Hold your Posture for maximum benefit
The ancient science of Yoga has evolved over time. The first written scripture of Yoga – Patanjali Yoga Sutra – emphasizes self-discipline with do’s and don’ts. Yoga is actually described as a process to gain mastery over the mind.
In modern times, we have explored the immense multi-dimensional benefits of Yoga and segregated many of them to independent evolving streams. Perhaps, the most widely popular stream today is the physical aspect – or Yogic postures. Therefore, let me take this opportunity to help you quickly gain maximum benefit out of Yogic postures.
I will divide Yogic postures into its two modern components:
Dynamic Yogic postures are those which have a repetition or flow pattern. I consider Surya Namaskar and Vinyasa class of postures as “Dynamic” practices.
- Very helpful for calorie burning and weight loss
- Energizes body and mind and reduces lethargy
- An excellent stress-buster for the stressed minds of the modern workaholics
- Feel-good factor after the session
- Can be difficult for beginners and carry risk of injury
- Difficult for older people
- People with some limiting health conditions may actually be advised against this
Please remember to consult a qualified teacher before building a regimen of dynamic postures.
Static Yogic postures are holding postures. This is the classical method of practicing Yogasanas. According to the first textbook of Yoga, Patanjali Yoga Sutra, “Sthiram Sukham Asanam” and “Prayatna Shaithilya Ananta Samapatibhyam” – i.e. easy, comfortable and steady holding for a long time makes a posture a true Yogic posture.
- Very helpful for muscle toning and fat loss (inch loss)
- Brings more Sattva (balance and peace) to body and mind
- Unlocks the therapeutic effects of Yogic postures by working at a Physiological level rather than only Physical. So, the posture penetrates deeper tissues of muscle and organ and increases their efficiency.
- People of all ages and most physical conditions can perform some of these practices
- Mentally anxious people will find it uncomfortable to practice
- Lethargic people will find it difficult to follow
- People with some limiting health conditions need to know which practices to perform and which to avoid. Please consult a qualified teacher
Overall, although Dynamic postures are very popular these days, it is important to practice a mixed regimen with Static postures as part of it. The holding of Static postures unlocks therapeutic value of “Single Posture Multiple Benefit”.
I have learnt from my higher Masters and Professors to combine the best of the East and best of the West. My philosophy is to extend this to combine the energy of modern Dynamic practices with the value of Static postures to accrue maximum benefit to the modern Yoga practitioners.