Principle of Adaption
The kinetic chain, encompassing the nervous, muscular, and skeletal systems, strives to maintain a state of physiological balance, also known as homeostasis. To achieve this, the body must adapt to the physical stresses placed upon it. This ability to adapt, termed the 'General Adaptation Syndrome,' was pioneered by Hans Selye, who demonstrated how the kinetic chain responds and subsequently adapts to stressors. However, for the body to respond, it must encounter a stressor significant enough to warrant a reaction. In yoga, the body initially approaches a new pose cautiously, but over time, it adapts to the demands of the pose. With continued practice and gradual increase in intensity, the body keeps adapting.
Initially, the body reacts with what's known as the 'Alarm Reaction' stage. Yoga poses challenge the body, prompting increased oxygen and blood flow to targeted areas. At this stage, there is no substantial change; the body is essentially gauging the new demands. After a unique period specific to each individual, the body enters the 'Resistance Development' stage. This phase is marked by adaptation, where the body enhances motor unit recruitment to meet the demands of the pose. It's during this stage that individuals may notice their bodies becoming more adept, advancing further into the pose. Once adapted, the body requires a higher level of stress to elicit further response, meaning individuals need to continue challenging themselves to see more significant changes.
The initial stages of yoga practice can be the most challenging. It's crucial not to harbor unrealistic expectations too soon. When we first adopt a pose, the body takes time to comprehend and adapt to the stress it's subjected to. Expecting immediate improvements in flexibility or strength can lead to frustration and disillusionment.
How long does the 'Alarm Reaction' stage last?
It's impossible to provide a definitive timeframe for this as everyone's body is unique. Factors such as an individual's exercise history, work patterns, and past injuries all significantly influence the duration of this initial stage. The key is patience and perseverance. As the legendary footballer Pelé once said, "Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do.”
Zahir Akram - eternal seeker
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