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Yoga 101 for Anyone Making 2020 Yoga Resolutions.

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Posted February 13, 2020 by Siora Tils.

 
 
 
Have you ever thought about joining a club that was 36 million members strong in the United States alone? A club that’s grown at least 50% since 2012?
You may not realize it, but if you’ve ever considered trying yoga (which a third of Americans have already done), then that’s you.
Some people are interested in mindfulness and peace of being that yoga promises. Others want to gain flexibility and strength enjoyed by regular yogis. And still others want to mitigate back and joint pain, which yoga has been proven to help.
But a cursory Google search for beginner’s yoga is completely overwhelming – there are more than 6,000 yoga studios in America at last count, and most of them are trying to sell you classes for the New Year. (Nothing wrong with that inherently – it doesn’t get much more consciously capitalist than yoga studios.)
Before doing anything you’ve never done before, it’s advisable to do your research.
We’re going to break down what some of the most popular yoga styles, so that you can understand what each will provide for your body and what you should expect from each.
Let’s start with the eight arms of yoga:
  1. Yama: consisting of five parts indicating how you treat your fellow man – nonviolence, truthfulness, asteya, chastity, and not coveting
  2. Niyama: consisting of five parts indicating how you treat yourself – cleanliness, contentment, self-discipline, self-study, surrendering to a higher power
  3. Asana: the practice of yoga poses
  4. Pranayama: the practice of breathing exercises
  5. Pratyahara: withdrawing from external senses to use only internal sources
  6. Dharana: concentration
  7. Dhyana: meditation
  8. Samadhi: bliss
Every arm of yoga is distributed differently through various styles and practices, but those tenets are woven into all kinds of yoga.
Iyengar Yoga
This kind of yoga focuses on meticulous and detailed posing. It’s slower and lower intensity in order to achieve perfect alignment with each pose.
Usually, this practice is characterized by yoga props, like blocks, straps, chairs, and bolsters.
The lesson in iyengar yoga isn’t how smoothly and swiftly you can move from pose to pose, but how tricky it can be, both mentally and physically, to stay still.
It can help with easing tight and sore muscles or in recovering from an injury.
Vinyasa Yoga
This is probably the kind of yoga you’re most familiar with – in Sanskrit, the translation is “to place in a special way,” and since it’s a kind of hatha yoga, vinyasa is recognizable because it’s a sequence of poses.
The practice is fluid and movement-heavy, traveling from one pose into its next logical pose as smoothly as possible by connecting breath to each movement.
You’ll often hear music in these yoga classes, to keep everyone engaged and awake, and although it’s not the same as high-intensity yoga, it is definitely active.
Bikram Yoga
The inspiration for the “hot yoga” fad, bikram yoga has been held in heated rooms since its inception 30 years ago.
There are 26 poses in total, always in the same sequence, and you’ll definitely find yourself drenched and exhausted at the end of it.
Bikram will definitely give you the most serious work out, but be sure to find an authentic bikram studio – the poses must be in the original order for it to be considered bikram.
Restorative Yoga
Sometimes called “yin” yoga, this is the style for those interested in yoga for its calming effects.
You’ll find lots of props in a restorative yoga class to help support students in passive poses, because you’re not meant to use energy or force.
It’s a wonderful way to inject mindful, rejuvenative rest into your life. Everyone has experienced rest that doesn’t recharge – this kind of yoga helps you be deliberate with your intentions.
Once you know what your goals are, you’ll know which yoga practice to try!
Still, trying one of each, or any other kinds of yoga, will give you the best idea of which kind of yoga suits you best, and which you’re most likely to stick with in the New Year.
Lucy Schlessinger
 
 



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Naikan Reflection: 

How This Japanese Technique Transforms Your Relationships.

By Francesca F.

July 12th, 2019

 
 

 

Naikan Reflection helps us to better understand ourselves and others in our various relationships.
Relationships are complicated, and it is always easier to focus on the bad parts than the good. Naikan Reflection is a form of genuine self-reflection which aims to help us understand our relationships better.

By understanding the bigger picture, we can see the nuances of a relationship. Most significantly, you may find yourself recognizing cycles of negative behavior, or having a greater respect for what others do for you.

