The Laws of Conditioning Yoga

Law of Outcome: Whatever we do produces an outcome, regardless of how we value that outcome. Law of Adaptation: Whatever we do over a period of time creates a change in us to find homeostasis, regardless of how we value that adaptation. Law of Progress: Whatever we do with continually increasing volume, intensity, density, or complexity becomes more easily repeatable, regardless of how we value the progress. Progression refers to the body’s adaptation to a certain repeated behavior. For instance, if we experience daily emotional stress such as verbal abuse and/or consistent physical abuse, we may tend to lift the shoulders and transpose the neck forward with the head downward facing. The more that this occurs, the more the body adapts by building muscle tissue and reinforcing the sustained tension in the neck, shoulders, and back. Make no mistake about this, it is muscle building – muscle that is rock hard, highly irritable, and very inflexible with limited range of motion. This defensive bracing affects the myofascia, which becomes thick, leathery straps preventing movement. Thick, hard myofascia then forgets its natural range of motion, progressing to sensory motor amnesia. The tissues move less and less, and the sensory information coming in feels more and more vulnerable as it moves outside that very limited mobility. This bound flow then affects the structural alignment of the skeleton, which leads to a host of dangerous internal conditions. The following chart, Wheel of Dis-Ease, helps us better understand the cycle of degeneration.

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