is considered our “spiritual body”. There are less words about this chakra as it is the chakra associated with higher consciousness, pure unconditional live and a state of pure being (beyond words!). There are no physical organs associated, but it is associated with vitalizing the upper brain, and the color is a light purple or indigo, or white.

Poses: Headstand (Sirsasana), Rabbit Pose (Sasangasana), Corpse Pose (Savasana), Intentional Silence (Mauna), Selfless Service (Seva)

This is a very brief overview of what is an extremely complex subject, but we can start to see from our own lives, ailments, habits and potential blockages where we may need some work to balance out those chakras and bring more clarity to our lives. All yoga practices, including the physical postures, breathing techniques as well as chanting, and of course, meditation are methods of cleaning and balancing the Chakra System.

SURYA NAMASKAR

SURYA NAMASKAR

🔼Sun salutation

Sun salutation is a series of yoga asanas performed with gratitude to the sun, coherently and smoothly. It comes from a series of actions to worship the rising sun.

The sun symbolizes spiritual consciousness. In ancient times, the sun was worshipped every day. The form of sun salutation began in ancient times, when human beings just realized the spiritual power of themselves and the universe.

Our brain will “set” muscle length according to different daily activities. The action of sitting on a chair or riding a bicycle will send a signal to the brain, and the brain will then order the flexion of the hip to set the muscle length. Continuous yoga exercises can lengthen muscle length, improve the range of motion of the whole body, and allow the brain to reset the “new” muscle length. When I sleep, my muscles shorten, which is why my body feels stiffness when I wake up in the morning. Sun salutation is like stretching exercises for different parts of the body. Through this kind of stretching exercises, the muscle length that the brain reset during the last exercise can be recovered.

During practice, the body heats up, the body temperature rises, and the blood vessels on the skin surface expand. Dilation of blood vessels and sweating are to remove heat from the body and regulate body temperature. In addition, sweating can also expel toxins from the body.

Elevated body temperature promotes blood flow to muscles, making tendons and ligaments softer. The synovial fluid circulating in the joint cavity brings nutrients to the articular cartilage and removes waste from the articular cartilage. The sun salutation can alternately contract and relax the muscle groups, and in doing so, it also accelerates the return of blood to the heart by pressure. When the ventricles are at their optimal filling state, the arterial blood output will also increase. In this way, more blood circulates to the various organs of the body, and at the same time sweat increases, which helps the body excrete more toxins. Sun salutation is neither purely physical exercise nor mental exercise, but a combination of the two. This can enhance all aspects of human personality, almost every part will be fully practiced. It is also suitable for people of all ages, whether young, adult or elderly.

🔼Benefits of sun salutation

◆Stressed office workers can practice 20-30 minutes a day to help relieve stress

◆Regulate menstruation, promote normal hormone secretion, and help elderly women regain vitality

◆Help manage emotions, spirits, and behaviors

◆Stimulate all glands, effectively help prevent diabetes. It is also the best way for obese people to consume fat (as shown in the picture). People who want to lose weight should drink a glass of water with a little honey 30 minutes before the practice day.

◆Remove respiratory tract Exhaust gas, very good for respiratory diseases

◆Improves heart function

◆Stimulates abdominal organs, enhances appetite, prevents indigestion, constipation, diarrhea, etc. People with flatulence and wind disease should drink a glass of warm water 30 minutes before practicing worship

◆Stimulate kidney function , Precautions for the prevention of kidney disease

🚫Precautions

◆At least in the first three times, each position should be slow

◆Children under eight years old do not need this kind of practice

◆Women who are menstruating should avoid practicing

◆You can practice sun salutation after 12 weeks of pregnancy

◆High People with blood pressure and coronary heart disease should not practice. People with hernia and intestinal tuberculosis should not practice. People with herniated discs, back pain, sciatica and other spinal problems should consult a medical professional and yoga physiotherapist before practice. Japanese style is beyond the scope of one’s own ability, step by step

I love yoga

I love yoga.  I have been miserable, living day to day without purpose before I took up yoga.  Yoga as opened up my eyes and thoughts.  I am a happier person, more positive about life.  I hope that I can share my experience with others, to help others be a better and happier person.  But I was concern on whether if I was ready or good enough.   I decided to give it a go and enrolled for the teacher course.  You will never know if you never try.  As I embark on this journey, I realized that we can never be ready, we can never be prefect enough.  We can improve, be better today than yesterday by learning more.  I am benefitting a lot from the course.  It teaches us the in-depth knowledge about yoga.  It can even help those with certain medical conditions.   For example, various poses will strengthen certain muscle groups.  For someone who has a hunch posture, cobra and plank pose would help to rectify it.  Someone who is an avid runner who have tight hamstrings, the downward dog would help to loosen it.  I would even dare to say yoga is able to treat all problems related to skeletal and muscles.  I hope to be a good yoga teacher one day and able to help those in need.

YOGA and STATS

As an avid yoga consumer and a current YTT student, I wanted to learn what’s the global yoga industry’s potential and how it has evolved in the past years. Here’s what’s I found and I’d like to share with you: 

 

Did you know that currently the global yoga studio industry is estimated to be worth $88bn and expected to reach $215bn by 2025.

The most established and biggest markets are the US, UK, and Australia. However, the Asia Pacific region is expected to see the highest growth over the coming years.

 

Yogis spend a lot of money on their hobby. According to research by the Yoga Alliance, a typical yogi will spend $62,640 on classes, workshops, and accessories over their lifetime. This equates to about $90 per month, almost half of which is just on classes. There’s clearly a huge opportunity to serve this dedicated audience and generate a strong income in the process.

 

Other Interesting Yoga Statistics

 

  1. Around 44% of yoga practitioners practice yoga 2-3 times a week.
  2. An average yoga practitioner spends around $90 a month on yoga.
  3. Over 55 million people will start practicing yoga by 2020.
  4. 37% of yoga enthusiasts have children who also enjoy practicing.
  5. The cleanliness of the yoga studio is a major factor for 70.5% of yoga practitioners when deciding on where to take yoga classes.
  6. Lack of flexibility is what holds 32% of non-yogis from trying yoga out.
  7. Aside from in-person classes, 24% of people also use yoga apps or yoga guided by videos to practice.
  8. 1 in three practitioners in the US has attempted at least once to practice yoga outside of class.
  9. A research conducted on 52 women with anxiety and depression has shown a decrease in symptoms after 12 sessions of hatha yoga.
  10. 54% of yoga practitioners said that yoga helps them release tension.
  11. According to yoga injury statistics, yoga deteriorates 21% of existing injuries and triggers musculoskeletal pain in 10% of cases.
  12. The average yogi is willing to spend $40 to try yoga once.m
  13. 8% are willing to spend about $100 to get a memorable yoga experience.
  14. 66% of yoga practitioners do at least one class per year in an experimental setting.
  15. 40% of yoga practitioners in the US say that it motivates them to eat healthy.
  16. 94% of yoga practitioners say they do yoga for wellness-related reasons.
  17. 15 minutes of yoga practice everyday changes the brain’s chemistry and boosts mood.
  18. There are over 100 styles of yoga.