In 2015 the Great NEWS posts are dedicated to sharing Healthy Habits and today we focus on Yoga. Our body is like a terrific temple that provides transportation for our being during life. In order for us to be happy, healthy and in harmony in each area in our wheel of life we must do our part to maintain and sustain our body. This involves doing whatever it takes to help it stay agile, aligned, balanced, energized, fit, flexible, mobile, stable, strong and toned. One of the best healthy habits is a daily Yoga practice.
To enjoy a great life it is wise to develop a regular habit of energizing exercise like yoga to keep both our body and brain functioning flawlessly for optimal health and peak performance. Yoga is one of the most beneficial forms of exercise to maintain both our body and brain because it has so many advantages compared to conventional exercise.
A daily yoga routine can significantly improve our quality of life. It is easy to do anytime and anywhere. Yoga does not require a lot of space or expensive equipment. It does not need to take much time or require extensive training. It does not even require you to travel to an exercise facility, gym, yoga center or workout facility.
We can use yoga to improve our fitness and health while lying on the floor, sitting in a chair or standing around. January is the perfect time to begin your daily yoga practice because it is a great way to exercise every bone, joint, ligament, muscle and tendon in your body in a way that will rejuvenate, repair and revitalize every cell in your body.
Many of you have tried yoga and may be doing it several times a week. This post is suggesting people practice yoga on a daily basis to help with key goals for creating a happy and healthy lifestyle which include: Agility, anti-aging, balance, breathing, flexibility, improved sleep, range of motion, relaxation, resilience, stability, strength, stress reduction, toning,
Yoga is a great energizing exercise to help us reenergize, rejuvenate, relax, repair, reprogram, restore and revitalize our body and brain. When we practice yoga on a daily basis we will begin to see some amazing benefits and results within a short period of time. Yoga provides our body the Tender Loving Care (TLC) we deserve and desire for perfect health and happiness.
Body and Brain Benefits of Yoga
Our brain often becomes very agitated and distracted from the everyday strain and stress factors that wear us down. This can lead to unhealthy behaviors that cause our body to become sad, sick, stressed and tired. Yoga can help maintain both our body and brain at the same time with easy to do yoga poses and postures. When people become inactive from too much sitting their bones, joints, ligaments, muscles at tendons can atrophy and begin slowly wasting away. Soon aches and pains become common and then comes the almost inevitable weight gain from accumulating fat.
Without a daily exercise routine most people will begin to mentally and physically decline from a loss of bone density, muscle mass and physical fitness. This decline combined with drinking unhealthy beverages and eating unhealthy foods reduces our quality of life and shortens our quantity of life.
Many people say they are too busy and too tired to exercise. That is why yoga is the perfect solution. Yoga does not require any additional time and actually helps you feel calm yet energized. You may be asking how can that be true. Yoga can be done in a chair or while talking on the phone. It can be done while watching TV or listening to CD’s with audio books, education, music, relationship or self growth information. Of course we may become so hooked on yoga we give up the Cable or TV shows to benefit more from our yoga practice for exercise and fitness.
For those that have compelling values, vision and rules for energizing exercise they find time. For those that have higher demands and priorities like: avoiding exercise, chatting on the phone, consuming alcohol, eating fake, fast and junk foods, drinking sodas, gossiping, long commutes sitting, overeating, reading fiction and romance, sitting for hours, watching TV.
A great way to learn yoga is to join a yoga class at a church, college, community center, fitness center, health club, school, senior’s center, temple, YMCA or yoga center. You can even find many great DVD’s that offer excellent guidance and instruction. Finding a great role model and yoga teacher is important to avoid any injuries or unhealthy habits.
Yoga helps to align our body, mind and spirit to better maintain our health and well being. It has been found to help by aiding digestion, calming the mind, enhancing our endocrine system and endorphins, improving immune function, promoting a healthy lifestyle, reducing stress, strengthening our entire body and supporting restful sleep.
There are many different philosophies and styles of yoga. All yoga can help to create a positive biofeedback loop that reinforces our beliefs, behaviors and biology toward help maintain a healthy lifestyle. The key is to discover a form or variety of yoga that works best for you.
Practicing yoga for thirty minutes a day is enough to see significant long term benefits. Developing a regular routine of youth enhancing yoga will lay a solid foundation for a happier and healthier lifestyle. When you have an additional few minutes here and there throughout the day you can engage in some quicky yoga poses or postures. As long as you have a variety of yoga postures that provide high, intermediate and low intensity exercise options you will be able to maintain and sustain the entire body.
