Yoga Poses Both Energize And Relax

Practicing yoga poses has an effect that refocuses energy within the body. First, it helps us to relax. I mean, who can stay tense while performing a downward dog pose, anyway? Second, yoga asanas done in their proper sequence have a way of redistributing the energy within us and to balance the energy flow to its natural state. This alone promotes health benefits and fitness benefits to the body. This energy redistribution also promotes mental an spiritual calming and clarity. College students particularly benefit from this realignment. Writer Peter Pham discusses these points in a recent piece for The Daily Titan.

Yoga Poses Both Energize And Relax

Yoga has been around for centuries, self-enlightenment being the ultimate goal. As with any form of exercise, yoga has the potential to benefit students greatly in both their health and studies.

“Yoga approaches the body in many different ways,” said Samantha Gallo, a Hatha yoga instructor at Cal State Fullerton. “In the physical body, we become that much more flexible.”

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Yoga poses balance energy to both relax and energize the body. Photo by Roi Brooks c/o Photos.Com.

Gallo teaches the beginner and intermediate Hatha yoga courses at CSUF.

“Hatha Yoga is a practice that balances out the duality in our systems,” Gallo said. “We do it through both a physical or forceful way where we’re cleansing the body with postures or with breath, or we can also relax the body with postures or breath.”
Practicing yoga not only benefits the body, but the mind as well.

“We also have the ability to just energize ourselves or to relax our minds,” she said. “Sometimes we have our bodies that are fatigued from a long day of work and we do certain poses that can help to basically make you that much stronger or make you that much more alert.”

For students who put in a full day of classes, yoga can be beneficial.

“They (students) would be able to have that much more of a focused attention on what they’re doing,” Gallo said. “Their bodies would feel that much better in terms of being able to sit in a chair all day.”
Gallo said hunching over the computer for an extended period can become taxing on the body.

“(Yoga) can definitely help them with their school studies, that they don’t feel like that they’re basically hunched and crouched all the time,” she said.

The task of balancing academics with other responsibilities can be stressful for students and yoga can teach them to better deal with those tasks.

“It (yoga) also teaches them how to manage their stress that much better,” Gallo said. “Maybe it’s through more mindful discipline, about studying and making sure that they do things with a certain amount of time so that they don’t procrastinate.”

Saldiam Barillas, 22, a kinesiology major, has taken yoga for years. He initially joined for the physical benefits, but has grown to understand and appreciate the mental rewards as well.

“Every single aspect of yoga for me has already deepened my emotion, spiritual and mental ties together,” Barillas said. “To me it’s still growing, it’s still getting better, so I make it an effort to at least practice four times a week.”

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Many yoga poses promote increased flexibility and strength. Relaxation and mindfulness produce residual benefits that linger and build long after the session is through. Persons under long term stress can greatly benefit from regular yoga practice. Yoga and meditation together protect and promote balance in mind and body.

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This calm steadiness of the senses is called yoga. Then one should become watchful, becomes yoga comes and go.    — Katha Upanishad

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