Last week, we talked about getting energized with power yoga
Today, we are going to talk about supporting a healthy lifestyle
through the practice of yoga.
There is some very interesting psychology behind this that student’s of
western thinkers (e.g. Freud, Jung, Fromm, etc.) will find familiar and
indeed, quite rational.
When an individual decides to be happy, something within that person
activates; a kind of Will or Awareness emerges. This awareness begins
to observe the jungle of negative thoughts that are swimming constantly
through the mind.
Rather than attacking each of these thoughts because that would be
an unending struggle, yoga simply advises the individual to watch that
struggle and through that watching, the stress will diminish (because it
becomes exposed and thus unfed by the unconscious, unobserving
At the same time, as an individual begins to reduce their level of
internal negativity, subsequent external negative behaviors begin to fall
of their own accord. Habits such as excessive drinking, emotional
overeating, and engaging in behaviors that ultimately lead to
unhappiness and suffering.
With this being said, it would be an overstatement to imply that
practicing yoga is the easy way to, say, quit smoking or to start
exercising regularly. If that were the case, yoga would be ideal! Yoga
simply says that based on rational and scientific cause and effect
relationships that have been observed for centuries, that when a person
begins to feel good inside, they naturally tend to behave in ways that
enhance and promote this feeling of inner wellness.
As such, while smoking (for example) is an addiction and the body will
react to the lessening of addictive ingredients such as tar and tobacco
(just to name two of many!), yoga will help the process. It will help
provide the individual with the strength and logic that they need in order
to discover that smoking actually doesn’t make them feel good.
In fact, once they start observing how they feel, they’ll notice without
a doubt that instead of feeling good, smoking actually makes one feel
quite bad inside…it’s harder to breathe, for one.
Now, this post isn’t an anti-smoking post and if you’ve struggled with
smoking then please don’t be offended by any of this. There is
no attempt here at all to imply that quitting smoking is easy or just a
matter of willpower.
Scientists have proven that there is a true physical addiction that is in
place alongside an emotional addiction that can be just as strong…
perhaps even stronger.
Next time, we will be talking about more about the importance of proper yoga attire.
Check out my next blog post–>“Why Yoga Matters Part 12-Proper Yoga Attire “
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