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.
Lifestyle magazines dedicate several of their pages to advice, recommended products, and trends for wellness. Many say it’s imperative to do so because the majority of people lead such unhealthy lifestyles, thus this is becoming the norm and help should be provided.
In progressive countries like the US and South Korea, for example, only a few people get enough sleep most of the time; young and old sleep only for six hours at most. In South Korea, particularly, young students are so tired because they dedicate more than half their day to studying and only get an average of 4.9 hours of sleep.
Shoe technology isn’t exactly a common field of interest for many, most are just into fashion and convenience when it comes to their footwear. Whatever looks good with their outfit and/or gets the job done depending on the shoes durability and performance, is what tends to work best for most people. However, consider a shoe that can do much more than just look good and function well, but a shoe technology that makes you lighter on your feet and almost feels as though you’re wearing socks – with all the look and appeal of an actual shoe!?
That is exactly what drove the inspiration behind Vibram Furoshiki shoes. The Japanese inspired shoe technology that wraps around the foot, secured in place by extra-strength velcro, with durable soles and traction for your feet to handle all it’s footwork needs; from running, jumping, climbing, to everything else.
There will be times we feel down or out of place. You are not alone! Millions of people around the world suffer from depression or sadness, feeling as if they aren’t going anywhere. Do you feel that way as well? It may be tough looking for a way to cope and pick yourself up. But that doesn’t mean it’s impossible. As long as you want to change and follow a few steps to live more positively and balanced, you’ll get there.
The question is: Where to start? I will show you five easy yet life-changing ways to live a more positive and balanced lifestyle.
Many people seek the feeling of being ‘high’ and euphoric, such as that ‘cloud nine’ or ‘over the moon’ feeling. Something similar to the rush of endorphins, such as when we fall in love or having accomplished something that took a lot of effort. As well as triggering other such derivatives as dopamine (the feel good vibe), or serotonin (the calm, peaceful kind of vibe).
However, unless all-natural alternatives to achieving these types of high are used, many unwanted side-effects may also come into play. This is because most man-made drugs contain harmful chemicals that are harsh and irritating for the human body to metabolize.
The body is comprised of seven major energy centers (support points) rising up through the center of the spine, known as ‘chakras’. These chakra energy centers can become diluted and weighed down during moments of stress, anxiety, and day-to-day happenings that cause them to tighten up – make us feel ‘high strung’ or worn out.
One way to cleanse and heal them is to practice these quick, effective ways to open and balance the 7 major chakras, which is a meditation technique also known as Kundalini.
The third eye chakra is the sixth major energy center out of seven, located between the eyes in the middle of the forehead, above the throat chakra and below the crown chakra. It is also called the Ajna Chakra in Sanskrit terms and is an integral part of Kundalini Meditation.
It is known to be our portal or ‘connection’ unto the cosmic Universe, also called the ‘seat of the soul’, for it is the chakra associated with the pineal gland (a small area of the brain associated with spiritual awakening).
Thus to elevate, enlighten, and invigorate the third eye chakra, common practice would suggest a number of things, one of which being to decalcify and detoxify the pineal gland.
The Moon is a powerful entity in the night sky, affecting the pull of waves in the ocean tide as well as within ourselves, for the human body is made upwards of 60-70% water. The Moon represents wishes and desires, what we want out of life, as well as governs the emotional state, mood and feelings.
Whereas the Sun represents the father figure and the light, the Moon represents more of the motherly figure and that which we keep hidden and dear to us. Not so much the ‘darkness’ but more so what we secretly yearn for and want from life that we shine a light on internally.
During a New Moon is an opportune time to begin a New Moon meditation. To begin, search your subconscious mind for that which you truly wish to bring into the light. The reality you wish to manifest and create over the course of the next month.