Hey everybody! Your host, Jessica Kaushik here.

Have you ever heard the saying: eat like it matters? I used to visit Hong Kong frequently, when I lived in Macau, and eat at Mana. Eat like it matters was their tagline. Made great sense for a vegetarian take-away!

No matter, it got me thinking admits the radical & turbulent times we are facing and to that end I wrote an article; part of which I will share with you now:

“I, for one, find that my often-hour-long morning sessions on the mat are just not good enough to keep my burgeoning anxieties at bay. As a 20+ year yoga practitioner and trained yoga teacher, I attribute my yoga practice as one of the biggest defenses against years of Mental Illness.

I religiously roll out my mat to practice yoga, almost every day, and that helps me center myself and start off right with the utmost calmness. But during the beginning of lockdown the stress was quickly decimating my well-being.

I quickly found myself needing to do some quick (10-minute) asana and meditation sessions to maintain and extend my grounding and well-being through the day. Short 10-min sessions helped me immensely and gave me a new way of looking at the Yoga exercises – not just once-a-day on the mat but also continually off-the-mat.” 

Suffice it to say, navigating my mental health is one of the main reasons today that I founded YOGA HAPPY HOUR. With that I introduce a new hashtag #yogalikeitmatters ‘Cuz I am 100% certain it can help you too!

I don’t pretend to know your why for being here – am grateful that you are – but I’d also like to understand. So, do consider sharing what it is, below?

If you are just beginning yoga – here’s a little research to help you along.

The purpose of yoga according to David Surrenda who was CEO @ Kripalau in 2012, says: in “the original context of yoga was spiritual development practices to train the body and mind to self observe and become aware of their own nature. The purposes of yoga were to cultivate discernment, awareness, self-regulation and higher consciousness in the individual.”

He went on to say “yes, one can increase muscle mass and decrease waist size, but that’s not the real goal. Much of the yoga practiced today has actually become the antithesis of yoga as it is meant to be.”

Further UMC Rochester builds on that, arguing yoga’s benefits:Yoga can make you stronger and more flexible. It’s a great way to stay limber and energetic. You’ll also feel more focused and alert. And yoga can help you feel great and function better in your daily life. Yoga can also help improve these conditions:

  • High blood pressure
  • Trouble breathing (Anxiety)
  • Tension or stress
  • Depression”

If those aren’t good enough reasons to practice yoga, I don’t know what is. I for one can promise you – even after 10 minutes you’ll feel better. So subscribe to YOGA HAPPY HOUR today and yoga like it matters!

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