Yoga Health for Overcoming Addictions
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Yoga Health for Overcoming Addictions

Addictions come in several forms. They need not be only limited to alcohol, prescription medicines, and narcotic drugs. Overeating, oversleeping, self-created depression, negation, anger, resentments, and uncontrolled emotions are a few examples of addiction. Fear and anxiety also become a part of life, when there is no control over the imaginations of the future. Pondering over the past can also be another form of addiction. I have had practical experience with almost all of these negative factors in my life except drugs.

Yoga – a Recommended Solution

I have found yoga to work for me better than any other methods. The first benefit has been from Mindful breathing. Deep breathing takes extended inhalation and exhalation. The process pumps in more oxygen and takes out more of carbon dioxide and other toxic elements from the body. I started the exercise from a few minutes and improved it to 30 minutes today.

Yoga Breakfast

A cup of lukewarm water before breakfast can boost hunger levels significantly. Then I drink one cup of beet or carrot juice with lime. I go for a long walk, bathe and have a nutritious breakfast. Sprouts salad gives me the strength and stamina early in the morning. It is very simple to prepare and taste to eat too.

Bean, soy-bean, broccoli, green lentil, wheat, radish, and pea are some of the sprouts I have tried. The recommended practice is to soak them overnight and eat them raw the next morning. Boiling can soften them, but it can also take away most of the nutrients. Three or four boiled eggs with pepper and salt with one full glass of milk can be the recommended yoga breakfast. Of course, there are many other options which you can explore.

Yoga Postures

Yoga postures can simple, moderate, or complex. You can choose the ones which you can practice without any side effects. Consult an experienced guru in your city and he will guide you in the right direction. You have to follow the principles and practices of postures without experimenting on something which you don’t know.

Yoga Thinking

How busy or chaotic is your workspace? How often do you get phone calls? How often do you check your emails? How often do you take a break for a cup of coffee and a cigarette? How often do you shout at your teammates and subordinates? There are many such factors which can push you to the brink of stress.

Accepting the things we can’t change and working on things we can change is the basic principle of Yoga thinking. It could be very difficult, but it can come with practice. It may take a few weeks or years to practice. It depends on how willing you are today. Once acceptance comes in, the need for addiction naturally starts reducing. I have been experiencing the results gradually but surely for the past 15 years.

Yoga Health Results

Today, I have a healthy body and a sound mind at the age of 45+. I have no health issues related to diabetes, blood pressure, stress, fatigue, and cardiovascular systems. I am grateful to Yoga Health which has given me yoga for a healthy life.

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The Goodness Of Yoga
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The Goodness Of Yoga

Yogic exercises are not just for the mind alone but it includes routines that are meant for the betterment of the whole body as such. It would only be correct to get to understand what yoga stands for before analyzing its benefits to the person. At the very basic level, yoga stands for the complete exercise of the body and mind. Its sole aim is the complete mind control to such an extent that the very thought process is kept totally under control.

People who practice yoga tend to notice a few changes from the onset and the more time that is spent on the exercises, the better the results achieved in the long run. 

Flexibility

The very first thing that people note of people practicing yoga for some time is the rather flexible nature of their bodies.  It can be termed as a suppleness than a softness that transcends the person. 

Better muscle tone and strength

People that do practice yoga regularly tend to be stronger and have good muscle tones.  That is the lean muscle tissue is much more as compared to the fatty muscle mass. But unlike training with weights and even calisthenics, yoga needs time to bring forth results. So someone starting on yoga needs to be conscious of the fact that time needs to be spent on the practice and on a regular basis as well.  

Increased vitality

The vitality of the person depends on the ability of the individual to release energy stored in the various parts of the body.  Yogic exercises are good at this part for the concentrated efforts that the routines bring to the exercise most of the time. Equally important is the fact that yogic exercises are the least injurious to the general being as it involves just the person’s body weight and slow movements without any sharp pulls of pushes.

Balancing out the metabolism

My metabolism, it is meant to be the simple processing of the body energies. There is positive energy as well as negative energy associated with a person. For the good of the person, the positive energy has to overcome the negative aspect as far as possible. This is where yoga comes to play a strong part in releasing positive energy and curbing negative energy as far as possible.

