First Responders’ 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.
We would like to emphasize the benefits of this ancient practice called Yoga that, in its full spectrum, is what FRY offers to First Responders plus more.
What is Yoga and how it can benefits 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. Doe not mean learning to bend over like a rag doll. Yoga is a body-mind system that has the ability to free yourself. It frees your joints and loosen 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 little 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, intellectualization. It influences your emotional well-being. Yoga is not just a pose.
A Study about the benefits of Yoga. First Responders need it
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 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
What F.R.Y. suggests to our First Responders
Our suggestion? 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 yourself and mislead you to some 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. FRY The APP is here to help with hundreds of follow along videos, mind-set suggestions, live classes and events, meditation, breathwork and specialized classes. All that available anytime, anywhere at a push of a button. Download the APP by using the links available on www.FRYCanada.com
F.R.Y.’s got your six!