There are very few things in our control regarding the environment and how it effects our body. External demands including work, daily stresses, important commitments, and variant demands act upon our body’s internal holistic thermometer. These demands stimulate the way we view ourselves in time and space and influence us in both a conscious and unconscious way; this is deemed Proprioception. (5) We can support the body’s healthy proprioceptive function and combat these demands by incorporating the holistic practice of Yoga. (2, 4, 5, 8) Yoga practice is not merely a physical exercise; it requires every physiological body function as well as unconscious levels of awareness to construct the perfect bridge connecting the mind and body to conscious and unconscious levels of awareness. (2, 4, 5, 8) Yoga allows us to cultivate an almost “6th sense” awareness of our body in time and space on a physical as well as unconscious plane of existence.
The body finds its proprioception with great efficiency in Yoga practice by observing the eight aspects, or limbs of yoga. (8) Introducing the eight limbs of yoga to our hectic lives helps us focus on living in the here and now to combat external demands placed upon us. Yoga helps keep the body and mind grounded and centered amidst the chaos of existence. Linking two limbs of yoga, mainly physical asana practice and pranayama breathing, provides the body with the perfect solution to stimulating and cultivating our own 6th sense of proprioception. Where the breath goes, the body follows; Yoga-tta Breathe to Be Bendy.
We now turn our focus and couple Yoga’s physical practice with Pranayama breathing to strengthen our body’s proprioceptive response mechanism on both the conscious and unconscious plane. This will provide a gateway into the VIP suite of our pulmonary and cardiorespiratory systems. (8) Conscious aspects of proprioception allow the yoga student to recognize his or her body’s position relative to time and space. (5) We use Pranayama breathing and yoga practice together and assist skeletal muscles in receiving the necessary oxygen to fuel the body during movement on a conscious level. Stand on one leg, and witness how the body works to right itself in efforts to balance and avoid falling. Continue reading >>