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Pranayama is for Everyone

Prayanama benefits us in several ways. It regulates our body's processes, reduces stress, protects us from common respiratory issues, improves sleep and digestion and so on. It also makes one feel joyful. Learning Pranayama has two elements:

1. Some guidance from a practitioner who understands every human body is different
2. Regularity, regularity and regularity

The following instructions are to help you start your Pranayama journey.

Some simple instructions to follow for Pranayama in the morning:

*Pre*

Loose dress.
Empty bowel
Take bath if weather in your city is warm
No tea/coffee or any food prior to this (last 4 hours at least).
Two classes of water, at least 10 minutes before starting. Warm water ideally.
Basic Yoga mat

*During*

No aroma of food, perfume or agarbatti nearby
Please open the window - fresh air/ventilated room is an important requirement.
Don't wear watches or trackers etc.
Turn off the fan

*Post*

Move/walk within the house for 10 minutes at least
No tea/coffee…

Breaking Free of Stereotypes

Stereotypes are widely held beliefs about a specific group of individuals, based on, but not limited to, ethnicity, gender, colour, country, religion, profession or social strata. These beliefs are about behavior, lifestyle, choices and so on. They can be loosely called to be manifestations of inductive generalisation. The essential question is, from where does one get the stereotypes.

Stereotypes being a cultural issue, it is often inherited from the most important cultural influencers in life. While this list of influencers could vary for every individual, in my case, I feel it mostly comes from family, colleagues, friends, teachers, religion, education (and educational institutions), cities and states I have lived in(10 states so far, and counting!), games such as cricket and Tennis that I follow.

An argument is forwarded sometimes that stereotyping is sometimes good because it provides an initial behavioral clue to an individual, in the absence of any other information. The hint is, that if I meet a certain Mr. Tokuyama from Japan for the first time, my beliefs about the Japanese should guide my behavioral expectations of Tokuyama san. In real life, Tokuyama san could turn out to be very different from the mental image borne by me of Japanese executives.

While it is nearly impossible to be free of all forms of stereotypes, such characterization, which at best should be treated as a hypothesis and never a firm opinion, needs to gradually improve when newer experiences happen.

The detrimental dimension of stereotype is prejudice, which negatively guides our behaviour based on our beliefs about people of specific ethnicity, colour, country, religion, profession or social strata. It is often presumptuous. Prejudice is very much internal to an individual and often stays latent for years, only getting expressed on certain trigger events.
    

Comments

Unknown said…
Nicely put. In all our lives we are playing with patterns. Patterns seen repeatedly make us comfortable. I think in a way stereotyping is also the mind's way of making patterns, and making life easier thru parsimony

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