The Benefits of Yoga and the Power of 100
He’s started a new journey now – the Power of 100.
What is the power of 100? In his own words:
“It is a retreat. A 100 days Yoga retreat. Right here, right now. No need to fly to India or Tibet, right here in the middle of everything. Its also a cleansing journey, both body and mind. Exactly 100 days of Yoga, every single day. No break.”
Insane? Well, maybe. 100 days of yoga – same postures, same order, same studio, same teachers. No change. As my friend claims, “For the true self, absolute heaven. For the mind, absolute boredom…”
So why pursue such an immense task? To understand this, we need to take a deeper look. What are the true benefits of yoga? And what can the power of 100 do for your mind and body?
Originating more than 3,000 years ago in India, Yoga is an ancient practice that has helped millions establish a sense of union in mind, body and spirit. It helps bring balance to our unbalanced lives.
The benefits of yoga are two-fold. It makes us stronger physically and mentally.
Physical Benefits of Yoga
Your body is a temple. It needs to be valued and taken care of properly. Yoga is an excellent medium. The physical benefits of yoga are in abundance. Most notably, yoga is an effective way to increase your flexibility. As you fight through various postures, you lengthen your muscles and improve the range of motion of your muscles and joints. This is great for those who have tight hamstrings and lower back from over-sitting (i.e. your desk job). As such, yoga will help you alleviate any back pain you may have.
You also build strength in your muscles as you support your own bodyweight through difficult postures. Via isometric holds, your muscles will become stronger and more toned as you shed excess weight. Your endurance will increase as your cardiovascular and respiratory systems become more efficient. You will have more energy to get through your day as your sleeping improves. You will notice your hand-eye coordination improving along with your dexterity skills. Your balance and coordination will skyrocket as you learn to control your bodyweight.
On top of everything, your breathing will improve drastically. Most of us don’t put much thought into how we breathe as we do it subconsciously. Yoga is full of breathing exercises that teach us how to breathe properly by showing us how to better utilize our lungs.
Mental Benefits of Yoga
Our mind is a very powerful device but only if we know how to control it. Different postures require varying amounts of concentration that bring a sense of calmness to the mind. Yoga teaches you how to quiet the mind so you can focus your energy where it matters to you.
As you continue to improve your breathing, the simple attention to your breath is calming to the mind and it alleviates it from stress and anxiety. Yoga develops your memory and attention capabilities. Your learning efficiency improves and the overall well-being of your mind improves.
Overall, yoga is great for mental health because it does a great job of relaxing the mind. Considered a form of meditation, it provides you with a sense of inner peace and purpose. It will give you an increased awareness of your body and greater control of your mind.
“Is it possible? What will the mind be like during and after the retreat? How will the Ego enjoy the ride? Is one strong enough for something like that?”
If you’re looking for the path to your inner-self, yoga will help you find your way. It will help you become physically and mentally stronger. It will improve your physical and mental health in ways you can’t even imagine. It will guide you to a better you.
We’ll see how far my friend goes. Hopefully he does what he preaches because there’s nobody who better understands the benefits of yoga. So is one strong enough for something like that?
“I am going to find out…”