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Balancing The Body And Mind With Yoga

by Manmohan Singh(more info)

listed in yoga, originally published in issue 246 - May 2018

 

Summary: Find out how you can balance your body and mind with the practice of yoga through this article.


Most people perceive yoga to be a physical exercise which grants us with numerous healing benefits such as - pliancy, strength, balance, perfect posture, etc. However, don’t be surprised to find out that the science of yoga is much more than just the practice of physical yoga postures; it helps us experience spiritual enrichment and bind us with our true self. Yoga is an age-old tradition that helps a practitioner move from hatred to love, separation to a union, and from constriction to elevation. At its core, yoga means union-- an inextricable union of the mind, body, and soul.

Ashtanga Yoga

Ashtanga Yoga

The intention of a correct, dedicated yoga practice is to balance all the dimensions of our life so that the mind, body, spirit flows in harmony with each other. As we become more conscious of our surroundings, we are able to perceive the richness of life in a better way. Also, when the body and mind are in unity, we experience goodwill in every encounter; our interactions with other people become more relaxed and calm. When our inner world is in a state of equilibrium, our outer world transports to reflect a new, improved perception of the world.

Shift from a state of imbalance to balance through these yoga practices:

Downward dog pose

Downward dog pose

 

 1. Deep Meditation Practices: Revive the lost balance of your mind and body through meditation practices. In conscious-based meditation practices, you allow your body to rest deeply while your mind is still awake. In the state of restful awareness, your mind lets go off all the unhealthy patterns and feelings and learns to restore itself. Meditation is one powerful technique that makes us experience the peace of living in the present moment and provides us with profound relaxation that dissolves all the stress and fatigue. Additionally, dedicated meditation practices make the mind calmer and trigger changes in various areas of the brain including the one related to memory, empathy, and stress regulation. If you are looking for ways to dwell in authentic meditation practices and are eager to develop a meditative faculty then plan for a meditation yoga retreat.

2.  Commit to Healthy Eating: Health isn’t merely just the absence of disease; it is an optimum state of well-being and vitality. The state of wholeness can be achieved when we indulge in mindful eating that nourishes our body. For a healthy body and mind, commit to a sattvic diet (yogic diet) that is prepared from natural sources, is high in nutrients and accelerates the health of a person. Go on a balanced diet which includes a variety of vegan foods, a combination of six tastes according to Ayurveda for a holistic body. Additionally, yogic diet along with yoga practices helps in achieving a unity of mind and body.

plow pose

plow pose

3. Yoga Postures: The regular practice of yoga postures confers the practitioners with incredible benefits for the body and mind such as lower cholesterol levels, enhanced aerobic capacity, better bone density, etc. The yoga postures not only keep the body fit but also promote emotional well-being. Yoga practice involves a rhythmic movement of the breath in correlation with the yoga asanas that calms the nervous system and balances the body. The practice of yoga postures helps us relax our tensed muscles, endows us with the skills to control emotions and helps us become more balanced in our day-to-day life. If you wish to learn in depth the various yoga postures that help you establish a deep connection with the self then yoga teacher training india is the ideal way to go.

breathing exercise

breathing exercise

4. Pranayama: We say our mind and body is in a union when our brain is focused in the present moment and the practice of breathing techniques, such as Kapalbhati, Anulom Vilom, etc., trains the mind to focus on the reality rather than wandering in past worries or future dreams. When the mind and body are not unified, a person experiences a lack of focus and unsteady balance. Pranayama is a technique to create a rhythm between the intellect and the body for a greater vitality, concentration, and energy.

Hatha Class

Hatha Class

Go to a holistic yoga practice that involves yoga postures, meditation, pranayama, mantra chanting and a detailed system of ethical guidelines to balance your mind-body that sets you on a journey of deep insights.

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About Manmohan Singh

Manmohan Singh is a passionate Yogi, Yoga Teacher and a Traveler in India. He provides yoga teacher training in Rishikesh, India. He loves writing and reading the books related to yoga, health, nature and the Himalayas. His strong connection with Yoga and the Himalayas has made him organize yoga, meditation and Ayurveda tours, and retreats in the Himalayas. To contact Manmohan and for more information about him email him via manmohansongh007@gmail.com  info@rishikulyogshala.org  visit his websites: https://www.rishikulyogshala.org/      https://www.200hrsyogattc.com   https://rishikulayurshala.com/

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