Yoga and science: it is not just a pose!

Yoga and science: there is a lot to talk about it to discover that yoga it is not just a pose.

I emphasize the benefits of this ancient practice called Yoga that, in its full spectrum, is what I offer and what I offered through my creation FRY to help First Responders.

What is Yoga and how it can benefit First Responders

Becoming a Yoga practitioner does not mean you are trying to reach your feet with your hands or training to become a performer for the Circle du Soleil. It does not mean learning to bend over like a rag doll. Yoga is a body-mind system that can free yourself. It frees your joints and loosens the kinks within your body. It frees your mind by creating more space and helping you to differentiate without emotional engagement.

Postures are only a small part of yoga. Many other practices and techniques belonging to the yogic path can open the road to your freedom and awareness. Yoga with all its aspects such as postures (asanas), meditation, and breathwork may influence multiple psychological mechanisms, such as and just as examples denial, repression, projection, and intellectualization. It influences your emotional well-being. Yoga is not just a pose.

A Study about the Benefits of Yoga.

A 2020 study examined psychological and emotional changes across a single session of yoga. A group study made of 144 regular yoga practitioners completed measures of mindfulness, body consciousness, self-transcendence, social connectedness, positive engagement, revitalization, and tranquility immediately before and after a yoga session. The results have shown that the levels of positive emotions (engagement, tranquility, and revitalization) increased post-yoga while exhaustion decreased. What must be underlined is that the study revealed that even a single session of Hatha yoga can improve mood. Yoga with a greater emphasis on restorative postures was associated with greater self-transcendence (going beyond the perceived limits of the individual self), spirituality, and the emotion of tranquility. Yoga with a greater emphasis on breathwork was associated with greater increases in body consciousness and self-transcendence.

The full study can be read on U.S: National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health

My suggestions

As Confucius said: “I hear and I forget, I see and I remember, I do and I understand”. So, try it and through your practice, you may have an experience and through your experience, you can begin to understand things on a deeper level.

Choose the right teachers. Investigate their background, their studies, and experiences. Yoga can be beneficial but can also hurt you and mislead you to wrong beliefs. Wrong movements and improper techniques cannot give any benefit to you.

Once you have done your research, practice. Do it “all in to win it”.

Trust it and you will get the most out of your practice.

If you are a First Responder, contact FRY. I am not part of the board anymore but someone else in FRY can take care of you. FRY always got First Responders’ six