MIA

In case you’re wondering where we have been-Maureen and I have enrolled in our fall semester classes.  Needless to say we are busy gals.  Maureen has started her graduate program classes and my work load consists of Marketing, Exercise Psychology and Statistics. YES…STATISTICS. So now you know why I’ve been MIA (Missing In Action with STATISTICS).

I plan to contribute on a more regular basis now that I have a handle on everything…except STATISTICS!!

Yes..I am taking STATISTICS!!!!

 

Eight Limbs

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Funny I wish I had eight of many things: Eight million dollars…Eight brains…Eight arms.. but Eight limbs of yoga? Never really gave that much thought..

…….So now I journey into the Eightfold Path…..

In Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra, the Eightfold Path is called ashtanga, which literally means “eight limbs” See I said Eight arms!!!

The eight steps act as a guideline to live a meaningful and purposeful life. They also  serve as a direction for moral and ethical conduct  as well as self-discipline. The eight limbs of the eightfold path are meant to  direct attention toward one’s health; with this they can help us to recognize the spiritual aspects of our life.

Yamas
Yama is your attitude towards others and the world around you.

Niyamas
Niyama is how you treat yourself or your attitude towards yourself.

Asanas/ Physical Poses
The Asanas are designed to free our mind and body from tension and stress. The asanas relax, rejuvenate, and energize the body. Another goal is to bring the body and the mind into union. Asanas should be done with comfort and ease that can help one achieve a balance.

Pranayama/Breathing Exercises
Pranayama is the control of breath. The breath is regulated and controlled through the practice of breathing exercises performed during yoga (or alone). The duration of inhalation, retention, and exhalation of breath is regulated with the aim of strengthening and cleansing the nervous system and increasing a person’s source of life energy. Pranayama can help you to become a calmer and more focused person.

Prathayara/Withdrawal of the Senses
This occurs during meditation when you are focused on your Yoga and meditation can help you to focus inward and you are no longer distracted by outside events.

Dharana/Concentration
Dharana is training the mind to focus without any distraction.

Dhyana/ Meditation
Meditation is focusing the mind on one point, stilling the mind in order to perceive the Self, almost an uninterrupted flow of concentration. It can heighten your awareness.

Samadhi/Enlightenment
This is the ultimate goal of the Eight Limbs of Yoga. It is characterized by the state of ectasy and the feeling that you and the universe are one. It is a state of peace and completion, awareness and compassion with detachment.

Self Efficacy

Self-efficacy has been defined in a variety of ways: as the belief that one is capable of performing in a certain manner to attain certain goals, as a person’s belief about their capabilities to produce designated levels of performance that exercise influence over events that affect their lives.It is a belief that one has the capabilities to execute the courses of actions required to manage prospective situations. It has been described in other ways as the concept has evolved in the literature and in society: as the sense of belief that one’s actions have an effect on the environment;as a person’s judgment of his or her capabilities based on mastery criteria; a sense of a person’s competence within a specific framework, focusing on the person’s assessment of their abilities to perform specific tasks in relation to goals and standards rather than in comparison with others’ capabilities. Additionally, it builds on personal past experiences of mastery. The idea of self-efficacy is one of the center points in positive psychology; this branch of psychology focuses on factors that create a meaning for individuals. It is believed that our personalized ideas of self-efficacy affect our social interactions in almost every way. Understanding how to foster the development of self-efficacy is a vitally important goal for positive psychology because it can lead to living a more productive and happy life. (Wikipedia)

But I think of it more like this….

Puff, puff, chug, chug, went the Little Blue Engine. “I think I can– I think I can– I think I can….” “Hurray, hurray,” cried the funny little clown and all the dolls and toys…. And the Little Blue Engine smiled….

W. Piper
The Little Engine that Could