Scientific studies of Iyengar yoga

A friend of mine posted a link to this compilation of research article on Iyengar yoga until 2012. It’s very well summarized, so if you’re interested in the benefits of Iyengar yoga have a look!

 

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Remember: you vote every day

Every day, you make hundreds, maybe thousands, of choices. And through many of the decisions you take, you have a direct impact on the world that surrounds you and the planet on a larger scale.

So, lead by example. Be the change you want to see. 

It sounds like pep talk, I know.

There is a well-known quote by Tolstoy which goes Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself”. 

Change does not need to be revolutionary. It does not need to be complicated. It does not need to be big. It does not even need to feel like change! The important is that you have the power to change, the power to choose. Every day.

Through what you buy, you have a bigger influence than you expect on the economy. The law of supply and demand still holds. If there is no demand for a product, the supply will parish. So take your consumer power back! If you’re worried about climate change, you can decide to lower your animal product consumption. Buy beans and rice instead of chicken and rice. Make a tofu stir-fry instead of a minced beef stir-fry. Take it easy, and go at it step-by-step, knowing that every little change adds up in the end.

If you’re concerned by intolerance, whether it is religious, racial or sexual, be kind. Be kinder. If you meet someone with a different world view than yours, which you deem as intolerant, be kind. Don’t label them as intolerant. Instead, try to understand them by asking genuine questions. Most of us don’t think deeply about our beliefs everyday, and sometimes we don’t really know why we think the way we think. I find that putting things into perspective can be helpful. It’s easy to be scared of the unknown, but what if a friend, a family member or even our own life was saved by a person who has an opposite world view to ours? I am in no way trying to say we should accept intolerance, but that intolerance often stems from ignorance; and being intolerant with intolerant people is unlikely to solve the issue. Instead, choose to educate yourself first, and spread the knowledge around.

Spread the love through random acts of kindness. Help out that older lady with her bags, call your friends just to ask how they are, and be kind to yourself too. Take that nap! You will serve others better if you’re feeling good.

Inhale. Exhale. Change.

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