Want to be healthy, happy, fit, full of energy, excel at what you are doing and reach your goals? Try yoga. It works. The oldest yoga teacher in the world, Tao Porchon-Lynch, is 99 years old. Watch the short portrait of her and you will understand why I am so keen on yoga:
Yoga is fantastic. It has a positive impact of almost everything to do with body, mind and soul. Since I started practising it, by default in Islamabad about twenty years ago, I have never looked back. Start every morning with “pranayama” to be followed by 10-15 minutes of “asanas“.
From Islamabad to Mayfair
Once I had tried yoga with a Pakistani instructor in Islamabad I was hooked. Fortunately for me Frances Houlahan was teaching at Danceworks close to my office in Mayfair, London. So I trained with her on a regular basis. Swiftly noticed that after breathing deeply for an hour while doing the asanas stress was out the window. Felt like a million dollars and went back to the office full of energy.
Indian yoga instructors
In the Middle East I used to have mainly Indian instructors, both male and female. They taught me even more about pranayama and I learnt to do the breath of fire pranayama that I do every morning.
While living in Riyadh I managed to get a sport injury that caused an inflamed a muscle that the best doctors in the Kingdom could not cure. The inflammation simply would not go away.
Ayurveda succeeded where medical science failed
Ayurvedic medicine is linked to yoga and use plants and massages to treat such sport injuries. Found a practitioner in Dubai and after a week of daily massages, smelling foully, taking a herbal supplement and having applications of plants and herbs on the inflamed muscle, I was cured. And it should be added that during half a year I paid a fortune for specialist treatments at hospitals in Riyadh that didn’t work. And the ayurvedic treatment that worked cost a fraction of what the doctors charged me in the kingdom.
Difference between yoga and normal exercise
From looking at the video and the link above about the positive impact of yoga, I’m sure you have a good idea of what can be achieved. For those of you who don’t practice yoga, have you tried breathing deeply for an hour while you exercise? If you do you will notice a difference. Not only do you feel good like after normal exercise but also feel as if you have taken some kind of happiness drug.
It’s not for nothing that Tao Porchon-Lynch says the ancient eastern practice of yoga keeps her fit and healthy. At 98 a major reason she is still going strong is yoga. So if you feel run down, stressed and need a kick to improve all areas of your life, try yoga.
For some reason the majority of business people, apart from some Indian businessmen, don’t find time for yoga. Have a feeling many businessmen regard it as suitable for women. Lamentable since they would be more successful if they found the time for yoga.
Do you believe yoga will improve your life? Maybe you practice yoga? If so, what benefits have you noticed? If not, how would you like to improve your life? Would you like to have more energy? Better health? Perform better at work? Get rid of aces and pain? Be happy? Start reaching your goals? Like Tao be still going strong at 99? Maybe it’s time for you to try yoga? Or do you have any other suggestions that can benefit you the way yoga do?
Video: AlJazeeraEnglish – Picture: Beth Scupham