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Do you ever feel blue, sad or angry at the way your life is going? In today’s blog we look at five ways your yoga practice helps you develop and maintain a healthy body and happy attitude to life.
What Happens When You Are Sad?
Your emotions influence the way you see life. Have you noticed that when you feel happy and good about yourself, life flows, friends who you have been thinking about phone, you get an unexpected bonus at work, your skin just glows, life is good. Even if you receive “bad news” you respond in a more positive, enlightened way.
However, when you feel low, maybe recovering from a bout of flu or going through a personal loss, life looks different.
Whereas before you could smile and see the positive, the light in any situation, this time round, you only see the hurt, sorrow, maybe feel frustrated and have a great sense of injustice at the way life treats you.
Like me, I am sure you would prefer to be positive, to see through the trees and smile and see the fun in turbulent situations.
How Do You Feel About Housework?
As a busy mum, my days are full. Sometimes I get real tired and frustrated at the never ending of washing, ironing,cooking and general household chores.
My girls have their share of household chores yet there still seems loads to fit in and do.
So If you are like me, I know you will have days where you fed up with the pile of dirty laundry and clothes to iron, dishes in the sink, unpaid bills.
What Difference Does Yoga Make To Your Life?
Learning to meditate or practice yoga provide you with easy tools and techniques you can use to keep your emotions balanced and energy levels high. In this state, you feel better and more able to stay focused, happy and healthy.
Five Ways Yoga Benefits You
From conversations with some of my yoga students about the difference yoga makes to their life; here are five main benefits gained from regular practice.
1. Yoga and meditation keeps you grounded.
When you practice yoga and meditation, especially yoga standing poses, you gain a sense of connection, groundedness and power in your own physical strength and agility. When you feel physically strong, your mind is strengthen.
2. Yoga and meditation encourages you to nurture and care for yourself.
As you stretch your body you feel alert and energised. The more you practice, the more you consciously start to look at your life and do things which make you feel better about yourself. For example, you may go to bed earlier, get more rest during the day, or spend more time doing creative pursuits which you enjoy.
3. Yoga and meditation feeds your soul.
The spiritual nature of meditation and yoga gives you the opportunity to go deep within yourself. As you practice you reconnect with your divine light and inner spark of joy. This feeds your soul. As you fill up you have energy to stay positive and be in the flow.
4. Yoga and meditation makes you “step up” in life.
With your increased physical strength, desire to care for yourself and feed your soul, your mind expands, what once seem impossible, out of your league, now feels attainable and reachable. You begin to feel able to “fake it till you make it” and “to live your dream life”. Writing is my passion. That encourages me to “step-up” and to create more opportunities where I can write, connect and create.
5. Yoga and meditation empowers you to love yourself more
The words “…learning to love yourself, is the greatest love of all…” ring true the more you practice yoga and meditation. Meditation enables you to go within yourself and see the underlying reasons for your unhappiness and sense of frustration with life. Yoga practices, such as correct breathing exercises, body cleansing techniques, teaches you simple self-help tools to release stress and tension in your body and rebalance your energy. So when you feel blue, you know you can turn to your practice and feel better.
As you can see, regular yoga and meditation practice helps you to be happier and feel healthier.
Each day, as you grow stronger, you more in tune with your body you are more able to live a happier, happier and more harmonious life.
What are your experiences of yoga? What difference does yoga/meditation make to your life? I would love to hear your insights and thoughts.
Write your thoughts in the comments box below. Thanks
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