|Reasons for practice?
Here come the first five:
Reason number one: flexibility
Improved flexibility is one of the first and most obvious benefits of Zenyoga practice. On your first class you probably won't be able to touch your toes, or venture into more demanding backbends. But if you manage to stay persistent, you will notice how stiffness gradually disappears and how previously impossible positions are becoming possible. You will notice how physical pains that you might have had for years slowly disappear. That is not accidental. For instance, stiff hips can cause tension in the knee joint, because of the disposition of femur and fibula. Stiff back side of the leg can cause flattening of the lumbar spine, which causes pain in lower back. Stiffness of muscles and connective tissue often causes bad posture which is common cause of many discomforts.
||How to practice mindfulness?
In Buddhist meditation, body is the main ground for the practice of mindfulness - while standing, sitting, lying and moving.
At first, it might seem easy. To attain it, it requires a lot of persistent practice and studying.
Perhaps the best metaphor for the cultivation of the awareness of the body is the work of a sculptor: at the beginning it is hard to grasp the whole sculpture, just like the posture or exercise is far from the full inner experience. Experiencing the body not through the concept about it, but through the direct experience and awareness of it, is a gradual process. It develops in few stages:
1. The basic level deals with proper alignment of the posture and the proper execution of the movement. The practitioner is aware of his or her body while attempting to do the right movement. Among other things, it means being aware of the starting point, the course of the exercise and the end of it. Alignment in the asana requires economical use of the physical potential, of tensing and relaxing. Moving between them requires smoothness, without unnecessary or extra movements.