Last updated on August 25th, 2019 at 10:07 pm
Today, we are going to talk about supporting a healthy lifestyle through the practice of yoga.
We all know that there are many benefits that you can get from yoga.
Yoga can truly help to enhance your life by not only strengthens and tones your body, but it can also help to bring you peace of mind and help you to take your focus off of something stressful and put it on moving through the pose.
By shifting your focus in that way, you give yourself time to rethink that problem or situation you are struggling with and be able to come up with a better solution to it.
Along with the many other benefits of yoga, it can help support your healthy lifestyle and keep you on track!
Psychology Behind Starting A Healthy Lifestyle
Before we get into how yoga can support a healthy lifestyle, I wanted to talk a little about how the psychology behind actually starting a healthy lifestyle.
My blog post on “How To Start A Healthy Lifestyle” goes into more details about starting a healthy lifestyle so definitely go check it out! 😊
When you decide to be happy or start a healthy lifestyle, something within you activates.
A kind of will or awareness emerges.
This awareness begins to observe the jungle of negative thoughts that begin to swim🏊🏾♀️ around in your mind.🧠
Rather than attacking each of these thoughts since that would be a never-ending struggle, yoga simply advises you to observe them.
Through observing those thoughts and not giving them any power, they will eventually diminish.
This happens because they become exposed and thus unfed by the unconscious, un-observing mind!
As you begin to reduce your level of internal negativity, subsequent external negative behaviors begin to dissipate.
Habits such as excessive drinking,🍺🍷🍸 emotional overeating,🍔🍟🍕 smoking,🚬 not getting enough sleep,😪 being depressed, 😔 and engaging in behaviors that ultimately lead to unhappiness😕 little by little begin to die out.
You must be asking yourself right now, “how do I formulate this willpower?“
Get Rid of Those Bad Habits🚬🍺🍷 Through Yoga
It would be an overstatement to imply that practicing yoga is the easy way to, quit smoking or to start exercising regularly.
If that were the case, then everyone and their grandma👵🏾 would be getting into yoga!
Yoga simply shows that when someone begins to feel good on the inside, they naturally tend to behave in ways that enhance and promote this feeling of inner wellness.
While smoking and drinking excessively are an addiction and the body will react both negatively (withdraw) and positively to the lessening of these addictive ingredients, yoga can help with the healing process.
It can help provide individuals who struggle with these things or anything similar with the strength and logic that they need in order to realize that these habits do not make them feel good.
Because of this, it may be a good idea to incorporate a little bit of yoga into your life or at least give it a try if you never tried it before.
There are many different styles of yoga out there and you can try them all!
They all have different benefits that can enhance and help you stay on track with your healthy living journey.
Be In Tune With Your Body🧘🏾♀️
Once you start to change your habits around, eat better, add a little bit of yoga into your life, you will begin to see how bad smoking🚬 and excessive drinking 🍺🍷🍸 actually makes you feel.
It would be a lot harder to breathe and think clearly(heavy drinking), for one and you will begin to take note as to how much money💵💵 you have spent on cigarettes and alcohol alone.
This is not just about smoking and drinking either.
It could be any bad habit you may have.
This includes, not sleeping, overeating, doing drugs,💊 taking hard prescriptions to get to sleep or numb some form of pain.
Yoga helps you to be in tune with your body and how it is feeling.
Mindful meditation is another tool you can use to help you kick those bad habits to the curb.
Meditation🧘🏾♀️ helps as well.
It allows you to be in tune with your mind🧠 and what is going on inside of it.
To be able to kick a bad habit to the side, you need to know what those bad habits are.
Once they are brought out into the light💡 aka on paper,📝 then you will be able to see exactly what they are.
By knowing what they are, you can then find solutions to stopping them completely!
To Wrap Things Up…
Now, this post is not an anti-smoking or drinking post and if you’ve struggled or are struggling with these things I am not here to offend you.
There is no attempt here at all to imply that quitting these things is easy or just a matter of willpower.
If it were that easy, then there wouldn’t be hotlines or addictive centers to help people quit.
Scientists have proven that there is a true physical and emotional addiction that is in place with these issues.
❗️If you are struggling with any kind of addiction contact an addiction center near you for help. ❗️
Your health and happiness depends on you taking that first step to quitting! ❤️
I am rooting for you! 😊
Anyways, I hope this post was helpful in informing you on how yoga can help you get rid of those bad habits and for you to be in tune with your body.
Living a healthy lifestyle takes time and effort, but it can be done!
Remember that being healthy takes time and it is a journey.
Take it day by day and you will be able to truly enhance your life and live it to the fullest.
To supporting a healthy lifestyle,
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