The unMISSABLE step to complete yogic practice and enhance performance
Successfully sown the seeds of activity, but fail to water them every day? Or already active and steady but stagnated at a plateau? However you choose to describe your fitness progress so far, it’s soon going to change, read on!
Whether you’ve recently hopped onto the fitness bandwagon or for long been a pro, you must have surely been fascinated to see how those freezing February mornings were no alibis for yogis and how those fitness buffs kept their spirits soaring despite all the soreness.
Surely, something special about them for always being in the zone, right?
But wait a minute, we hope you do remember 'that' something ‘special’ vested in each one of us and the key to motivating it. But before we talk about that here’s something we wish to let you know.
In fitness as in life, you can ensure to sustain your A-game, if your performance stems from a strong foundation of simplicity and consistency. For newbies, consistency may be the simple step to success. As for veterans, consistently returning to the simple things may be the path to uplevel performance. Read on to know more.
The simple things
Just as the brewing of a lull fortifies the intensity of a storm. A lull in the guise of a pause can help you storm out of stagnation and thrive in your performance.
That’s right! While we may view pause as a growth constraint, it is practically fruitful to allow your body to pause as a necessary step to warm-up.
Not your regular warm-up!
By this warm-up, we do not mean a series of jumping jacks, body stretches or fast-paced repetitions but preparing the body both physically and energetically.Doing that something every day that melts away all the stress, chaos, inflexibility, and dullness.How about taking some time out and mindfully giving your body the loving strokes of a body massage to summon that unwavering strength vested deep within and channeling marmic energies.
A special kind of prep-up
If you’re a yogi, dancer, gymnast or into any kind of physical activity, you’d be aware of certain prep-ups. But do you know of this something special that you can do to warm your body up and cool off your mind before plunging into practice? Something that subtly sends you to a focussed and meditative state of mind and pumps your body up for the upcoming activity. Every morning right after waking up and just before throwing yourself into action, why not give your body a new kind of a gentle warm-up that opens your marmas and motivates them to strengthen practice.
What’s the need for such a warm up?
According to Ayurveda, the body must undergo a series of daily practices just before exercise for better efficiency. Propelling the body straight into exercise immediately on rising, is not only ineffective but also very strenuous. Most yogis would agree that any form of intense physical activity, especially in the morning, can be very vata aggravating.
Ayurvedic self-massage or abhyanga as it is called in Sanskrit is the best form of prepping up to establish optimum balance in the body. Since Ayurvedic oils are methodically prepared to keep in mind the practical needs of exercising, massaging with an appropriate Vata-Kapha balancing and warming oil may be one of the unmissable steps to enhancing performance.
And that’s essentially why oiling your body is a crucial step mentioned in all Ayurvedic Dinacharya or lifestyle. This step features after 4-5 other daily rituals and just before starting any form of exercise.
Oil massage is the perfect way to shake off all signs of lethargy from the body and transcend the practice into an immersive, interactive, and elaborate experience.
For its many benefits, revered ayurvedic texts recommended people actively into fitness to indulge in a 5-10 minute long oil massage, every morning. The massage is recommended to be followed by placing a hot towel over your body and consciously wiping off all the oil. This simple morning ritual is beneficial for everyone, those seeking motivation to be consistent or those willing to make their yogic practice complete and more holistic. Apart from completing yogic practice and providing vitality to the body, an oil massage can essentially promote focus and soothe muscles. In case, you're into an intense workout, you may even apply the oils during evenings when you wish to grab an instant boost of energy.
But wait a sec, obviously, you don’t want to be all oily and sticky just before exercise, right?