Yoga is a way of life

Yoga is about attaining a blissful state of being. Through the development of your body, mind and psychic potencies, you gain physical strength, beauty, health and spiritual consciousness. Yoga techniques — Asana, Kriya, Pranayama, Bhavana calm the mind, offers clarity of thought, objectivity, and an overall balance in your personality.

The word yoga is derived from Sanskrit ‘Yuj’- which means ‘to unite or integrate’. It is a practical method for making your life meaningful, useful and noble. The practice of yoga helps your body become active and vibrant. Most importantly, yoga helps to keep your body and mind in tune with the essence of your soul, and the beauty is in the fine blend of the three.

To attain this harmonious blend, constant practice without interruption and effort (abhyasa) is required. With the right attitude and determination, you must reach what I call, a certain climax, in your effort. When we practice yoga, we have to be aware of what we are experiencing, whether certain feeling are being generated. If we do not get into the spirit of whatever is being done the impact is lost.

Yoga represents the way of life. Let us start with the basics – day to day activities, which include a variety of things — Aahar (food intake), Aachar (routine, behavior), Vihar (recreation/relaxation), Vichar (thoughts/belief).

Aahar (food intake): Eat easily digestible, fresh food, at regular intervals. Nerve stimulants like tea, coffee, alcohol, junk / processed food should be avoided. Under stress one tends to either overeat or lose appetite. As a result acidity, flatulence and uneasiness follow – a precursor to many conditions, and responsible for affecting the balance in mental health – irritability, mood swings and increased stress.

Aachar (routine, behavior): When we organize ourselves better, our lives are much more in our control, and many seemingly difficult things become easy to handle. The solution lies in following right habits and setting the right routines. Discipline is not an external enforcement. We also organize our lives better if we have better time management and enthusiasm in our activities.

Vihar (recreation/relaxation): Every form of activity should be followed by an interval of rest — be it exercising, working or indulging in a hobby. Sleep is a protective phenomenon. The depth, not so much the period of sleep, is important. The yogic technique of ‘voluntary general relaxation’ (Savasana) helps your body and mind. There is fall in the number of respiratory cycles, blood pressure and a reduction in pulse beats.

Vichar (thoughts/belief): Keeping a positive attitude and faith go a long way. Developing a sense of acceptance, be it in certain situations, arrangements, social status as well as the acceptance of our own selves is imperative.

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