Do you want to live a long, healthy life, reduce your risk for disease, keep your mind sharp and prevent injury? Great! The Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion wants this too. They created the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, providing recommendations for these five areas: aerobic activity, muscular strength, bone strength, balance and flexibility. These guidelines are online, so be sure to check them out if you are in pursuit of a long and healthy life.
The holiday season inevitably brings joy, stress, and many things in between. This article offers suggestions for using yogic practices to enhance your season and everyday life in just a few moments. Four of the eight limbs of yoga are asana (body exercises), pranayama (breathing exercises), pratyahara (restraint of senses), and dharana (direction of mind). For a rough translation, we will refer to the last two as mindfulness in this article.
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and sustain that direction without any distractions” (sutra 1.2). Yoga practice is commonly associated with yoga classes and physical exercises, but “the practice of yoga must reduce both physical and mental impurities. It must develop our capacity for self-
According to this text, interruptions to mental clarity produce tangible symptoms. Specifically, there are nine types of interruptions to developing mental clarity: illness, mental stagnation, doubts, lack of foresight, fatigue, overindulgence, illusions about one’s true state of mind, lack of perseverance and regression. “They are obstacles because they create mental disturbances and encourage distractions” (sutra 1.31). These interruptions produce one or more of the following symptoms: mental discomfort, negative thinking, the inability to be at ease in different body postures and difficulty in controlling one’s breath (sutra 1.31). How do you experience these interruptions and symptoms in your life?
Means of steadying the mind to halt interruptions and, consequently, symptoms are offered:
Each person is unique. We all have different needs and preferences. It is important to determine how to attain your optimal well-
We’ve looked at tools for addressing mental health from a yogic perspective. Modern health institutions also provide tips for maintaining mental health. Here are a just few that align with the yogic wisdom shared above:
How do the items above cultivate your well-
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Lauren Weaver is a Yogi, Yoga Instructor, and Assistant Instructor with the Yoga Teacher Training Program at Lexington Healing Arts Academy. She can be reached via email at Lauren.mw32@ gmail.com.
Serious mental illness in the Bluegrass state is significantly more common than the national average, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Kentucky also exhibits the absolute lowest levels of exercise in the nation, according to the Gallup-
There is a lot of information out there right now surrounding yoga, which isn’t crazy considering there have been numerous spin-
We will focus on a few sections about the mind since yoga is defined as “the ability to direct the mind exclusively toward an object