YOGA AND HANDICAP:
Since 1984 Kalpa Vriksha Satyananda has actively cooperated with social-therapeutic Centres, cooperatives hosting physical, mental or psychological disabled people spread on a range of age between 16 and 50 years old. The results verified by the educationists who followed the Yoga activities have been more than positives. The benefits verified, in different manners for each subject, can be summed up in the following points:
- Restoration of the correct structure of the spine, toning up of muscles, improvement of the breathing capacity and of the sensory perceptions, removal of rigidity from joints, improvement of blood circulation.
- Increase of the awareness of one’s own body, giving the handicapped person the benefit to feel to exist as a person and not as a body-object.
- Removal of energetic blocks caused by sedentariness, by disordered feeding and by tensions with clear reduction of hypereccitation, self-destructive behaviour, aggressiveness, lethargy and apathy.
- Acquirement of a relaxed psychophysical attitude that favours more tolerance, more stable behaviours, better cooperation and socialization in general.
- Development of the ability to express emotions and feelings; overcoming of fears and limitations.
YOGA AND AGONISTICS:
A training program in sport based only on physical aspects may be reductive and insufficient to build up a great athlete or a great team. Performances in sport may be conditioned by the emotional state of the athlete, by the environment that surrounds him, by the degree of self confidence, by interferences caused by tension and anxiety. Technical mistakes during training may generate negative impressions that go deep into unconscious and, if not removed, reduce the quality of the results. To erase these psychological barriers it is necessary to modify the mental habit toward one’s potential. Yoga techniques of creative visualization are an excellent method to strengthen self confidence and cross out limitations imposed by the mind on the body, to learn to think in a “winner” way, to correct technical errors, to accelerate the time of reaction, to develop the attitude to the “detachment from action" and then to observation of any failure, without negative or destructive judgment, quickly coming back in good shape with new energy.