How can you elevate your strength and serenity, your ability to access resilience and relaxation?
The origins to the answer lie in ancient History, but we are finally able to describe its mechanism of action in modern, scientific terms.
When we talk about the Intelligent Body, enhancing energy and anti-aging, we are referring to restoring the body’s best abilities.
In terms of biology, we are amazing creatures: our bodies and biorhythms are highly tuned marvels of evolution.
From our biology sprouted cognition - our mind - and eventually the advent and development of organized society.
The building blocks of our biology are our genes.
When we interact with them properly, we are able to feel, look and perform to our best levels.
The prevailing thought for many years was that our genes were set in stone - what we got from the genetic lottery determined our experience in this life, and that was that.
However, we have recently discovered that there is more to the story.
Epigenetics - the study of gene expression - has uncovered the reality that our behaviors are a factor in determining our levels of health, well-being, and performance:
Data suggest[s] that yoga and related practices result in rapid gene expression alterations which may be the basis for their longer term cell biological and higher level health effects.
It appears that the age old question of nature vs nurture has an answer: it’s both.
Yoga, however, may mean more than you think.
Yoga is much more than a series of postures derived from India, more than images of a smiling buddha figure, more than sanskrit platitudes and sandalwood incense burning.
Many cultures have a history of what can be considered yogic practice - that is, combining mind and movement in an effort to “yoke”or “unite” oneself with the world-at-large.
Today’s version of yoga in the West is often some type of variation on traditional postures and poses, perhaps paired with a hot room, hip-hop music, or even beer - with a healthy dose of cultural appropriation thrown in for good measure.
Jaguar Fit departs from these stereotypes by looking at the roots of yogic and meditative practices from across a variety of cultures, utilizing the commonalities between each approach to provide a direct path to “yoga” or “union” of your mind and body, which we call the Intelligent Body.
Movement, meditation, and active recovery techniques are designed to target your endocrine system - the medical representation of your Intelligent Body:
The endocrine system is the collection of glands that produce hormones that regulate metabolism, growth and development, tissue function, sexual function, reproduction, sleep, and mood, among other things. The endocrine system is made up of the pituitary gland, thyroid gland, parathyroid glands, adrenal glands, pancreas, ovaries (in females) and testicles (in males), the Mayo Clinic notes. The word endocrine derives from the Greek words "endo," meaning within, and "crinis," meaning to secrete, according to Health Mentor Online. In general, a gland selects and removes materials from the blood, processes them and secretes the finished chemical product for use somewhere in the body. The endocrine system affects almost every organ and cell in the body, according to the Merck Manual.
By addressing and optimizing your Intelligent Body - as countless mystics, martial artists, and performing artists have throughout history - you will be able to experience the potential of your performance and well-being.
This paves the way for you to live in a more aware and adaptable state - defeating stress, elevating your performance, and improving the foundation of your well-being.
What are you waiting for?
Check out the podcast called A More Physical Form of Mindfulness for an elegant conversation describing the intelligence of the body from the perspective of “embodied cognition”, an emerging aspect of neuroscience.