“No Pain No Gain” This statement could not be further from the truth. It is the belief of the traditional Hatha Yogis, that to cause pain to your body is being disrespectful to oneself. Why would you want to punish the very body you expect to support you in health and wellbeing to the end of your days?
We live in a word that is always pushing us to do more. Be a super mum/dad, climbing the job ladder, hang onto the job we have, always looking over our shoulders as the younger generation is “nipping at our heals”, extend your home, or move to a larger property, get into the housing market, and go on an overseas holiday. Have it all, do it all. But in my working experience, I see so many people that are exhausted, stressed, depressed and just plain feeling as if they are not good enough, coping like everyone else, having achieved what other have. But the reality is that no one can sustain this life-style of continuous pressure before their health takes a toll.
So then, at work we are invited to attend the gym, an exercise class perhaps, and yes, even a lunch time power walk. All of which are wonderful. But are we competing with our fellow workers, are we encouraged just to “Step it up a little” get the “adrenaline pumping”? We hear things like “I had a great session, it nearly killed me”. What is that telling your body and mind?
All of this “push” to go the extra distance; I believe will add to the anxiety, stress, and feelings of inadequacies. Isn’t it strange we push ourselves at work, in life generally and to relax we push ourselves again?
There is an alternative, and we are seeing a huge change in the general mind set of people to be mindful and seek calmer activities that have a low impact on the body and the mind. We are never going to convince the die-hards that love to push themselves beyond the “Pain Barrier” and that’s fine, but let us gives people a choice, whereby they don’t feel they are not strong enough, not good enough or tough enough.
To do gentle exercises with the correct breathing and knowledge of alignment of the exercise, even at the workstation, will give strength, reduction in aches and pains and clarity of mind like nothing else.
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As exams for year 11 and 12s swiftly approaches you can feel the tension rising for the students and teachers alike. Students are under a phenomenal amount of stress anxiety which can in some cases, lead to required medical intervention to get them through this period of time. The adolescents pin all their dreams on the one end result and that is also reinforced by parents, media etc. It’s as if the world ends if you do not get the right enter score. If we look at great many successful people they are told they will never amount to anything, they’ll be of no value to society but, of course we know they have gone on and been hugely successful. People like Richard Branson and Lindsay Fox.
So while these Year 11 and 12 exams are very important, I do not believe the level of stress that is placed on these adolescents is necessary. So very often at this tender age, we don’t know what we want to do, or the possibilities that are out there. Adult education can always be picked up at any given time and goals can be reached through alternate learning systems.
For the teachers, they are very nervous as to whether they have done everything in their power to help their students through this stressful, painful, traumatic period of time. Therefore we have two groups wanting an amazing outcome but are both stressed on the way through.
Is this teaching our adolescents how to deal with milestones in their life? I think not. Is this educating our adolescents to traumatise their body each and every time an even in their life is presented? I would say yes. There are much better ways to help our adolescents through this period of time.
One that we’re starting to hear more about is the benefit of meditation (some call it mindfulness). The benefits and the reduction in stress as an outcome, also breathing reduces stress, clears the mind and adds a strength that is void when these techniques are not executed correctly and efficiently. We also know by using our hands in many and varied ways works on the meridians and can also calm the mind, reduce anxiety leaving the user clear-thinking, unfrazzled, and will greatly assist in the user achieving their outcomes.
In this mix we need to put the value of eating live, healthy food. Our adolescents know this, therefore we do not need to lecture them on it, however they do need guidance and from time to time, a reminder. It’s well documented that food sustains the body, energizes and stops the 3pm slack attack/brain drain. Sleep also, is paramount to rest the body and mind and to prepare for the next day.
When you learn the techniques to calm the mind, as well as the best sleeping position, what to and not to eat or drink before you go to bed, how long you use electronics or have social interaction, this will make a huge difference as to whether we have a calm, quiet, rejuvenating sleep, or a night of turmoil leaving us ill-prepared for the day to follow.
There is so much in media that fills our head in preparation for exams; it can be misinterpreted when we are so stressed. Therefore we must have the correct information that is clear and succinct in its delivery so our adolescents do not think it’s a good idea to have a fast day the day before exams.
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