The Power Of Routine In Strong Discipline!

We would naturally assume that the mundane and routine chores are boring.

But there’s at least one area where a repetitive routine is a better way to be vividly positive and strongly disciplined.

This one is from experience. For a healthy workout to supplement Intermittent fasting, I do yoga and suryanamaskar during the fasting window.

Yoga is generally practiced in groups and under the guidance of a Yoga Master, who in turn brings in variations to keep up the participant interest.

But I want to do yoga which I learnt, at my convenient time.

This is where the routine comes in. A disciplined completion is better facilitated by following the same routine. It’s like learning it by heart.

And I manage to complete all the steps systematically and in the same order. The only change is that of the increase periodically of the number of repetitions.

Experts say one should have variations. Perhaps it’s better. But my way is sure way of doing it alone regularly.

The Power Of Routine In Strong Discipline!

Hot Or Cold! Isn’t The Other Side Greener!

I like it where I am, the hot humid Kerala. And right now we are in the pleasant hill station Coonoor, wearing a jumper to escape the cold breeze.

I like it in Kochi, where the 12 sets of suryanamaskars make me sweating profusely on to the Yoga mat in the morning. And I feel healthy.

I like the pleasant breeze across the backwaters gushing into our home through the cross ventilation.

I like the swim in the pool in the evening in the warm and welcome pool.

I like the air conditioning in the car when I drive and in the room when we sleep.

I like the wellness trip through intermittent fasting when I am in Kochi and don’t have that much will power to follow it when I travel.

And here I am in Coonoor, where I don’t have the luxury of the things I do in Kochi, except perhaps the Yoga bit, which is given a pass as some basic infrastructure is to be managed.

The good thing about it is that the other side is not green, at least for me.

Well then, do we have more people migrating to cold weather than to hot climate, for holidays! Is sun better than snow!

Judgement or excuse, something to ponder 🤔

Hot Or Cold! Isn’t The Other Side Greener!

Sarvagasana, The Mother of All Asanas

This has always been a challenge in my Yoga session. My Yoga teacher used to help in lifting the legs to get me in the position.

Now I can do it myself, and I am very happy about it. Of course I am not so straight up as in the picture, but I ensure that the weight is balanced on the shoulder which is a big requirement.

This asana must be practiced either first thing in the morning or at least four to six hours after a meal. The stomach and bowels must be empty when you practice this asana. The food ingested must be digested. As such it compliments well with intermittent fasting.

These are some amazing benefits of shoulder stand yoga pose. (Adopted from an article)

1 It helps calm the brain, cures mild depression, and relieves stress.

2 It helps stimulate the prostate glands, the thyroid glands, and the abdominal organs.

3 The neck and shoulders get a good stretch.

4 The buttocks and legs get toned.

5 Digestion is improved, and metabolism is regulated.

6 This asana relieves the symptoms of menopause.

7 Fatigue and insomnia are reduced.

8 This asana helps cure sinusitis, asthma, and infertility.

My Yoga teacher insists that ‘Matsyasana’ should follow immediately after ‘Sarvangasana’. Also please get expert help if you’re starting it new.

Sarvagasana, The Mother of All Asanas

Pranayama and Plank

Are two of the most desirable workout disciplines we should include in our exercise regimen.

I must admit that I am guilty here on both counts. That’s after learning both and recognising both as simple and doable anytime, anywhere.

As such, by posting this blog, I am urging myself and my friends here to make an earnest effort to incorporate both in our lifestyles.

Of course, plank is strenuous, requires some stamina but we don’t have to do 120 seconds till we are comfortable with it. Let’s start with 30 seconds and progress. Let’s do it once or preferably in a few sets for about 5 days a week.

But Pranayama is simple. We don’t have to do it by assuming a yogic legs on thighs posture. We can do it while sitting on a chair and relaxed. Just that we follow the correct breathing and holding steps.

I am returning to them. Let’s do the usual mutual support.

Pranayama and Plank

On Intermittent Fasting Again

I am still on it, religiously on the 16.8 schedule seven days a week.

Not very easy, to go starving from dinner to next day lunch, but discipline is something I am accused of!

The good thing about this dinner to lunch is that you don’t make other people inconvenienced. That’s, people don’t generally join or call you for breakfast; but they do for lunch and dinner.

And as part of discipline, I do 12 Surya Namaskars with 45 minuets of Yoga in the morning and alternate on half hour swimming and strength training in the evening, six days of the week.

But the weight stays constant after an initial 5 pounds loss. Of course, I started to look at the mirror again as it has started looking better.

Then the idea of sharing experiences and learning from there and a friend suggested Facebook group.

Went there to join. The best and most popular one has Just one restriction ‘women only’.

Instead of crying discrimination, let me bask in the knowledge that I am in good company.

On Intermittent Fasting Again