How the Five Points of Yoga Help You Live a Healthy Life
One someone thinks about going to a yoga class, they often think they are going into a class that will be full of stretches that will make them more flexible. Others think yoga is just a class to practice meditation. These thoughts are not wrong, but there is certainly more to yoga than stretching and relaxing.
Yoga comes from a vast and rich ancient philosophy that was developed to serve the wholeness of the human experience. As it has evolved over the centuries, it has been refined to incorporate practices that enhance the lifestyle of everyone. Many studios continue to practice these standards; one particular tradition is following the Five Points of Yoga - said to be the foundation for healthy living.
The Five Points of Yoga are:
Proper Exercise – Asanas
Proper Breathing – Pranayama
Proper Relaxation – Savasana
Proper Diet – Vegetarian
Positive Thinking and Meditation – Vedanta and Dhyana
Let's take a look at each one and see how they can help you live a healthy life.
1. Proper Exercise - Asanas
As mentioned earlier, when you go to a particular style of yoga class, you will be practicing postures that focus on the physical body. The poses (asanas) taught in these classes are meant to bring greater flexibility, strength, and mobility throughout the whole body. Further, your asana practice can improve your heart-health, relieve stress, and stimulate healing. Not only is this considered very good exercise, but it offers a way to be deeply connected and more aware of your body.
In today's classes, you might go to a studio with a Yoga Mat and Yoga Block to help you with movements from pose to pose, alignment, and stability. You can find yoga products at Maji Sports; items like cork yoga mats or bamboo yoga blocks to enhance your practice.
2. Proper Breathing - Pranayama
One style of yoga is called pranayama, or breath work. This is a practice devoted to healthy breathing. There are specific breathing exercises that can help you manage your heart rate, calm your stressed mind, and help to detoxify from toxins that envelop your body.
On a more subtle level, these breathing techniques help energize and vitalize your body and mind. The intention is to raise the prana, or subtle vital life force, throughout the whole body. Pranayama, the breath work, helps to open the blocked bodily channels so that prana, the life force, can flow naturally through you. When combined with asana, your body responds by releasing any tensions or other internal obstacles so you can experience the full richness of life itself.
3. Proper Relaxation - Savasana
After you have completed your work, it is time for rest. This faction is often overlooked; we spend so much time focusing on our daily obligations, that we leave little time for rest. In the holistic view of yoga, relaxation, practiced in the state of Savasana, is very important. By practicing deep relaxation, it rejuvenates your mind, body, and spirit. When you attend a yoga class, the final posture, Savasana, is often practiced. It is the reminder that you have completed your work and it is time to relax. Reclining on a comfortable Meditation Bolster from Maji Sports will encourage your whole body to fully release and relax into the desired state of detachment.
4. Proper Diet - Vegetarian
How we treat our bodies on the inside is just as important as how we treat our bodies on the outside. Eating a pure, clean, and healthy diet is very important for your body to live fully. As yogis, we want to enrich ourselves with positive foods that sustain our physical beings as well as our mental and emotional selves. Processed foods that exist abundantly in our culture today do not necessarily contain the nutrients needed for healthy bodily maintenance. A vegetarian diet is said to be more natural and pure, easier to digest, and full of all the nutrients you require for healthy living.
5. Positive Thinking and Meditation – Vedanta and Dhyana
In addition to all the other life-sustaining requirements listed above, living with a peaceful mind and body, through the practice of meditation, is also needed. We live very stressful lives which can lead to very negative effects on the body, mind, and spirit. If you practice good nutrition, proper exercise with required rest, and add meditation to your daily routine, then you can lead a productive, positive life. Through the practice of mindfulness meditation, you can establish joy, peace, love, and gratitude in everything you do. Meditation eases and calms your mind; it allows you to hear the internal voice of truth and knowledge. Sitting comfortably on a Zafu Meditation Pillow can help with this process.
All of these actions work together in unison; they work hand-in-hand with one another for you to develop and sustain a positive life flow. The Five Points of Yoga can be a wonderful guideline for you as you walk the yoga journey with the intention of bringing joy and meaning to your life.
How Maji Sports Can Help You
We are dedicated to you having a fulfilling lifestyle. The products we have for you are aligned with the same philosophy as the Five Points of Yoga. You will see that our products, like the eco-friendly yoga mats and props, the comfortable bolsters and meditation pillows are designed to enhance your practices so you can focus on your personal yoga journey.
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