The Relationship Between Practicing Yoga and Living an Invigorating Lifestyle
Yoga is an ancient practice discovered by the Indus-Sarasvati civilization in Northern India over 5,000 years ago. And even today, it is one of the best and most natural ways of living an invigorating lifestyle. The word ‘yoga’ is derived from a Sanskrit term ‘yuj’ which means ‘to connect’; and yoga indeed helps to connect your body, mind and spirit on a deeper level.
Last 2-3 decades have been great for yoga, as it has become a famous practice even in the West. Yoga has been a game changer for people who want to bring positive changes in their lifestyle and achieve calmness, focus and peace. Many famous personalities like Madonna, Keith Mitchell, Oprah Winfrey, Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli have adopted yoga as a lifestyle and have derived great benefits from it.
Yoga is much more than just exercising asanas and meditation. There are several more angles to it, and here’s a list of some of the important aspects of ‘yoga life’ which makes yoga the best practice for living an invigorating lifestyle:
- Conscious Eating: One of the main reasons why yoga helps the body to stay fit and healthy is because it promotes conscious eating. Yoga encourages people to eat ‘satvik’ food which helps the body in every possible way. Including ‘satvik’ food or ‘adopting satvikta’ in your lifestyle can help in maintaining good physical and mental health.
- Meditation: It is an important aspect of yoga as a lifestyle. Along with yoga, performing meditation every day helps a person to understand their body and mind. The mindfulness meditation helps in keeping stress and anxiety at bay and allows a person to lead a fulfilling life. Science has proved that performing meditation helps to calm the mind and align the body.
- Breathing: The role of breath is very important while practising yoga asanas. The breath functions as a ‘prana or vital force’ for every human being. The body’s requirement of breath or pranic energy keeps on changing according to the activity we are involved in. Practising breathing asanas in yoga every day helps to understand and control the pattern of breath. Our mental activities also affect breathing. During yoga asanas, the focus is on every breath which shifts the control of breathing from brain stem/medulla oblongata to cerebral cortex.
- Ethics: We often associate yoga with asanas and meditation, but what we don’t understand is that the first step of performing yoga is to understand ‘yama’ or ethics which are- kindness or compassion (daya), uprightness (arjava), patience (kshama), steadfastness (Dhritti) and moderation in diet (Mitaahara). These five ‘mahavrata’ or great vows of integrity create the foundation of yoga. Along with taking care of good health, yoga focuses on the overall development of a person. It promotes leading a healthy and truthful life.
- Healing: Yoga is one of the most natural healing processes. Along with promoting a healthy lifestyle and avoiding future diseases, yoga also helps to heal any existing problem with the body. Several doctors recommend yoga along with medication for treating chronic diseases such as asthma, diabetes, arthritis, polycystic ovaries and many more. Yoga promotes self-healing and helps a person to live an invigorating lifestyle.
The benefits of yoga are innumerable. It helps you to lead a happy and healthy lifestyle. The yogic philosophy and its various techniques can be followed by people in any setting. This broad scope of yoga has made it easy for people from all walks of life, whether busy or active or even sedentary, to follow their own selective techniques, suited to their lifestyle. Yoga brings in a value addition at every level and enhances the quality of your life.