How You Can Transform Your Mind, Body, and Soul with Yoga21/06/2019
Yoga is one of the oldest art forms in the world. Yep, we said art forms. See, most people think yoga is an exercise – and it is – but it’s also so much more. Yoga is a holistic way to transform your mind, body, and soul. Who doesn’t want to be in better shape physically, while de-stressing and improving their emotional life at the same time?
Want to find out the connection between yoga and spirituality? How about learning yoga for the mind? Here are the many transformational elements of yoga.
Yoga for the Mind
Starting way back in the first millennium (around 1,500 years ago to be exact), yoga was used to help align the mind, body, and soul. Nowhere is this more evident than when you start looking at the mental benefits of this practice. We’re talking about yoga for the mind.
It just makes sense, right? Spending time focusing on your body, your breathing, and how to stretch yourself both physically and mentally is bound to be good for your mind. Science even backs this up. Yoga can help you reduce stress and anxiety. It can release endorphins that help improve your mood. It also helps you focus on what’s happening right in front of you – and inside your head – in a way that embodies living in the moment.
Perhaps more importantly than anything else, though, is how yoga can help you deal with mental illness. This includes everything from depression to PTSD and beyond. It’s safe to say that there are a lot of benefits to yoga for the mind.
Physical Benefits of Yoga
The physical benefits of yoga are almost endless. Not only will you get a stronger, healthier body, but you’ll find yourself more limber and generally in a better mood. Remember, yoga connects your body to your mind and, in doing so, helps them become more than the sum of their parts.
Some of the basic physical benefits of yoga include:
- Increasing muscle strength
- Increasing muscle tone
- Helping to maintain or reduce weight
- Improving heart health
- Improving respiratory and circulatory health
- Lower blood pressure
Remember to prepare by stretching for a few minutes. This doesn’t have to be intensive, but take a little bit of time to touch your toes. You’ll warm up your muscles and your body will thank you after.
Yoga and Spirituality
We’ve looked at the physical and mental benefits of yoga, now let’s turn our attention to yoga and spirituality. While universally praised as a way to get your body and mind in shape, yoga really shines when you consider its metaphysical properties.
Yoga has been practiced as a form of meditation from the start. Not only does it help your mind slow down and focus on what’s happening within your body, but yoga helps you connect to something larger than yourself. Remember, spirituality doesn’t have to mean religion and it doesn’t have to mean crystals and chanting. While both of those are great, sometimes the spiritual is as simple as refocusing on what’s important.
Yoga and spiritually go hand-in-hand. One of the oldest forms – also one of the highest paths a yogi can take – is to practice Raja Yoga. This is a type of yoga that combines many other forms (Karma, Hatha, Mantra, etc.) to help you achieve a state of harmony with spiritual forces.
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