Weight control

When the whole medical fraternity is divided as to what constitutes the ideal weight of the person, yogic exercises can define how people look and feel about themselves.  With yoga, people never have to be bothered about trying to gain weight or to lose weight at any time. The very nature of the routines is such that they tend to balance out the good part over the bad and help maintain a healthy body weight most of the time.

Conclusion

There is no saying when it is right to call yogic exercises as sufficient. The simple measure of the effectiveness of the routines is when people feel comfortable about themselves as a whole. We have discussed in brief some of the benefits of yoga but they are not by any means conclusive nor the last word at it.

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Why Take To Yoga Routines
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Why Take To Yoga Routines

Yoga is an exercise routine that aims at giving the person complete body and mind.  Most people often do not see the inner strength that yoga provides the person but even otherwise, it is possible to have some very effective yoga workouts to maintain body equilibrium at best. Listed out are the physical benefits of using yoga.

Flexibility

The whole set of routines that constitute yoga tends to be more of flexibility training at its best. Since every muscle group is made of a pair of actuating muscle bodies, it tends to be that the yogic exercises allow one set of muscles to expand while allowing the other set to contract. This sort of pair action allows the better movement of the body in all directions.

Increased Muscle Tone

Muscle tone is the state of the muscle that makes it tense while in the resting state. This is a good sign that the body is in good shape and form at all times. Most athletes and sportsmen tend to keep a toned body as it would mean a more efficient system most of the time. Yoga tends to improve the toning of the body in the long term.

Better Respiration

Most yoga routines stress the breathing factor the most in routines.  As a consequence, it often tends to be that people are fit and strong on the respiratory path.  Most yoga practitioners have a strong lung capacity most of the time.

It has been demonstrated that asthmatics have found good relief in taking to yogic exercises most of the time. In fact, most yoga teachers tend to stress the role of breathing exercises to control breathing trouble in people.

Weight Control

It is possible to control the weight of the person while undergoing yoga exercises to a large extent.  There are specific exercises that aim at increasing the metabolism of the body and with it the rate at which energy is burnt away from the body. Hence maintaining steady body weight.  The well-trained yoga teachers tend to educate the students as to the kind of diet that is being followed along with the set of exercises.

Injury control

There are two aspects to getting injured in sports. The first is the extent of damage that the person undergoes when injured and the second is the time and ease of recovery from the injured state. Yoga can bring forth a strengthening part which would make any sort of injury minor in the occurrence. On the recovery front, it is possible to have a speedy bounce back from the injured state with yogic exercises too. 

Cardio workout

Most of the yogic exercises are good cardio workouts most of the time. They tend to pump up the heart to a healthy level most of the time.  Cardio workouts are the essence of keeping fit most of the time.

Conclusion

There is enough proof that yoga and exercises can help strengthen peoples physical well-being. At the very same time, yoga introduces a balance to life often not possible with other routines. 

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Benefits of Sun Salutation to Your Body and Mind
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Benefits of Sun Salutation to Your Body and Mind

Sun salutation is called Surya Namaskar in Sanskrit. Sun is the one who brings light, energy, vitamins, proteins and all forms of life to us on the earth. He keeps us alive and active. He is the one responsible for the creation, sustenance, growth, and death of living earth. He is also the one who balances the health and fitness conditions of our body every day.

I am referring to the sun as he, because of the Hindus consider sun as the male god who protects and makes the earth prosperous. He travels on a single wheel chariot drawn by seven horses (seven days of the week is the meaning). In India, you can see many temples dedicated to the Sun God for conveying our gratitude to him. Well, we will talk about the Sun salutation posture now.

Sun Salutation Steps

The first posture is the prayer pose. Stand straight on the yoga mat with your hands folded in salutation. Start breathing deeply and spread your shoulders. In the next step, you have to raise your arms up by keeping your spine straight. Bend your spine back gradually.