What Is Naikan Reflection?

Naikan Reflection is a structured method of self-reflection which helps us to get a more realistic sense of our relationships with others. It was developed by Japanese businessman and devoted Jodo Shinshu Buddhist, Yoshimoto Ishin.

Those who practice it claim that it helps them to understand themselves and others with who they have relationships.
The Three Questions of Naikan Reflection

Naikan Reflection is based on three key questionswhich help us to reflect on our relationships with others, from friends to family, co-workers to acquaintances.
  1. What have I received from…?
  2. What have I given to…?
  3. What troubles and difficulties have I caused…?
There is a logical fourth question in this series which is ‘What troubles and difficulties have… caused me?’ This question was purposefully ignored because of the belief that this question is responsible for too much misery in daily life.
One of the most important aspects of Naikan Reflection is that it assumes we are all naturally good at seeing an answer to this fourth question. In contrast, true knowledge comes from a little introspection.

Three Different Methods to Practice Naikan Reflection

The general method of practicing Naikan Reflection is to answer these questions in detail.
  • Examine first what you have received from others.
There are times we receive things from others without understanding the sacrifices they made or the thought they gave it. Take the time to understand this and to whom you should be grateful.
  • Next, consider what you have given to others.
We are all susceptible to self-criticism. Taking the time to understand how you are capable of helping others can change our perception of ourselves.
As a result, this is a valuable tool because it helps to boost self-esteem and change our mindset. When we see the good in what we have done without making a conscious effort, we can see the good we are capable of in the future.
  • The final question is not the easiest to answer.
We never like to point fingers at ourselves; doing so can be difficult. Yet, we must understand the hardships we have caused others to truly be introspective. When we see what difficulties we have caused others, we can begin to understand and even repair those relationships.
There are three main ways Naikan Reflection can be practiced, so you can find the right method for you.

Daily Naikan (Nichijo Naikan)

Daily Naikan Reflection takes only 20 to 30 minutes before falling asleep. Sit in a quiet place and minimize distractions. Consider the three questions of Naikan and answer them in relation to the events of the day.
Try to be as specific as you can rather than generalize about ‘receiving food’ or ‘gave assistance.’ It may seem trivial, but it is important to recognize what you should be grateful for and what you offer others.
This method is the simplest. It also keeps the self-reflection we do present in our daily lives.

Naikan Reflection on a Person

Naikan Reflection can be done in reference to a specific person. This method takes a little longer because it focuses on the entire relationship, beginning to end. Start with how you met, and slowly work your way through the ups and downs of the relationship chronologically.
Naikan Reflection on a person gives us greater insight and respect for a particular person. You may focus on a few weeks, or a few years, giving yourself a detailed account of hard times with the gift of hindsight.
You will be able to see how the relationship has strengthened or may be weakened. However, you will be able to see the situation as a whole.

A Naikan Retreat (Schuchu Naikan)

Naikan Retreats can be a scheduled event, or it can be something you venture to do alone. Taking yourself away for a set amount of time to a quiet and secluded place can be mind-opening.
Venture to a peaceful and private spot and give yourself nothing to do but reflect. View your life chronologically and assess all of your relationships in turn.
This is the most intense version of self-reflection and it can take some time to work up to this. However, those who take part in such retreats have profound and life-changing experiences. What is important is that you are sincere and committed to the experience.

Why self-reflection is important

Self-reflection is deeply entrenched in many of the world’s spiritual cultures. There are many different methods of self-reflection which can help open your mind to all that life is.
Naikan Reflection is simply one of many of these methods, but it helps us to form closer bonds through the understanding of our relationships.
Most importantly, practicing this reflection helps us to recognize the importance of others and the positive impact we can have in the lives of others.
References:
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  2. https://oxfordre.com

 

 

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About the Author: Francesca F.

Francesca is a freelance writer currently studying a degree in Law and Philosophy. She has written for several blogs in a range of subjects across Lifestyle, Relationships and Health and Fitness. Her main pursuits are learning new innovative ways of keeping fit and healthy, as well as broadening her knowledge in as many areas as possible in order to achieve success.
 
 
 
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Individually you can be helped to find your Truth that is different of everyone. 


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