There are many wellness books and exercises, personal consultants, and special diet but trust me, in reality, you don’t need magical foods or unique workouts to make you live longer. I can give the quick recipe and the only what you need to do is to focus your mind on it. Put your mind into yoga. So if you want to keep your body looking and feeling its best with every year, chant OM!
If we take enough care of our health and bodies, we can stay young for a very long time. We all looking for some remedies to slow down the hands of time so the answer may be as simple as turning to a yoga mat. Systematic and intensive yoga practice is linked to an increase in two crucial substances related to youth appearance and longevity in our body, and increase the levels of stay-young hormones.
Everybody wants to look good, but looking good doesn’t necessarily have to come at such an expensive manner like buying luxury cosmetics and miraculous pills. Well, the best investment would be a flight ticket to India to take some workshops with Yoga Gurus. In this beautiful country India, Yoga and Ayurveda take care of every physical and mental health aspect. Thousands of years of history, Yoga and Ayurveda are still as much valid today as they were back then. And yes, visiting the country itself is an exceptional and spiritual experience. First time I had visited India in 2017, and since then I have been coming back and forth to experience this full of colors land. India is all about colors. Everything in India refers to the richness of hues and the vivid color with the wild mix of cultures and people. During my first visit, I expected to see the reds and oranges, greens, and yellows but the many other colors entirely took my breath away. I was hypnotized with the women wrapped in their silky saris. The flowers. The people. The food. The architecture. The temples. Color is such an integral part of Hindus life. Let me stop for a moment, I promise to write more about India in the next post.
Nowadays there are so many talks about the anti-aging benefits of yoga, especially as our society became more aware and focused on health and methods to look younger. I personally have practiced yoga for the last five years, and at the beginning, I wasn’t aware how long journey is in front of me. Yoga became a massive part of my life, especially to improve my mind and body. It is the connection between mind and body, and if you are consistent in everyday practice, it has many benefits. Yoga can help slow, and even reverse aging processes. Practice it is not only physical exercises is the practice of mindfulness and holding poses with full awareness of breath. Yoga is a lifestyle. All asanas are about obtaining peace within the chaotic flow of life, and when I keep my attention turned inward, then my mind stays calm and stable even while my body becomes challenged. I firmly believe it has helped me remain vigorous and slowed my aging process. Everyday practice aids to flows energy around the whole body and make the body feel more energized. It also has tremendous effects on stabilizing emotions, boost oxygen intake through our breathing, and therefore, our mind stays tranquil. Stress hormones levels are also decreased which helps our body to maintain less body fat, improving blood circulation and by that glowing our skin.
While most people tend to see the body as a static, biological mechanism, we can begin to observe it as a field of energy, change, and intelligence that is continually rebuilding itself. So luckily enough, you do have the option to choose how to stay young and active by improving factors you will find below.
Enhanced flexibility is one of the first and most obvious benefits of yoga. Yoga creates flexibility and helps to prevent any pains and stiffness in our body. Stay patient, during your first class, you probably won’t be able to reach to your toes, trust me if you stick to it, you’ll see a continuous progression, and eventually, impossible poses will become possible. By practicing we create space in a particular part of our bodies, especially in our spine by lengthening it. Yoga also improves the nerve system to conduct nerves to all organs, so everything is flowing better. Remember inflexibility in our muscles, tissue and ligaments cause lousy posture.
Regularly practicing yoga improves balance. The ability to balance involves both our body and mind, so we don’t lose our coordination. It improves our agility, which is necessary as we get older, so we don’t have as many breakdowns. Excellent balance means fewer falls. Problems with balance cause a wrong body posture, which has been linked to back pain and knee problems. So jump on the mat and do a tree pose to make you feel less shaky.
Believe me, yoga will give the lungs room to breathe. Yogis take fewer breaths of larger volume, which is both relaxing and more efficient. Yogic breathing technique is known as complete breathing and can help people with lung problems. During practice, we should inhale through the nose, which cleans the air, warms it up, and humidifies it. People undervalue how powerful the breath is, breath is life. By breathing, we send more oxygen to all our cells which in turns produces more energy and life force in our body and mind. Conscious breathing helps us start to breathe correctly which can also cure the digestion system and lower the blood pressure. Ancient yoga texts tell about subtle energy known as ‘prana.’ Prana is different from the electrical impulses in our nervous system, so it is not physical energy. Prana constantly flows through every part of our body and manifests itself through breath. The moment you change your breathing, you direct this vital energy force to every small piece of the body.
Body and mind awareness
Yoga builds awareness for transformation. The more aware you become, the easier it is to change destructive emotions like anger or frustration. Practicing kindness and compassion we can calm the nervous system and the way we think. If we add meditation into it, it will lead us to inner peace. Connecting a meditation with asanas increases the ability to step back from the drama of life, to remain steady in the moment of unsettling events in our life. It doesn’t mean that we slower our body movements and thinking process, it simply gives us inner peace, which means that we can still react quickly when we need to. Truly, yoga speeds reaction time, but the most important is that we build the power to split second to choose a more thoughtful way to respond, reducing stress for ourselves and others.
Yoga tremendously helps us become more mindful with our bodies, our postures change. We can increase our body sensitivity levels and then we are able to observe the subtle energies flowing around it. We become more mindful to focus on anything that doesn’t feel right in the body and correct it before it goes too far.
Stress reduction and meditation
Meditation is a useful tool that takes us to a state of deep relaxation that
Service to others
Karma yoga is essential to yogic philosophy. The practice of serving others isn’t just the right thing, but it is also an excellent way to self-fulfillment. Helping others can give us a meaningful life, and our problems will not seem serious when we see what other people are dealing with.
The emotional value of social bonding is enormous, the loneliness creates conditions for the aging process. The solution here is to stay connected and be open to new relationships throughout your life. Losing our friends or family is an undeniable part of aging, and there is a big problem with people who go quietly into semi-isolation or are not able to find friends. The emotional bonds are significant, they give a meaning to our existence. No amount of money, work, lonely entertainments or simply staying at home replace human contact that nourishes our love and caring. Go and make some friends!
Yoga is what you do for yourself that matters the most. Everyday practice gives you the tools for a positive change, and it most possible that you start to feel better the first time you practice. It is also a high probability that you may observe that the more you engage in the practice, the more your benefits are. You become involved in your self-care, you realize that your engagement gives you the power to make massive changes in your life, and by feeling that it nourishes your hope. Hope has the power to heal.
When we continuously practice yoga, we strengthen our principles that help us reverse the clock, both physically, and mentally. Please remember, the ultimate secret to success is in your head!
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