How To Balance Your Mind & Body By Practicing Yoga
“Yoga is not a religion. It is a science, science of well-being, science of youthfulness, science of integrating body, mind, and soul.” – Amit Ray
The practice of yoga has an array of benefits on our body and mind. It helps us lose weight, reduce chronic pain, manage stress, relieve the symptoms of various physical and mental illnesses, contributes to overall wellness, and slows down aging. The best thing about yoga is that irrespective of age, gender or fitness level, anyone can practice it and see great results. However, yoga is much more than the poses and exercises we do. It is a philosophy and a way of life. The yogic lifestyle brings a great balance to life, soothes, calms and helps one be a better person. Today we will learn the art of yogic living and how to balance your mind & body by yoga. There are several small changes you can bring into your day-to-day lifestyle to incorporate the philosophy of yoga.
Spend some time reading
The best way to open your mind is to read. Reading broadens our boundaries and teaches us things and ideas that can be absolutely life-changing. It makes us less judgmental and essentially a better person. Start reading up on yogic philosophy and principles and it will give you a better understanding of the practice. You can find yoga books in libraries as well as blogs, articles, and translation of the texts online. Reading the principles and philosophies will help you have a deeper understanding of life.
Practice what you read
Read and understand the yogic philosophy and its principles so that you can apply it to your everyday life first hand. You will see how much of a difference it makes as you start making better choices, more conscious decisions and perform impactful actions. It is important to understand that every action we do has a reaction from the universe, the karma. Your good actions will be rewarded while bad actions will be punished. Moreover, every choice we take, it leaves an impact on the universe and your good actions will make the world a little better of a place. However, the biggest impact your actions and words leave is on you. As you start making better choices and taking better actions, you will feel peace within.
Make conscious choices in life
Every choice we make has an impact on the universe and thus, it is important to make better choices, to help the world be a better place. We are often prone to acting out of impulse and that creates bad decisions. With a balanced body, mind, and soul, you will be able to keep your bad impulses in check and make wiser and choices, keeping the ethical impacts in mind. Make conscious purchases and support ethical productions and small businesses. Try to reduce the amount of waste you produce, recycle more and aim for zero waste options. Be conscious of your behavior toward others. Take an active step to being a kinder and more considerate person. Be kind to humans, plants, and animals around you. It is important to remember that we share this planet and hence, it is important to make it a better place for everyone.
Start meditation as a daily routine
Meditation is an excellent way to help you find a balance within your body and mind. Start meditation as a part of your daily routine and you will see the difference it makes. Start your meditation with a clean and fresh body. The best time to do it is either early in the morning after waking up or at night after a bath. Completely relax your mind and clear off any unpleasant or negative thoughts. Try to keep all thoughts at bay as you concentrate on yourself. Introspect. Ask yourself who you are as a person and where do you see yourself spiritually. Contemplate on how you can improve as a person and you will find the answers within yourself.
Practice yoga asanas and pranayamas
The practices of meditation, or dhyana, postures or asana, and breathing exercises or pranayama, are the three main pillars on which yogic exercises stand. This help bring peace and balance to the mind, body and soul. Practice your asanas daily, as they help you keep your body healthy, prevent several health conditions, heal and manage the existing ailments and relieve pain. The pranayamas, on the other hand, teach you to have control over your breathing, regulates airflow to the lungs and expels the toxins with each deep breath. They also help improve your focus, concentration and teach you to check your negative thoughts. Together they bring balance and strengthen you.
Improve your lifestyle with healthy habits
Healthy habits will go a long way in ensuring a healthy life and a healthy lifestyle is essential for a balanced healthy body and mind. Wake up early and go to bed early. The fresh air of the morning does wonders for your lungs and mind. The body is tuned to follow the natural circadian rhythm and a break from that leads to several health problems and mood disorders. Ensure that you get eight hours of sleep on a regular basis as sleep is essential to give the cells of the body time to repair. Stay active and engage your time in positive pursuits. This keeps your mind and body active. Start eating a balanced diet and cook your own meals. This ensures that you get the essential nutrients which the body needs. Keep your living space clean and tidy as it helps calm your mind.
Let Ayurveda heal you from within
We often tend to pop a few pills every time we get sick and then forget about it. This leads to several health conditions, which are lurking and yet to be diagnosed. Over the years they start manifesting their symptoms and affect our health and quality of life. Before you let things go to the point where you would have not much option, let Ayurveda heal you. Unlike Western medicine, it does not suppress the symptoms, but instead seeks the root cause of disease and heals from within. The best thing about this discipline of treatment is that it relies purely on herbal and natural remedies and not chemicals, and thus, does not have any harmful side effects.
In a nutshell…
Yoga is a philosophy and lifestyle, which has immense benefits on the health of a person. With the right practices and life choices, you can achieve a necessary balance of physical and mental health, which will help you improve your productivity and be a better person.
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