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June 28, 2018 | Brandon Mills
In the movie Limitless, Bradley Cooper's character pops a pill that unlocks unbelievable focus and productivity. In essence, he becomes a superhuman version of himself. When this movie came out, I was completely fascinated by it as my own issues with ADHD (or attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder) had put me in a similar position. Without taking my medicine I was left distracted, overwhelmed and totally unmotivated. However, (in contrast) when I took the medication, I too felt like the superhuman version of myself.
The Superhuman Within
After watching the movie, everything fell into place. It seemed as if it was describing a version of my own situation. So, it’s safe to say that it resonated with me. However, with the pills come the costs. And as in most cases, they show up long-term as different physical, mental and emotional manifestations. Not to mention… I've always had a somber feeling that I needed to take medication in order to maximize my potential. This drove me on a mission the past few years to find an alternative. I kept asking myself, “what could I do to unlock my potential, find peace, nurture my relationships and have a healthy body?” Fortunately, by pure coincidence yoga entered into my life. I started with a style called Ashtanga and along with it came the Yogi Pantangali (the creator of Ashtanga) and his 8 Limbs Philosophy.
Yoga has been around for thousands of years, but only now do we have the technology and the tools to truly study it from a scientific basis. We now have the ability to unlock why it is so mentally and physically beneficial for so many of us. Less than 48 hours ago, a very talented writer named Kyli Rodriguez-Cayro [over at Bussle.com] put together some amazing points on why science backs up what our souls already tell us after we leave the mat. Kyli shed important light on some very critical points regarding how yoga interacts with our nervous system.
If you're similar to me and have spent most of your life in a flight or fight response, then you've been feeding what's called the sympathetic nervous system (which is one half of the autonomic nervous system (or ANS)). The other half of the ANS, as Kyli points out, is the parasympathetic nervous system, which promotes healthy digestion and relaxation. Studies have shown deep and diaphragmatic breathing, like practiced in yoga, can be extremely effective in controlling this stress response. From personal experience, I've realized that spending more time in my parasympathetic side, opens up the doors of focus and creativity that were only there before I was taking prescription medication. As you start to cultivate your own practice you will soon learn that breathing is just the beginning of unlocking the superhuman inside you.
To read Kyli’s full article click here:
Need A Limb For your Finances? Here’s Five
We live in exciting times when we’ve even got the “money guys” embracing the power of the 8 Limbs Philosophy! In my opinion, you need to check out an article from Money Control written by Dinesh Rohira, Founder & CEO of 5nance.com. His interesting piece highlights how you can use the 8 Limbs as a guideline for a more superhuman investment portfolio. According to Mr. Rohira, if you want to be a Master Yogi with your finances, try these 5 tips that correspond with principles Patangali set down… a few years back… around 175 BC:
Starting early in life
Have a disciplined and focus approach
Keeping away from psychological attachments
Keep consistency irrespective of setbacks
Practice different aspects of yoga
To read the full piece by Dinesh click here:
Putting Philosophy into Action
We're starting to understand that there's a lot more applications to yoga than just slipping into some tight pants and doing some stretches. From lowering your blood pressure, to applying the philosophies to increase your finances, the sky is the limit when it comes to yoga and the benefits it can have in your life.
But here's the real question you may be asking? What are the 8 Limbs and where can I start to learn more about them?
Well, for starters… how about you join Remedy Hike on Monday July 2nd, from 9:30AM - 11:30AM as we launch our newest initiative on Vancouver Island in the beautiful Cowichan Valley. We're lucky enough to have the incomparable Deborah Carruthers and the gorgeous outdoor setting of Stoney Hill Park to bring together this workshop on the 8 Limbs of Yoga. Come out and learn from a Yogi Master with decades of experience, as she will give us her insight into why we do yoga, what the benefits are, and most importantly how we can apply all of these perspectives (limbs) to our day-to-day lives. Through love, compassion, practice and knowledge, Deb will guide and teach us how to use yoga to truly become superheroes for ourselves and in our own communities.
We have no doubt that you will walk away from this workshop feeling energized, rejuvenated and inspired. We hope to see you there.
Friday Fun Fact:
According to the United Nations, as of 2018, over 2 Billion people practice yoga. Why? Their answer. "Because it works!"
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