Ali Baba and the forty thieves: How can Yoga lead to a happy end?

Yoga As an experienced brain, I can tell you that your body is not that much different from a battery. If you're flat, you have got to be recharged with energy in order to work efficiently. May sound logical, but a whole lot of people are not aware of this. Although my boss is a smart guy (of course he is, with a brain like me), he needed quite a bit of time until he realized that he needed to learn to relax properly.

A few months ago, he had to go to a conference in New Delhi, India. As always, when he is on a business trip, I had to put in overtime: all the organisational stress, jet lag, new impressions, tons of information, unfamiliar food, and a completely different culture.

Fortunately, however, he made the acquaintance of a conference participant, who was an active Yogi. No, he did not work for Hanna-Barbera studios (in case you are a Yogi bear fan), he just practiced Yoga very regularly.

What is Yoga? The word "yoga" comes from the Sanskrit root "yuj", which means "to join" or "to unite".

Yoga Yogis believe that body, mind, and spirit are in a state of constant interaction. The basic idea of Yoga is to be in harmony with oneself and one's environment by integrating the body, the mind, and the spirit. For these three to be integrated, emotion, action, and intelligence must be in balance. Three main Yoga styles were formulated in ancient times to achieve and maintain this balance and it is done through exercise, breathing, and meditation.

Yoga exercises improve circulation, stimulate the abdominal organs, and put pressure on the glandular system of the body, which can lead to better overall health. Additionally, Yoga postures simultaneously calm and stimulate me (your brain) by positively influencing my chemical balance and supplying fresh blood to me.

After this trip to India, my boss and I were very impressed by what the Yogi had told us about his relaxation techniques and decided to practice ourself. You can't imagine what a relief that was for me.

It may be that Yoga is not the right relaxation technique for you. But still... try to find your own way to recharge yourself.

Yours, Brainy


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  • 2009