Last week, we talked about getting energized with yoga. Today, we are going to talk about supporting a healthy lifestyle through the practice of yoga.
Psychology Behind Starting A Healthy Lifestyle
There is some very interesting psychology behind the thought of starting a healthy lifestyle. Many students of western thinkers such as Freud, Jung, and Fromm found familiar and indeed, quite rational. 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, those thoughts will eventually dimish. This happens because they become exposed and thus unfed by the unconscious, unobserving mind!
At the same time, as you begin to reduce your level of internal negativity, subsequent external negative behaviors begin to fall off. Habits such as excessive drinking, emotional overeating, and engaging in behaviors that ultimately lead to unhappiness and suffering little by little die out.
Yoga Can Help You Kick Those Bad Habits
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 shows that based on rational and scientific cause and effect
relationships that have been observed for centuries, 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. So it may be a good idea to incorporate a little bit of yoga into your life.
While smoking (for example) is an addiction and the body will react to the lessening of addictive ingredients such as tar and tobacco, yoga will help the process. It will help provide such individuals with the strength and logic that they need in order to discover that smoking actually doesn’t make them feel good.
Being In Tune With Your Body
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 a lot 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. 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 addiction that is in place. Alongside that, there is also an emotional addiction that can be just as strong if not stronger.
Next time, we will be talking about more about the importance of proper yoga attire.
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