These next few weeks the classes will focus on finding balance in yoga and in life, and building up the awareness to know what just you need, to find your balance.
You hear a lot about how important it is to have a good work-life balance, or a balanced diet but what does this actually mean? Theoretically an eight-hour workday followed by eight hours of free/social/family time, finishing in an eight-hour sleep would be the perfect balanced day.
However it does not quite work like that, first because most of us spend more than eight hours on work-related tasks, getting ready in the morning, commuting, preparing lunch etc. Secondly because, we are not robots.
The question is not about having a balanced life, it is about balancing you. Every person will need different combinations of activities and rest, carbs and protein, effort and ease to balance the life they are living.
For example, someone who works seated all day might find a bit more balance by cycling or walking to work, whilst someone with a
physically demanding job might benefit more from driving or taking the train to work. If you constantly feel tired, the extra hour at the gym might be better spent in bed or meditating. If you have a very social job, coming home to some alone time might recharge your batteries.
How to find your balance simply depends on what your life looks like right now, this will change every day.
A balanced yoga practice
Most of us are not completely mirror-sided, in most poses one side feels stronger, easier or more balanced. And some of us find forward folds easy whilst we struggle with back bends.
The balance between activity and rest crucial for our muscle growth, memory, injury limitation and overall health. Finding the balance between effort and ease will help us gain a better body awareness, when to not push ourselves and when to breathe through it.
By balancing our left to our right our posture and the ease in everyday tasks will improve immensely. It will also help stimulate both halves of our brain, the left side controls the right side of our body and vice versa, so by doing more things with the left side of your body you can improve functions that is controlled by the right side of your brain (and vice versa).
The left brain
- Uses logic Uses feeling
- Detail oriented “Big picture” oriented
- Facts rule Imagination rules
- Words and language Symbols and images
- Present and past Present and future
- Math and science Philosophy & religion
- Can comprehend Can “get it” (i.e. meaning)
- Knowing Believes
- Acknowledges Appreciates
- Order/pattern perception Spatial perception
- Knows object name Knows object function
- Reality based Fantasy based
- Forms strategies Presents possibilities
- Practical Impetuous
- Safe Risk taking
The right brain:
- Uses feeling
- “Big picture” oriented
- Imagination rules
- Symbols and images
- Present and future
- Philosophy & religion
- Can “get it” (i.e. meaning)
- Spatial perception
- Knows object function
- Fantasy based
- Presents possibilities
- Risk taking