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Yoga And Meditation

Yoga: Seven Tips on Integrating It into Your Daily Life

The path to yoga is not always going to be lotus blossoms and warm sunny glows, but it is comforting to know that greater health and well-being are the ultimate fruits of dedicated practice. The benefits begin at a pittance investment of ten minutes a day and the physical and mental boosts will be yours at the end of a week with plenty more on their way.

Wiser men than I have repeatedly downplayed the need for Herculean feats and maximum efforts when pursuing the yoga practice. It is not how long you practice, how fast you can master the “Destroyer of the Universe” pose (Kala Bhairavasana) or how cultured your ancient Sanskrit pronunciation, yoga is all about dedicated practice.

Despite its notable flexibility and buffet-style presentation, yoga is a self-discipline of the body and the mind. Cultivating any discipline will require dedicated practice to master. When you think about it, it is unrealistic to assume the greatest benefits of yoga will be gleaned from an intermittent practice based on mere curiosity.

Sometimes, the sheer magnitude of the practice can make the yoga path seem long and daunting, but the longest journeys tend to begin with a single step. Here are some practical tips on making yoga part of your daily life, even if you are the greenest yogi this side the Ganges.

Start small, but Start!

You don’t need to head off to a spiritual retreat in Mysore. Simply 10 minutes of yoga each day can set you on your path to mastery. How bad would it be to wake up 10 minutes earlier? Or go to bed 10 minutes later, feeling completely refreshed and relaxed? You can even throw a ten-minute practice during the day when you feel especially achy, jumpy or sleepy.

Repetition is the law of memory, and as your body grows accustomed to the repeated action, the benefits of the practice will become more apparent. It only takes 28 days to consolidate the practice and just imagine how great you feel by this time.

man on yoga mat meditating Practice Mindfulness and Meditation

Mindfulness and meditation are key practices along the yoga path and are critical to building awareness. This practice is difficult for all at the beginning; it can take a while to surmount preconceptions and distractions. Once again, those small steps and an intuitive approach can ameliorate the learning curve on this, especially auspicious practice.

After some time practicing yoga, you will begin to notice how awareness is naturally built as the practice continues. Following breath and matching breath to motion is the first step to building mindfulness and therefore meditation. Soon you will see that the mindfulness and awareness cultivated in yoga can be applied with versatility when communicating effectively with others, deeply absorbing the beauty of a sunset or serenely driving home through congested, urban traffic, for example.

Approach your Yoga Practice Intuitively

After reading up and researching the subject of yoga, it is easy to build up some expectations and even time frames for reaching specific goals. Whether these goals are physical mental or spiritual, having expectations and plans for your practice can ultimately make the practice more difficult.

In other exercise programs, muscling through and pushing past the pain holds the secret to victory. If this ideology were applied to the delicate and precise movements of yoga the results would more than likely be a serious injury.

Yoga can be described as a brand new introduction to yourself, the way you move, the extent of your mobility, how you breathe and even where your mind goes during all this. Goals, time frames, and comparisons can distract from this cordial introduction and thwart the results. Go slow and remember the importance of proper execution.

yoga pose Your Selection of Asanas

Fortunately, learning the proper execution of a yoga pose is not really that difficult, and there are extensive online resources for fulling and exploring your favorite asanas. If you feel like expert instruction and observation is your cup of tea, grab your mat and head over to one of the many yoga studios and health centers readily available near you.

There are asanas for warming up and cooling down. Other positions can ward off depression or migraine headaches and others can be used to release the strain from tired joints and stressed muscles. Choose a few that you would like to master and devote daily time to conscious practice.

Pranayama is a great way to begin your daily routine and never forget to select a relaxation pose for your completion. As your practice progresses, you may want to schedule some longer sessions to deeply explore the infinite dynamics taking place in an apparently simple asana.

Practice Everywhere

You can practice meditation and mindfulness anywhere. You can even practice yoga while watching T.V., walking the dog, or sitting at your desk in the office. Yoga positions are not only very comfortable, but the continued practice has been associated with cognitive improvements. 1

There is actually a whole division of yoga devoted to those of us who must keep fit and fine while trapped in a chair for hours a day. Chair yoga has adapted poses and modified some centers of gravity to create a form of yoga that can be done seated. 2

The cat-cow pose is a perfect example of how breathing and stretching can be accomplished right in your chair. The arching and rolling of the shoulders help to relieve strain on the lower back and frees up the diaphragm for deeper breathing. Circulation through the extremities keeping joints supple and healthy.

eating healthy Consider the Yoga Diet

As your yoga path begins to change your body to something more clean and healthy, you may find adopting a suitable diet a big step in the right direction. While Ayurvedic traditions have a lengthy portion dedicated to eating healthy for the mind, body, and spirit, this might not be suitable or even possible for you.

The best yoga diet is one based on balance and satisfaction. It is important to your health and well-being that you enjoy your food and that it satisfies the demands you make of your body from day to day. Next, you may consider gradually eliminating processed foods, refined grains, and other unhealthy food choices for more fresh vegetables and foods high in the nutrition you need.

Paleo Air

Through the practice of yoga and the cultivation of breathing, the body is brought to greater balance and better health. Breathing is especially important in yoga as it is essential to balancing the energies within and even has implications toward longevity.

With the idea of Paleo Air , we believe the air inhaled to the lungs should be every bit as healthy as the food you put in the body. With the rash of contamination and particulate matter clogging up the air in our cities, it is no wonder that health is at an all-time low.

Aromatics have been used since the times of Ayurvedic medicine to improve health, relax the mind, and improve cognitive focus. The healthy organic compounds found in essential oils are behind the modern practices of aromatherapy and forest bathing .

Check out our Forest blend to help create the proper mindset for your yoga journey.

Final Thoughts on Making Yoga a Part of Your Daily Life

One final point is on keeping your practice, fun, positive, and even a little silly. By making your practice fun and your atmosphere pleasant, your regular sessions will be a joy and respite from the pressures of life. This is just a brief summary of some healthy pointers and you are sure to discover more along your way. Good Luck and Namaste!

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