Transform your Mind, Body and Spirit

Yogas chitta vritti nirodha

(Yoga is the silencing of the fluctuations of the mind)

Though many people think of yoga as a fitness regime, it actually is a comprehensive way of life/ life philosophy that originated more than 5,000 years ago in India. The word “yoga” means ‘union’ or ‘connection’, which refers to union of the body, mind and spirit. Conscious connection to something allows us to feel and experience that thing, person, or experience. The experience of connection is a state of yoga, a joyful, blissful, fulfilling experience. Patanjali begins the yoga sutras by defining yoga as “citta vrtti nirodaha” (YS 1.2) which is often translated simply as ‘Yoga is the ability to silence/calm/direct/restrain the fluctuations of the consciousness/mind’. Patanjali goes on to say that when in this state of yoga, the practitioner then abides in his or her own/true nature.

In my last post I mentioned the sense of mind, body and spirit connection that Savasana provides but the truth of the matter is that the practice of yoga fuses the body, mind and spirit through meditation, breathing and physical postures. The postures, also called asanas, belong to a branch of yoga called Hatha yoga and were developed to strengthen the body, improve health and prepare for meditation. In a modern yoga practice the postures may serve any or all of these purposes but in my opinion for best results, attending a yoga class that focuses on meditation, breathing and physical postures yields the best results.

According to Yoga Journal and my yoga teacher trainers, there are numerous benefits for taking up yoga. If you have been reading my Blog or practicing yoga regularly, I probably don’t need to convince you that yoga improves the body, mind and spirit but I have put together a list just in case 😉

Body:

  • Improves flexibility
  • Builds muscle strength and tone
  • Improves respiration, energy and vitality
  • Perfects posture
  • Prevents cartilage and joint breakdown
  • Protects your spine
  • Improves bone health
  • Increases blood flow
  • Drains lymphs and boosts immunity
  • Ups your heart rate
  • Reduces blood pressure
  • Regulates the adrenal glands
  • Lowers blood sugar
  • Improves balance
  • Maintains the nervous system
  • Maintains a balanced metabolism
  • Releases tension in the limbs
  • Boosts immune system functionality
  • Gives your lungs room to breathe
  • Prevents IBS and other digestive problems
  • Eases pain
  • Helps keep you drug free
  • Employs sounds to soothe your sinuses
  • Keeps allergies and viruses at bay
  • Supports connective tissue
  • Assists with weight reduction
  • Improves cardio and circulatory health
  • Improves athletic performance
  • Boosts sexual performance
  • Protects from injury
  • Lessens chronic pain, such as lower back pain, arthritis, headaches and carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Reduces insomnia
  • Increases body awareness

Mind:

  • Makes you happier
  • Initiates a healthy lifestyle
  • Helps you focus
  • Relaxes your system
  • Helps you sleep deeper
  • Creates peace of mind
  • Increases self-esteem
  • Builds awareness for transformation
  • Guides your body’s healing in your mind’s eye
  • Affects change
  • Encourages self care
  • Helps manage stress
  • Helps develop coping skills
  • Builds a more positive outlook on life
  • Creates mental clarity and calmness
  • Improves mental well-being
  • Relieves chronic stress patterns
  • Relaxes the mind
  • Centers attention
  • Sharpens concentration
  • Creates self-awareness
  • Fights food cravings

Spirit:

  • Provides inner strength
  • Connects you with guidance
  • Benefits your relationships
  • Helps you serve others

Although many people come to yoga for the physical practice, I believe that people keep coming back for all the other wonderful benefits that yoga provides. If you have never given yoga a chance, I encourage you to try it today!

I hope you enjoyed reading my Blog post. Keep on reading my next post to find out more about my take on meditation.

 

Namaste, Natalie

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3 thoughts on “Transform your Mind, Body and Spirit

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