opinionBy Kamlesh Vohora
The quest for eternal youth is universal and never ending. Even the earliest records of human civilizations provide evidence of elixirs and potions used to preserve youth and beauty, while numerous scientists today are engaged in a search for new techniques with which to hold the ageing process at bay. Millions of pounds are spent by the public each year on anti-ageing creams and body treatments and some people resort to cosmetic surgery to restore the appearance of youth.
Much of the effort is futile. Creams cannot perform miracles an d cosmetic surgery merely provides a temporary reprieve that usually leads to further and more drastic encounters with the surgeon' scalpel. But even though we cannot reverse the ageing process altogether, we can learn to outwit the process so we can stay young and full of energy for a great length of time.
To most people the word youthful conjures up someone with boundless energy and an inquisitive mind, a person with a beautifully toned and flexible body, sparkling eyes and a glowing complexion and I can affirm that the ancient system\of yoga combined with movement so the body flows in smooth, graceful motion. As the spine becomes more flexible energy flows more freely throughout the system, increasing vitality, while correct yoga breathing rejuvenates the entire mind and body.
There is a proverb in yoga philosophy that says that the day you begin your yoga practice the age clock stops. Yoga exercises also regulate the metabolism so there is no weight gain or loss.
The ageing body
The first signs of ageing are physical with skin and muscles beginning to sag. We refer to this slackened\ muscle as flab and ridding ourselves of it is considered a prerequisite to maintaining a youthful, attractive appearance. The intense stretching of the muscles that take place in yoga will not only tighten and tone each muscle group but will also eliminate the fat cells around each muscle. The result will be a tight and firm body with no excess flab.
As people age they also tend to feel lethargic node totally lacking in energy. Most people lead sedentary lives and never quite make the commitment to improving their physical health until something goes wrong. This can be a dangerous attitude. It is far more important to take preventive measures than to take good health for granted and then try to find a cure after illness has struck. This is where the yoga philosophy comes in, for it is a well developed science that maintains the body to its highest standard.
The ageing mind
Many people fear the prospect of growing old and see it as inevitably a negative experience. However, the saying that you are as old as you look and feel has a lot of truth in it. If you feel old you will look dramatically different from a person with a youthful attitude I am sure we all know people who seem to have been born old. Their bodies are stiff and they seem to lack a sense of joy and spontaneity. A person who has excellent health and enjoys daily living is much more attractive any age than a dull person who complains constantly about getting old. The secret of staying young is to have an agile and curious mind that is constantly fascinated by new thoughts and trends. It is important to feed brain cells with a fresh blood supply to combat senility and memory loss and in yoga we perform postures where the legs are positioned over the head to allow the blood to rush to the brain cells with a fresh blood supply to combat senility and memory loss and in yoga we perform postures where the legs are positioned over the head to allow the blood to rush to the brain to sooth the nervous sstem.
Many people believe that degenerative diseases such as arthritis, osteoprosis and urinary and digestive disorders are synonymous with growing old. This is a myth for we can prolong good health by learning to be in tune with our bodies. Yoga exercises boost the entire system to help prevent ill health from occurring in any age group.
In yoga philosophy, breathing is the essence of each movement. Every exercise begins with a deep\inhalation and this breath is directed into the bloodstream. The way you breathe has a direct effect on how young you look. A shallow breath does not have a chance to circulate through the internal organs as well as an intense breath, which directly enters each cell and rejuvenates it.
Most people breathe from the chest bad raise their shoulders simultaneously so the breath is restricted. In fact the correct action is in the lower abdomen only so that the lungs are able to fill to their full capacity. During the yoga exercises the breath moves into a specific organ that is being stimulated. Many ailments can be cured through breathing exercises. Please health is the biggest capital one has which should be worshipped.
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