Practice of the Month


GMM promotes yoga to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee Year 

Ghantali Mitra Mandal (GMM), Member Institute of Indian Yoga Association has entered the Diamond Jubilee Year of its foundation. All at GMM are giving relentless and selfless service to society to make Yoga maximum applicable. On the eve of new year, a grand function of…

RV Institute of Management curates a certification course for senior citizens 

In a groundbreaking move, the RV Institute of Management (RVIM), Associate Centre of Indian Yoga Association has curated a month-long certification course tailored specifically for senior citizens, focusing on the Common Yoga Protocol. This innovative course is designed to cater to the unique health and…

SRD Girls Degree College organises Workshop 

SRD Girls Degree College, Hathras, Uttar Pradesh conducts 7days yoga workshop for the post graduate students in association with Indian Yoga Association (IYA). Yogacharya Sumit Kumar Singh, Member, Uttar Pradesh State Chapter, IYA was instrumental in organising the workshop.

Yog Sports Association of Bengal hosts awarness programme 

Yog Sports Association of Bengal, Associate Centre of Indian Yoga Association organises yoga awarness programme in the remote villages of West Bengal in Megha Yoga Club & Vyamagar in association with Indian Yoga Association. The awareness programs were also conducted in Darjeeling & Coochbehar for…

Jharkhand SCC conducts the 89th day celebration of Yoga Mahotsav 

On the 89th day of the ‘100 Days Countdown Yoga Mahotsav of International Yoga Day 2024,” an event sponsored by the Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga (MDNIY), New Delhi, under the Ministry of AYUSH, Government of India, took place in two sessions at Dani…

Anjali Acupressure Therapy and Yoga Center celebrates Holi 

The Anjali Acupressure Therapy and Yoga Center, Associate Centre of Indian Yoga Association, recently marked the occasion of Holi Milan at Nehru Bal Udyan with vibrant celebrations. Participants joyously engaged in the festivities, adorning each other with flower petals and applying colorful gulal tilak. Amidst…

TNSCC and GTN Arts College organises International Conference 

Tamil Nadu State Chapter of Indian Yoga Association and GTN Arts College (Autonomous), Dindigul jointly held a 2-day International Conference on Physical Education and Yoga recently. The inauguration was presided over by Dr P Balagurusamy, Principal of GTN Arts College. Dr. R. Durai, Director, GTN…

NIRAMAYA offers free training 

NIRAMAYA, Associate Centre of Indian Yoga Association continues to promote yoga and the motto of the Association to uplift the rural sector of the society. Under the rural project Yog-Chetana and Yogabhishek, NIRAMAYA is offering free yoga training to the students. In March, 2024 about…

Yoga & Happiness organises felicitation ceremony 

Yoga & Happiness, Associate Centre of Indian Yoga Association on March 24, 2024, hosted a memorable convocation and certificate distribution ceremony, honoring over 150 candidates who successfully completed their training and received prestigious certificates from both the Yoga Certification Board (YCB) and IYA. The event…

Flax Sesame Crackers 

Flax Sesame Crackers are a healthy light wheat cracker with good quantity of sesame seeds and flax seeds. Oats used in the dish are rich in antioxidants, lowers cholesterol, improves blood sugar. Flax seeds are a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids reduces inflammation and…

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17 Apr 2024


Yoga and Adaptive Resilience

Yoga and Adaptive Resilience 

As human beings, it is inevitable that we have our share of ups and downs. Something always pushes us down, throws us off-balance and makes us uneasy.
During such moments, it is imperative that we stop, take a step back and observe ourselves objectively to understand how long it takes us to bounce back to normalcy once again.
The faster we can disentangle ourselves from events of the past, the faster we begin experiencing freedom in the present.

The very sound of the word resilience captures its bouncy, rubbery quality. 99 times down, but 100 times UP!
This is where Yoga comes in, to rescue us from this vicious negative spiral of mental and emotional whirlpools that suck us down into the depths of despair.
Yoga may be understood as a conscious and evolutionary path that enables us to break free from our conditioned patterns and inherent tendencies (samskara-vasana) that are constantly fragmenting us.
Yoga enhances the “Power of Choice” ! The Superpower of Being Human!
Yoga teaches us that we need to make conscious choices to do the following:

  1. Let go of the negativities beseeching us (doshanivarana),
  2. Regain our balance, equipoise (samatvam/sthitaprajna) at the earliest,
  3. Relax ourselves so that we can rebuild and replenish our resources (nishpanda kayakalpa anukrama).
  4. Empower ourselves to efficiently face ‘repeat challenges’ by:
    a. Adopting healthy attitudes (pratipakshabhavanam, maitri, karuna etc),
    b. Enhancing flexibility of body-mind-emotions- spirit complex (hathayoga),
    c. Developing objective self-awareness (vairagya,swadhyaya)
    d. Creating positive relationships through acceptance (samabhavabhavana).

Mind, body and emotions of the individual are harmonized and brought into a state of balance by the various Yoga techniques.

The practice of jathis and kriyas helps loosen up inherent tensions, stresses, and regressed emotions. They can be then thrown out through conscious breath-body-mind workouts such as nasarga mukha bhastrika and the pawan mukta series.

Nada Yoga techniques that utilize sound power like the hakara kriya, brahma mudra and bhramari pranayama are efficient methods to release pent-up tensions. These practices produce psycho-somatic energization and create a beautiful mind-body harmony, stabilizing emotions thus teaching us to ‘let go and be free’.
Through Yogic relaxation techniques such as shavasana, we consciously overcome our self-defeating tendencies and re-invigorate ourselves physically, mentally, and emotionally.

Many studies have reported that Yoga reduces allostatic load and induces balance of autonomic nervous system. This is the keystone in developing adaptive resilience.

Yoga works on all 6 domains of resilience!

Yoga enables alignment of panchakosha, the five-fold aspects of our existence — the anatomical, physiological, psychological, discerning and universal.

Jnana yoga kriya-s and prakriya-s enable inherent healing energies to integrate, reunite and bring together fragmented parts of the individual thereby enhancing such adaptive resilience.

Yoga also empowers the spirit, developing a deep and subtle adaptive resilience that promotes the skillful stepping beyond one’s limitations, enabling self-transformation (atmabhavabhavana).

This facilitates insight, empathy and an ability to be calm and focus the mind, thus ultimately transcending all limiting traits of the individual.

Such a transformation of the individual until they manifest their fullest potential, and live life as it is meant to be, is truly the goal of Yoga itself.

Dr Ananda Balayogi Bhavanani

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