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The mind is the fastest thing in the world.
Buddha



According to WHO, in the modern world about 95% of people can be described as unhealthy (Agarwal, 2018) and the main cause of almost 90% of health problems is lack of balance between stress and relaxation. Our stress response designed by the evolution to protect us, in the contemporary world sabotages our life. Modern research also suggests that physical activity not only slows down the ageing process and prevents the most common diseases, but also helps instantly remove stress hormones from the body (Abou Elmagd, 2016).

Originally, Vinyasa Yoga was a gentle and deeply transformative practice designed to improve health, unblock energy flow in the body and allow the yogi to sink deep in meditative states without obstacles. It was an approach which supported regular, tranquil contemplation similar to body-awareness meditation (kaya satipatthana). This however, did not have to involve hour-long routines. For the majority of people practice not longer than 20 minutes served the best.

The ability to deeply relax, slow down thoughts and remain relaxed, yet highly alert can dramatically improve every aspect of our life: from physical and mental wellbeing to mastering any professional discipline. If we had to choose one skill that guarantees progress on both personal and professional level, this would be the combination and balance of deep focus and inner surrender. This three-week course involves short relaxation 'rituals', short challenges which anyone can adjust to themselves.

The course is designed based on decades of yoga practice and research to give the maximum health benefits in the most efficient way. The main principles are summarized in 4 points below:

1. setting intention, or rather gradual development of motivation;
2. gentle and slow short sequences in the rhythm of
3. prolonged breathing which is almost undetectable;
4. resting once a week in viparita karani, or more often.

Flexibility is reached through practicing in a very relaxed state, allowing gradual progtrss without negative side effects (see post about flexibility).

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References
Agarwal S.K. 2018. Yoga in Health and Disease: Medical benefits of yoga, CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Abou Elmagd, M. 2016. Benefits, need and importance of daily exercise, International Journal of Physical Education, Sports and Health 22
Public Health England 2021. Better Health Adult Obesity, Survey topline results on www.nhs.uk/betterhealth

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