Now, bend forward and touch the ground with both your hands. Make sure your lower body upright without bending the knees also. Your face will be facing your legs, almost touching them. Bend your right leg back as far as possible. You have to keep your left leg folded at the knee. Move to the stick pose.

Switch to ASHTANGA Posture and move to cobra posture. Now, you have completed the seven postures that are required for the Sun Salutation.

Note: You have to consult your physician before starting with the sun salutation postures. Avoid the postures, if you have any problems with your spinal cord, lower back, liver, kidney, or any other internal organs. You should also avoid it during pregnancy and menstrual cycles.

Sun Salutation Benefits

I started doing sun salutation postures, four months after my first baby was born. It was tough in the initial stages due to my obesity. I started walking, cycling, and swimming to shed weight. Half cup of Neem juice thrice in a week during winter also helped me to shed weight and burn fat.

  • Spinal cord fitness
  • Cardiovascular health
  • Exposure to vitamins directly from the sum (early in the morning before the heat gets higher)
  • Improved circulation
  • Agile nervous system
  • Increased focus and concentration
  • Flexible muscles and limbs

I have experienced many more benefits like reduced abdomen pain, better digestion and elimination, and mental peace with minimized stress. It is not that I don’t get any stress at all. But my body is better capable of handling stress than before.

Conclusion

The changes come gradually, but naturally. I have never felt the feeling that I am doing something stressful during the postures. Things have been easy and comfortable. Of course, you will need a trained yoga guru from whom you have to learn. I suggest you avoid the Do it Yourself (DIY) methods as they can be risky and recovery from injuries tougher than you can imagine.

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Why Should I Practice Yoga Every Day
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Why Should I Practice Yoga Every Day

Yoga is a part of healing, caring, nurturing, and improving the status and condition of your body, mind, and soul. It is a science, therapy, treatment, and wholesome healing process. It is a simple, moderate, difficult, and complex method to attain health and fitness, depending on how well you practice. The effectiveness depends on your Yoga Guru. The way you interact with him determines the efficiency and impact of Yoga on your life and lifestyle.

Yoga as Science

Yoga can dynamically balance the energy levels in your physical body. For example, you can consider the central nervous system, veins, skeletal muscles, joints, limbs, cardiovascular system, and metabolic system.

Controlled Breathing

Accumulation of stress within your body can result in enormous pressure on the brain. It secretes a hormone named Cortisol. It slows down the entire body mechanism to protect them from the effects of stress. It is a sort of sedative which affects the speed of the central nervous system.

Controlled breathing methods of Yoga can naturally reduce the level of stress in your body and brain. Hence, there is no need for the brain to secrete Cortisol.  So, your entire body including the central nervous system (CNS) can balance the energy levels throughout the day.

How to Control Breathing

Your breathing is normally shallow in depth. So, the frequency is relatively high. Hence, the working of your CNS and body is also fast. The frequency of getting tired is high. Now, let us try a simple experiment.

Sit in lotus posture and place both your hands on your thighs with fingers interlocking. Keep your spine straight. Close your eyes and start breathing deeply. Keep your inhalation to 12 seconds and exhalation to 15 seconds per cycle. Do it for two minutes. You can experience the relaxation of your body and brain. It happens because the level of Cortisol generation has become normal.

Try the Excursive for five minutes per day for a week. Reduce alcohol intake and stop smoking for the week. You can experience remarkable results at the end of the week. Your body and mind can endure severe stress and work smoothly.  

You have to focus your mind completely on your breathing during the exercise. In the beginning, your mind can go experience many types of thoughts, anxiety feelings, etc. You have to just ignore them and focus. You can develop concentration without distraction within a span of seven days. Practice the controlled breathing every day in the future.

Child Pose

Child pose is a simple way to relax your spinal cord. Since the main part of CNS is connected to the spine, it can heal the stress factors from the most important muscles and internal organs in your body. Sometimes you may feel sleepy due to the relaxation effects. Don’t worry, it isn’t a sedative action. Practicing this posture can restore your CNS back to efficient working conditions. 

Conclusion

The two yoga postures have helped me in restoring and balancing my physical and mental health so far. You may also try them after consulting your family physician.

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