Breath… the essential element of life. It is the first thing we take when stepping into the world and leave while stepping out of it. In this span, we take zillions of breaths. But, during this time, do we ever realize its connection with the mind and body? Do we ever notice the influence of our thoughts and physiology on the breath? Do we ever think how changing the breathing pattern can do wonders for the mind, body, and soul? Yes, that is right. Learning the art of controlling the breath can be great in improving one’s overall well-being, and this can be done through Pranayama.
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Yoga meditation is exactly that – practicing the art of meditation and yoga at the same time, combined into one solid practice. Essentially meditation is already (or soon becomes) a staple part of doing yoga. This is because focusing the mind and engaging a meditative state is a great way of enhancing and strengthening yogic practice. Yet even though meditation greatly enhances yoga, yoga is not necessary for meditation.
One can simply remain seated or lying down to reap the benefits of meditation – yet to take your meditation and yoga skills to the next level and strengthen both one’s core strength as well as mental fortitude, yoga meditation is what you seek.
Exercise is a crucial part of a healthy lifestyle, without it we’d be living life at only a quarter of it’s potential; becoming overweight and/or run out of breath entirely too quickly during regular activity. Many people enjoy exercising early in the morning, or during the day – yet few people take advantage of the many perks there are to exercising at night!
Granted, exercise of any kind can be done at night before going to sleep. This may include going for a jog, dancing, walking the dog, having intercourse, lifting weights, even just stretching or working on flexibility, among so many other options. Yet an exercise that encompasses both core strength muscles while also working on flexibility – is yoga! ♥
Practicing yoga is a great way to tone the muscles, increase flexibility, and amp up core strength. Even doing a single yoga pose at the start or end of each day can help in all three of these categories over time. Plus, by strengthening our core we become less prone to injury, better able to maintain weight, as well as strengthen back muscles and both sides of the torso.
When assuming a yoga pose, remember to breathe consciously and rhythmically, relax the mind but engage the body, move slowly yet stay strong, and keep the eyes focused on a single spot.
A great way to start any yoga practice would be with Sun Salutations. These help stimulate yet ease the body into preparing for more complex maneuvers. From there, feel free to try any of the suggested poses below to activate the core and increase it’s strength.
One of the best yoga practices available, which happens to be some of the most basic, beginner levels of yoga – would be Sun Salutations. It’s derived from the Sanskrit phrase, “surya namaskara”, “surya” meaning sun, and “namaskara” meaning salutations. It was originally developed as a way of expressing gratitude to the Earth and the rising Sun for providing bountiful energy and life.
Below you’ll find 7 Sun Salutations to help speed you along your yogic journey, and help prepare you for a higher, more advanced level.