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Importance of Yoga – 3 Major Areas To Focus On

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You might have heard from your friends, coworkers or a family member some of the importance of yoga and how it has helped them change their lives. There’s something magnetic about the practice that makes everyone instantly attracted to it.

Although it’s getting more and more popular, yoga is much more than just a trend. Even if people go to their first class because they’ve seen others do it, that’s not why they stay. From being a perfect way to complement other exercises, to provide a positive body image, decrease health risks or create a non-judgemental space. There is a reason to continue your practice. Yoga has the ability to meet you where you are and where you need to be.

Discover what is the true importance of yoga, what it can mean to you and why starting or continuing your practice can change your life in every aspect. From physical, mental and emotional health.

The True Importance of Yoga

Old yogis understood that humans were physical, mental, and spiritual beings. They developed yoga in an effort to help harmonize all three levels of our beings. True yoga in India didn’t develop only around physical exercise. It was primarily a spiritual practice focused on the development of virtues that help us reach our highest potential and find purpose in our lives.

In the modern world, living our live on purpose is hard. With the increasing amount of information, possibilities and avenues you can take it is even harder to find what you were meant to do.

Still, even if you only practice the physical postures or asanas, you will see a change in all three levels of your being. That’s not only a promise coming from my own subjective experience, it is also something that we can and have proven by science today.

From a study done in 2016 by Yoga Alliance, they have reported that yoga practitioners are more likely to report having a clear mind. Also they are giving back to the community and they report having stronger agile bodies than non-practitioners.

Physical yoga practice is a form of education about living a better life. On the mat, you become aware of your body and your movement. You connect to your breath and learn to control it. The breath serves as a sort of bridge between your physical body, your mind and your spiritual self. You can experience that as soon as you start controlling your breath.

Exercise to try for deep breathing

  • Find a comfortable seated position
  • Close your eyes and focus on your breath
  • On your next inhale, nhale to a count of four
  • Hold your breath for a count of four
  • Exhale through your mouth to a count of four
  • Hold your breath for a count of four
  • Repeat step 3 – 6 for a few minutes

This exercise will allow you to activate all the organs involved when breathing. It will develop your core muscles and allow your pelvic floor to release any tension.

Only after a couple of moments, you will experience a sense of calm, your thoughts will be quieter and you will enter a state of meditation.

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