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Sun Bagua basic exercises x50 each
Sun Bagua x4 with one legged stance holding intermixed.
slow pushups, leg raises
scissor position touch opposite hand and foot x50
ice water douse
standing forward bend, seated one leg forward bend , legs spread forward bend, cow pose, baddha konasana/forward bend
corpse pose with pranayama
In light on Yoga Iyengar states that corpse pose is one of the most difficult to master even though it is the simplest. This always stuck out to me as an important statement.
"Lying flat on the ground like a corpse...destroys fatigue and quiets the agitation of the mind."
"To tame Prana depends upon the nerves. Steady smooth fine and deep breathing without any jerky motions of the body soothes the nerves and calms the mind. The stresses of modern civilization are a strain on the nerves for which savasana (corpse pose) is the best antidote." -Light on Yoga.
Originally it appears that there few asanas. Krishnamachyra/Iyengar/Jois seem to have brought more gymnastic/athletic component to yoga and asanas were added. Are all these poses needed? Focusing on perfect alignment can be beneficial but at a certain point it prevents deeper levels of relaxation as the critical mind is always involving itself in the process. Is "feeling the stretch" and pushing it as important or beneficial as moving into a position and turning the mind into a receiver that observes the phenomena happening and thereby allowing the body to release levels of tension...
So with that in mind I did some "asanas" but didn't try to stretch. Just sat in them until I felt I hit my natural level of plasticity/relaxation in that position for the day. My tension levels dropped dramatically. I stayed lying on the ground after doing pranayama and slipped into a weird deep level of relaxation. It was like being asleep but awake simultaneously. When I snapped out of it I was so relaxed that I felt like going to sleep. I took 10 minutes to stand up. I don't think humans are built to cope with the modern stresses of society. Our sympathetic nervous system response is triggered constantly at low levels by bills, jerkbags, fucked up news, work and living situations and we can't run away or smash shit. I think this stuff just keeps adding up like microtraumas to a person's psyche. If we are under these constant stresses it seems reasonable to think that our range of parasympathetic nervous system response may decrease. Maybe something as simple as lying on the floor/breathing/relaxing ala Benson/yoga/meditation etc is a way to restore a person's range.
Here is a good article by Tom Bisio on qigong. http://www.internalartsinternational.co ... ern-times/
Here's a very good book on this subject: http://www.amazon.com/Integrative-Appro ... 396&sr=8-1 The author is very into CMA.
Here's a post I wrote on this subject.
From this thread: posting.php?mode=quote&f=2&p=611292Fat Cat wrote:Yes, training is like any other stressor: too much is bad and will overcome your body's coping mechanism. Let me re-drop some science:
1. From an evolutionary psychology point of view, there are many things which are stressors, i.e. environmental challenges which we need to adapt to. These can be things as disparate as traffic on the way home, to losing your job, to bills, to a fight with your wife. Stessors: "Our name is Legion. We are many."
2. Unfortunately, while there are myriad stressors, your body has ONE adaptive tool: the so-called fight-or-flight response. This response sacrifices long term health in favor of short term survival ("allostasis") by creating a series of rapid physiologic changes with catecholamine hormones, such as adrenaline or noradrenaline, to facilitate immediate physical reactions associated with a preparation for violent muscular action. This stress response is identical whether it's a lion about to eat you or the IRS knocking at your door.
3. Under normal circumstances, once the threat subsides, your parasympathetic nervous system (PNS) returns the body to homeostasis, restoring balance.
4. Unfortunately, the degree and frequency of stress exposure in modern life is so great that it overwhelms the PNS, you have a body which is in a chronic state of stress response, which is referred to as allostatic load. At this point, long term health begins to be compromised and what develops is...
5. General Adaptation Syndrome (GAD). Alarm > Resistance > Exhaustion. Here is a model for GAD:
At the exhaustion point, all of the body's resources are eventually depleted and the body is unable to maintain normal function. The initial autonomic nervous system symptoms may reappear (sweating, raised heart rate, HYPERTENSION, etc.). If stage three is extended, long-term damage may result, as the body's immune system becomes exhausted, and bodily functions become impaired, resulting in decompensation.
So what the fuck is all this? Make a mental matrix of all the things you do, including fun things like jiujitsu, which stress your body and mind on one side. On the other, list the mitigating activities you do to replenish yourself, such as sleep, proper diet, etc. If EACH of the stressors isn't addressed with a concomitant stress management tool like meditation, qigong, massage, etc. you will find yourself edging towards allostatic load and ultimately GAD.
I have gone on long enough, but ask if you have any questions. All of this is drawn from evolutionary biology and is fairly well established. There are also methods directly designed to address this problem, such as the (Harvard School of Medicine Institute for Mind-Body Medicine) Dr. Herbert Benson method, called the relaxation response. You can reliably reduce hypertension without drugs.
Just more food for thought.