Attaining the “Yoga” Body and Spirit: Is It Possible?

Theoretically, yoga is a means to attain the perfect unison of mind, body and spirit. At the very heart of ancient yogic wisdom is the belief that this ancient practice is actually a well-defined path leading to self-realization and the ultimate evolution of universal consciousness.However, there are many among us, who keep on complaining that the modern yoga instructors and teachers are too focused on perfecting physical postures with too little attention to its “psychological” facet. Yes, there are a few centers that do include meditation but then there are others that completely do away with meditation as well.There so many among us who keep on questioning the slow but steady demise of the “spiritual” element of yoga. It was more than two thousand years ago when Patanjali, the famous sage had clearly expounded on the system of yoga where he had put little emphasis on physical exercise. Pranayama, however, was given precedence. It has also been pointed out that earlier, pranayama and hatha yoga practices were so important that there was no need to mention them when we uttered the word “yoga”. They were synonymous. People automatically understood that one’s practice was incomplete with these elements. People, in general, lived very harmonious lives on those days – so much so that they didn’t even need to be “painstakingly” attentive to body consciousness.

So, the question is – “Is it even possible to have yoga body and spirit today?” Let us explore our answer to this particular question.Estimating possibilitiesNow, much to the joy of those seeking to nourish their spiritual fact, it is not totally impossible to attain the much-coveted union of mind, body, and spirit even when we are all too worried about the modern emphasis on body consciousness. How can we ensure that? We will find out!You can begin your entire spiritual pursuit with a thorough self-analysis. At first, try and figure out where you stand spiritually. With all the materialistic or worldly temptations today, it does get difficult for us to attain the spiritual balance. However, you can still think about attaining your goals by being a little observant and introspective. Where do you stand spiritually in this materialistic world? What role do the four basic urges – namely, food, sleep, sex and your efforts of self-preservation play in your life? It is important to regulate these urges as you continue expanding your yogic horizon. If you fail to regulate them properly you will actually not be able to experience the positives that life has to offer you.

There are many centers that say that pranayama should be practiced only after you have mastered the asanas. However, let’s not forget that it takes years to perfect asanas. So instead of holding your pranayama for so long, you can actually practice both the postures and meditation simultaneously and keep on monitoring your spiritual framework on a constant basis.In short, it is not altogether impossible to aim for a spiritual and physical harmony if your endeavors are geared in accordance.

An Analysis of Training Rates and Expenses Post-Global Financial Crisis

As the world rebounds from the effects of the crisis, consumers and businesses are gaining back some of the ground it lost and slowly the economy picks itself up again.

Following the total economic collapse, many training facilities and consultants dropped their rates to remain afloat during the financial collapse. A decrease in rates were offered to keep the cash flow and service provision rolling with many decreasing their profit margins just to remain open for business.

The rates of training facilities were drastically reduced but more than half a decade down the road since 2008, the rates that the training industry has been providing is nowhere near sustainable. As inflation continues to rise, operation costs, administrative expenses and overhead budgets increase annually, it’s inevitable that the rates of training facilities will revert back to where they were in 2007, pre-financial crisis.

The training and education sector experienced numerous challenges as a result of the global economic crash. Following the significant contraction in 2009, the various sectors from tourism, to sales to education have steadily rebounded with a steady annual increase in production.

As a majority of the Western Hemisphere has shown sustained recovery beginning around 2012, there is a positive outlook with projections marking a continued upward trajectory as time progresses.

During the crisis, there was an increase in outsourcing of training as many businesses and individuals sought to cut costs and opted for virtual training. However, while it was a good temporary solution given the financial hardships, many studies have found that virtual training has advantages but it cannot surpass the quality and interaction of face-to-face trainings.

As the economy rebounds, more business have larger budgets to spend and individuals looking to enhance their resume for employment have more livelihood opportunities, there is an increase in training demand.

This would most likely result in the subsequent rise in the cost of training facilities with more and more people opting to receive more additional lessons and courses as the economy becomes more stable. Such a rise could rejuvenate the training and education sector allowing providers to provide high-quality services and enhanced educational facilities.

Even as the cost of training rises, here is a quick list of why you should still pursue advanced education and training:

• There is nothing more worthy of investment than yourself. What better investment is there than education that will enhance your knowledge, skills and attitudes for better employment marketability;
• Training in your desired field will expose you to the latest trends and knowledge;
• Gain creative and critical thinking skills that will allow you to mold and change the environment in which you operate; and
• Further studies will enable you to meet colleagues expanding your social and professional network.

Nurture and develop your skills to elevate your employability and increase your chances of improving your career.

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Salah Banna
Director at Training Choice