Checking in With You

Wednesday, August 03, 2011
In our previous blog, we practiced a simple asana together. Were you able to learn the poses to your satisfaction? Was the sequence easy to follow? Please share with us your experience. There is no right or wrong to what you experience.

Yoga asanas help our physical bodies (annamaya kosha), our energy bodies (pranamaya kosha), and our mental bodies (manomaya kosha). Let’s review how our asana helped you. After practicing the asana, what did you feel in your physical body? Did your muscles feel stretched? Did your joints feel open? Note any physical feelings that you experienced.

How did your energy body feel after completing the asana sequence? Did you feel refreshed, calm, connected? Ponder your response to your practice.

What did you feel in your mental body? Similar to learning any physical activity, learning a yoga asana requires us to watch the video and perform the pose at the same time. Once you learned the sequence, the mind tells the body what to do, and the poses become natural. Yoga asanas help us to focus the mind, thereby calming us. Reflect on your mental state once you learned the sequence.

Over time, yoga helps our two remaining bodies, our intelligent/intuitive body (vijnanamaya kosha) and our bliss body (anandamaya kosha). Let’s continue our practice together, exploring the inner and outer landscapes of our lives. We look forward to sharing our practice together!

Lisa Marie Bernardo, PhD, MPH, RN, HFS
Blog Info
This blog highlights the current evidence for integrating yoga into cancer care. Strategies for practicing the eight-limbs of yoga are posted and shared. Video links allow for demonstration of yoga practices that benefit everyone.
Author Bio
Lisa Marie Bernardo, PhD, RN, is a registered yoga teacher (RYT). She serves as a co-investigator on research projects related to yoga in women with osteopenia and individuals at risk for type-2 diabetes. Dr. Bernardo is an ACSM-certified Cancer Exercise Trainer and Health Fitness Specialist. She maintains a private practice in mind-body fitness using yoga, Stott-Pilates, and Gyrotonic to serve individuals with special healthcare needs.
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