Yoga believes in the existence of the mind and the body as a single entity. Energy, which is referred to as prana in yogic practice, is the vital force that travels through your mind and body. This prana may often mean breath and this is why deep breathing exercises are meant to move energy throughout the body by focusing on breath. Yoga teaches that the mind interacts with the body and the body interacts with the mind while the spirit interconnects with both. Yoga aims to strike a perfect energy balance among the mind, body, and spirit.
The body and the subconscious mind remember life’s traumatic experiences that get stored in physical form in various locations within the body. Such negative energies are normally stored in the organs, muscles, and the fascia. When the energies are allowed to stay in those locations for a long time, they become stronger and contribute to adverse health impacts including digestive disorders, increased muscle tension and increased heart rate, and rise in the body’s blood pressure levels.
Through yoga, you can allow positive energy to flow to those locations that had previously blocked the free flow of energy. The yoga movements allow for the stretching and relaxation of the fascia and the muscles by releasing energy and promoting its flow. People practising restorative yoga learn to train their body to relax, allowing the autonomous nervous system and the muscles to shed some load. While all types of yoga promote the flow of energy within the body, they work in different ways. Breathing exercises, also known as pranayama, for example, work by promoting the flow of energy through the body’s natural breathing process.
As the world continues to become more and more materialistic and people continue to run for everything to keep themselves and others “happy”, yoga can make their struggles easier by allowing them to embrace positive feelings and vent out the negative ones in a positive way.
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During the event, our media crew took the time to document some of the ongoings at the conference, as well as our own personal journey in the beautiful city of Atlanta, GA. In the streams below is some v-log footage from both days of the event, offering a taste of you can expect should you make it out to 2018’s Menfluential Conference.