Strength and vitality are further enhanced with informed choices
The body achieves balance when an individual consciously makes movements and moves muscles during exercise. Exercise (fitness, cardio training, gym workout, etc.) is a physical endeavor. These activities indisputably help burn calories, strengthen the heart, shape muscles and figure. Yoga, on the other hand, is an exercise that completely and consciously separates the mind from the body. Exercises like yoga calm the mind and relieve stress. A new generation of professionals seeks to unite these seemingly conflicting skills so that a person simultaneously focuses on breathing, sweating, muscle activation, and unifying, mind and body. The brain is an organ. The mind is an embodied process — neurobiology explains. Incarnation means that the mind is more than happening in the head, i.e. it extends to the whole body. Everything the body physically experiences affects the mental process that happens everywhere in the body. The connection of mind and body goes in another direction as well. For example, if a person hears a loud sound, that person gets scared. The connection between body and mind weakens the more stressed a person is and the less often he/she engages in physical activities. The body and mind become more complete with conscious exercise when a person makes movements with full attention and at the same time notices the environment. For example, if we have weak gluteus muscles for squats we will use the wrong group of muscles – we will strengthen the quadriceps more while the back part will remain inactive. It takes the power of presence for a person to more consciously activate muscles that are sluggish. Practicing conscious exercise prevents injuries and a person learns compassion. Over time, the body becomes healthier, more vital and stronger and there are no major injuries.
5 Ways To Introduce Mindfulness In Physical Activity
- Feeling your own body – try to feel your own body. What feeling is present in the legs, pelvis, abdomen or back. Mentally scan the body from head to toe. Has there been a feeling of emptiness or stagnation in some organs? Areas where you feel heaviness (or stagnation) or energy blockage are gently massaged with your fingers to awaken parts of the body that were unconsciously loaded during the day.
- Focus-can be found in repetitive repetitions of exercises / movements, in turning the pedals of an exercise bike, lowering the feet when walking, moving the joints, rhythm of breath, proper posture. Try to hear every sigh and exhale. Observe how the breath changes with the intensity of the exercises. When you notice that your thoughts are wandering, return to the selected anchorages no matter how many times the mind wanders during exercise.
- Intention-reason for exercise can be a great motivator (weight reduction, strengthening immunity, relieving stress, improving mood and the like).
- Music-is an important factor in exercise. Choose gentle and ambient compositions of deeper tones (for example, sounds from nature) that do not distract the person from the present moment.
- Patience and rationality – become aware of negative thoughts and turn such thoughts to your advantage by changing the conclusions of judgment. The movements of each person are the result of many factors (enough sleep, diet, amount of exercise, health problems, etc.). Improving your lifestyle and observing progress compared to your own abilities greatly help to achieve better and more realistic results.
U.S. researchers at the University of Louisville have found that with increasing ability to concentrate at the present moment — the frequency and regularity of exercise increases. They interviewed 266 members of the YMCA gym. Mindfulness approach to exercise is encouraged by yoga, Pilates, tai chi, qi gong and some of their derivatives of body balance, jogalates, body technique and the like. Mindfulness can include any other exercise technique (cycling, dancing, medical gymnastics, etc.). Attention should be focused on multiple focal points — on the physical, mental, and spiritual dimensions — without making a distinction between physical and mental experience.