Happy Healthy and Fit

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Create Tranquility! Turtle Techniques to Winning Everyday

A body full of tension is like a car stuck running in high gear.  Quickly faults will appear and both will burn out.  Remember the story of the turtle and the hare?

Yesterday when I saw a turtle slowly and methodically crossing the street, it reminded me of the importance of slo-oooooowing down.  It is no secret that turtles live so long, because they breathe and move slowly.

Racing breath and jarring movements cause unnecessary stress and dis-ease to the body.  The simple act of lengthening the breath brings a sense of tranquility to the mind.  This can be practiced anywhere. In the Far East, there is a practice of slow mindful walking, it is a form of moving meditation done to slow down the central nervous system.

In the practice of yoga, Kurmasana, or tortoise pose is known to be sacred.  Essentially, it brings out the qualities of one who is of stable mind.  The Bhagavad Gita states, "When, again as a tortoise draws its limbs in on all sides, he withdraws his senses from the objects of sense, and then his understanding is well-poised."

Practicing moving like a tortoise will bring calmness and composure whether in sorrow or joy.  This is the path to equanimity.  Whether you can get to the full of expression of Kurmasana or not does not matter.  Practicing with good intention and awareness will heed great benefits.  Emotionally, you will feel freedom from anxiety and anger.  Physically, you will lengthen and tone your spine, activate your abdominal organs and soothe the nerves of your brain.

On a higher level, observing and imitating the tortoise prepares you for Pratyahara, the fifth limb of Patajanli's Eight Limbs of Yoga: withdrawal of the senses from outside objects.

When it comes to winning in life, remember the turtle and the hare....

Being Happy Healthy and Fit means looking to nature and slowing everything down to release tension and enjoy the moment like a tranquil turtle.  Life is Short.  Make yours Magical!  Ahhhhhh Kurmasana!  Namaste~

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