Why you make feel so well the Yoga?

Two keys that welfare that you feel when you go from Yoga class reside in the parasympathetic system and, above all, the prana. We now explain what you...


Currently, there are many styles and approaches of Yoga. Some consist of rest with the help of props in quiet rooms. Others lead students to the limit of his physical capacity or practice with rhythmic music. Some focus on physical alignment, and there with a heart-based approach. Its variety is so wide that it is almost impossible to meet them all.

However, all styles of Yoga to share something that amazes everyone: most work. In short, you feel better to get out of the class. The question is: why? How does Yoga work?

As you probably have heard, one of the reasons by which the asana makes you feel so good is because it activates your parasympathetic nervous system thanks to two elements that all postural practices have in common: the stretching and strengthening of the muscles, and calm and deep breathing.

Relaxation inducer

The parasympathetic system is the part of your nervous system that induces relaxation, promotes digestion and assimilation of nutrients and the immune system, and also normalizes the tension and reduces the heart rate. It counteracts many symptoms related to stress and negative consequences of such accelerated modern life.

But the truth is that much of the Yoga that is practiced at present does not favor both the parasympathetic nervous system as you think. To stimulate it you have to make postures that encourage deep relaxation, as bending forward and hip openings; do less postures of standing and sitting, supine beam and investments. It is also necessary to keep asanas for longer, as in the restorative yoga, and devote longer periods of time to develop breathing slow and complete.

Series, tilts back and props on hand balances on arms are powerful and beneficial, but do not stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system much like the previous practices.

So, in short, what is it that makes us feel better? The answer is: nearly all styles of Hatha Yoga increase the flow of prana (or life force) in the body.

The force of prana

Yoga, acupuncture, tai chi and qui gong, is based on the prana (chi in Chinese science and the Arts). These disciplines are considered the prana as the essential force that sustains everything. The Yogis went beyond, prescribing the intelligent use of prana as a key tool for spiritual awakening. "After knowing the source... and the physical existence of prana, one attains immortality", says the Prasna Upanishad. In other words, to achieve the purpose of life and practice the proper use of the prana is necessary.

Prana has always played an essential role in Hatha Yoga. The ancient Sanskrit texts, such as the Hatha Yoga Pradipika and Gheranda Samhita, They point to several techniques to increase, channel and regulate the vital force. These writings describe the asana as the basis for deeper Hatha practice, because helps to release the vital energy. To maintain a stance while "you breathe on it" pranic barriers are dissolved. Each posture releases prana differently. For example, bending forward increases the types of prana which soothe, relax and settle; tilts back unlocked the forces that are more expansive and revitalizing pranic.

One of the best reasons why you feel better after class is because the practice has helped you to move your vital energy in a more balanced way. The principles of how the different asanas affect the vital force are explained in the Hatha tradition and Ayurveda. The more we learn and practice these teachings, we know more about the most suitable positions for a certain time. If you think that practice that formerly made you feel good has now ceased to do so, the right moment to change.

"The control of prana is the best power," says the Srimad Bhagavatam, one of the revered Scriptures of the India. The more learn to use well the power of prana which begins with the asana, you'll be better prepared to learn about the unlimited potential of Yoga.

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By • 14 Dec, 2012 • section: Practice