28 Physical exercise and well-being

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Physical exercise has innumerable benefits for our body. In this chapter you will learn more about Yoga and what unites it with Ayurveda, as well as a basic demonstration of Yoga with a series of greetings to the sun, to include as a daily exercise practice. We encourage you to put on comfortable clothes and get into a spacious room to follow Jane in practicing her sun salutations.

Yoga, is a Sanskrit word meaning union, it has the same root, as the word "yoke" "yug", to unite; and it is

it refers to the union of our body, of our emotions, of our mind

and our spiritual being

When we do the sequence that we are going to present today, which is the sequence of "greetings to the sun", because, mainly, we activate our fire, our "agni" and we contact our internal digestive fire, with the sun

Also, it is a way of honoring the Sun, the star that good, that maintains

that keeps us provides the warmth and the light and the possibility of to have life on Earth

This sequence of positions, "sun salutations", it also helps us to strengthen the heart, to stimulate circulation in the body, to promote flexibility, we work the most important muscle chains and the most important joints of the body

Yoga is also an activity that helps us to focus the mind

and to communicate with the aspects, to develop and establish the connection with the most important aspects

useful aspects of our being, with that part of us that is not conditioned to space, to time, to causality

Let's say that through, through physical exercise, through, through the attention of our mind, allows us to gain deeper access to ourselves, to our inner self and at the same time balancing all these layers of our life

Yoga and ayurveda are sister sciences, they have an origin and an evolution, one supporting the other, i

e

, the principles of yoga and ayurveda, complement each other very well

In ayurveda, the fundamental is balance, ayurveda sees good health as the continuous balance of our mind, of our body, of our emotions, of our being

and yoga in correspondence therefore it also speaks of this union, this union of the layers of life y because it is also a practice, that helps us to maintain our health, having a deeper contact with the body, with the mind, with the emotions

because it enhances the principles of ayurveda as well

The practice of the "sun salutation", provides us the opportunity to strengthen our heart, to strengthen our digestive fire, to activate that innate capacity that we have to digest food, but also to digest the experiences, the emotions

This practice also helps to mobilize the articulations more important joints of the body and muscle groups as well, most important

It provides a massage to our internal organs and it gives us helps to enhance flexibility and circulation

So, we're going to do the practice

And we start by bringing the palms of our hands to the chest level, we take a second to connect with the breath, to connect with the breath, to connect with the breath, to connect with the breath, to connect with the breath

with the heart

See if you can feel your heartbeat, become aware, of the feet on the ground, the contact of the feet on the ground, loosens maybe a little bit the knees, the shoulders, the chin, the chest

Inhale and exhale deeply, observing the breath

With the next inhalation, we bring the hands up, inhale extending our body upward, our little toes active, we exhale, we bring our toes to the hands to the feet, we rest our hands on the ground; we can bend our knees a little bit if necessary or we leave our legs extended

We take a breath and bring the left leg backwards, we rest the knee on the floor, we can adjust the hands, we take care of the alignments; the ankle under the knee, and once we become aware of the points of support on the ground, we extend our arms above, inhaling deeply, feeling how the arms extend from the shoulders to the fingers of the hands, feeling the support and connection with the ground, the support of your feet, of your knee; we support the palms of our hands and bring the right leg backwards, we adjust our hands, our feet

The hips push backward and upward, we relax the crown of the head towards the ground and we breathe, we take air, we hold the posture, one more inhalation

Exhale

And we take a breath, the sight to the front, we transfer the strength to the arms

And we lower the body gently, until we rest the whole body on the ground, we support the forehead, we adjust the hands under the shoulders, the elbows push towards the back, we feel the alignment from the head along the back, the legs push the elbows to the back, the legs push the elbows to the back

little toes

We take a breath and get ready for the cobra

We inhale half a full cobra, And we rest the pelvis, push down, shoulders back; connect with your breath, while holding the posture for a few seconds

And we transfer the strength, the support to the feet, the hips push backward and upward

Forward view, we bring the left leg forward

We support the right leg, extend the arms upward

Inhale and exhale, we inhale one more time, and rest our hands on the ground

We bring the right leg forward, bend the knees, relax the neck, shoulders

We notice the support of the feet on the ground and slowly raise our back, one vertebra at a time, arms up, and to the center

And now, let's go to the other side, same sequence

Inhale at the top, exhale, bring the hands to the feet, relax the neck, relax the shoulders, we notice the support of the feet on the ground, little toes active

We bring the right leg backwards; we extend our arms upward, we rest in the posture, we feel how the points of support that we have on the ground, the knee, the foot

are used to rest, while the arms are extended upwards; we support the palms of our hands, left leg backwards; downward dog posture; we relax the neck, the head, the crown of the head

you push and to the floor

Hands and feet firm and at the same time active, we push the hips backward, upward, forward view, we transfer the force to the arms, adjust and little by little we lower the whole body

We rest our forehead on the floor; we adjust our hands under our shoulders, the pelvis pushes gently to the ground and we are lifting slowly, we support the hands cobra, we support the fingers of the feet

Downward facing dog

Inhale, front view; we bring the right leg forward, adjust; if necessary the ankle below the knee, the alignments are very important and once we are well aligned, once we feel the stability of our body, we extend our arms up; and we breathe in the posture, we support the hands and bring the left leg forward

We relax the neck, the head

And slowly, one vertebra at a time, we lift up

This sequence, if we perform it slowly, because it will help us to strengthen the body

And if we do it with more vigor, because it will help us to activate the circulation

As part of our daily routine and our intention to maintain balance, to enhance health and wellness in our life, we can include the practice of yoga, and we can start then with the "sun salutations", that will not help you, well, to strengthen our digestive system, to release tensions, to be more centered throughout the day, it will even influence in how we respond to the challenges of daily life

That's why I recommend that each day, you dedicate five or ten minutes to your yoga practice and see, observe, how you feel throughout the day

You will see that you will experience, a greater wellbeing, a greater connection with your body and you will enhance your health

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