Our mind will benefit from the calm atmosphere and low intensity training yoga can offer. The brain performs better when our body is trained to be active, calm, energized and fit. Yoga will help our mind benefit from emotional, mental and physical well being that results in our life.
Our spiritual life can really benefit from investing some time engaged in the practice of yoga. It is easier to inspire and nurture our spirit when we invest time to provide TLC. Spiritual health is as important as any other area of our wheel of life.
People may find their relationships improving after they develop a yoga practice. Imagine the benefits of couple’s yoga to reinforce and strengthen a relationship. If we are sad, sick, stressed and tired most of the time our relationships will likely suffer from a lack of quality talking and time together. Yoga can help maintain a happy and healthy body.
Yoga can enhance our personal growth and self development by introducing us to new energy and information. It offers a community for education and support with people of a similar mindset and passion for life. Life requires a lot of agility, balance, energy, flexibility, stability and stamina and yoga can help you develop more of it.
Whatever your passion or profession is in life yoga can help you perform better. Life requires our body and brain to function together as a great team each reinforcing and supporting the other. Yoga seems to help us be even more happy and healthy which makes life feel easier and more fun.
Without being happy and healthy our finances can suffer significantly. Yoga is a low cost and possibly even free way to maintain and sustain our health and vitality. Our financial success depends on being mentally and physically able to do whatever it takes to create an income and invest that money for financial freedom. Without adequate exercise and fitness we often suffer from disease and sickness which rob us of our greatest asset which is our earning and thinking power.
Yoga is a great way to create more abundance in our life because it opens our emotional, mental, physical and spiritual being to our higher power. It provides a fantastic fuel that empowers and energizes us with more energy and excitement for life. Yoga can be an easy and free way to help create more abundance in your life. Are you ready to include yoga in your values, vision and mastery action plans to create a better life?
Yoga has been practiced for thousands of years for emotional, mental physical and spiritual health. Adding it to our daily life is a great way to set up a simple system to insure we maintain our aerobic and anaerobic fitness as well as agility, balance, endurance, flexibility, stability and strength.
Following these simple steps and small suggestions will help maintain a healthy body, mind and spirit.
- Learn the sun salutation as a basic routine to practice first thing in the morning. It is great for improving our flexibility and range of motion.
- Receive some high quality yoga training from a Chopra Center Certified yoga teacher.
- Check your library or used book store for some excellent yoga books or DVD’s.
- Yoga can provide valuable body weight training anyplace and anytime you engage in it.
- Power yoga can provide a demanding workout for those that feel they need the extra demanding routines. Fifteen to thirty minutes of power yoga can humble even a professional athlete.
- Yoga can get your breathing and heart rate up to a reasonable level for aerobic and cardio fitness.
- Yoga and power yoga offer the great benefits of a well rounded exercise and fitness program.
- Learn several chair yoga poses to help you stay fit, healthy and limber even when sitting for long hours on an airplane or at your computer or desk. Visit your parents or people in a senior living center and teach them chair yoga to help them enjoy a better quality of life.
- A daily yoga practice will offer amazing benefits. Celebrate your progress and reward your self with some yoga classes or training.
- Listen to your body and avoid excess straining and struggling. Take things slowly so your body can adapt and adjust to the yoga routines. Pain is not part of the gain process so avoid it. A little soreness is acceptable as a feedback signal.
- Put some yoga pictures on your Vision Board or Life MAP to inspire and motivate you to become a yogi. Have fun and enjoy your yoga practice. Remember…yoga variety is the spice of life.
The Healthy Habits 2015 series is designed to offer simple suggestions to help create a balanced body and motivated mind. Our exercise and fitness routines today will determine our happiness and health in the future.
This Great NEWS post on Healthy Habits offers simple suggestions for a yoga practice that can transform our body, mind and spirit as well as all the other areas in our wheel of life. There are many great yoga videos available today to provide guidance and training will provide great benefits. It is up to us to establish a daily yoga practice to support our body. Healthy Habits posts are like planting seeds to help manifest even more happiness, harmony and health in our life.
What is your current Gap?
Do you have a daily yoga practice? How easy would it be to sprinkle I some yoga all day long for 4 to 5 minutes at a time during the day? What could that do for enhancing your agility, balance, endurance, flexibility, grace, power, stability, strength and tone?
Mastery Action Plan (MAP)
What mastery action plans are in place to help you learn more about the benefits and ideas in order for you have even more fun with a youth enhancing yoga practice? Watch this short video discussing The Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga
Call to Action
What comments, commitments or concerns come to mind regarding the healthy habit of daily yoga? What other ideas and inspiration will help motivate us towards better behaviors, beliefs and biology for a great 2015 and beyond?
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