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Stress Harms Our Health

Most of us know that being chronically stressed is not good for us. But we may not realize how much stress is harming our health. Stress is associated with many health problems and diseases—heart disease, high blood pressure, weakened immunity, and digestive disorders, to name just a few. And the effects of stress aren't limited to our physical well-being. Chronic stress has also been shown to cause clinical depression and other mental disorders.

It is estimated that a whopping 75-90% of all doctor visits in the United States are stress-related. An American Psychological Association survey says that about one-fourth of Americans rate their stress level as 8 on a 10-point scale. That's pretty high stress.

We all experience stress. It might be caused by a tense situation at work, or family problems. Coping with disease and financial problems are also common causes of stress. Part of the reason we become chronically stressed in the first place is that we don't take the time to really relax. Endless activity and multi-tasking is stressful and takes its toll. We need to take some time out for yoga. A regular yoga practice can help relieve and even prevent stress.

 

We Need to Rest

Yoga teaches that we are active by nature, so it's natural for us to be busy. But it's not natural to live at such a frenzied pace and under constant stress. We absolutely need downtime & real rest. When we do finally have time to relax, we should be selective and choose those activities that will benefit us the most.

Some activities in our daily life can be agitating and can alter our mood or stir our emotions, like watching the news, a movie, or having a debate with someone online. Other activities are calming and prevent or relieve stress. For example, you can turn your attention inward and do some calming yoga poses or yoga breathing exercises, yoga relaxation, or meditation. These are wonderful ways to ease stress, for both the body and mind. By taking the time to practice these valuable techniques, we can prevent stress from becoming chronic.  Yoga Exercises, Yoga Nidra, Relaxation, and Meditation are very tangible and effective ways to ease our stress and to help prevent stress-related disease.

 

Yoga Nidra

Yoga Nidra is a powerful yoga technique that's easy to practice and effective in bringing deep relaxation and inner awareness. Yoga Nidra can also help you sleep better and wake up in the morning feeling rested and recharged.

So many of us these days don't take the time to truly rest. Yet deep relaxation helps prevent disease and is vital to our overall health. Yoga Nidra is a wonderful, ancient technique that will help you achieve a deeply restful state. It allows you to relax your entire body, one part at a time.

While Yoga Nidra is primarily a day-time relaxation technique, many people like to practice practice Yoga Nidra just before bed-time to help quiet the mind and make it easier to fall asleep. By falling asleep with a relaxed body and calm mind, you will sleep much more soundly, the quality of your sleep will improve, and you'll need less sleep. You'll also wake up in the morning feeling rejuvenated. It truly is a wonderful technique that also helps with insomnia, nervousness, and anxiety.

As you are gently guided through the ancient practice of Yoga Nidra, you will discover on this soothing journey that deep-seated tension and stress melts away. Lying down or sitting in your favorite chair, you can close your eyes and leave your cares behind as I guide you step-by-step through the relaxation of your body and mind. As you become still, you will experience healing energy flowing freely throughout your body bringing you calmness, clarity, and deep physical, mental, and emotional relaxation.

Yoga Nidra - Become aware of each part of your body that is touching the floor, feeling very heavy. Heels, calves, hamstrings, become aware of your breathing. Breath in and out, breathing slowly and evenly.

Wishing you well,
Wai Lana

 

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Yoga : The Perfect Ounce of Prevention

Yoga : The Ounce of Prevention

This body is like a vehicle that we are driving. We need to look after this very important vehicle to keep it running smoothly for as long as possible. We’ve all heard the saying that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Well, yoga is the perfect ounce of prevention. This is why I make a variety of yoga TV Shows for people at different levels—so that everyone, from kids to the elderly, can experience the benefits of yoga.

Norma is a good example of someone who has used yoga as her ounce of prevention. At 85 she is still teaching yoga asanas, helping many seniors get much-needed exercise and experience a better quality of life.

NORMA WOLF:

The benefits are shown by people remarking how youthful I look and “what’s your secret?” and I tell them “Do Wai Lana Yoga, she’s the best”. First of all, I studied under many teachers, and I myself am a yoga teacher. When I first came in contact with Wai Lana on TV something clicked. Her teaching just resonated with me, and so when you’re seeking a teacher, and when you find the right one, it’s almost like an “ah ha” moment. This is the person I want to study under, so I’ve been doing yoga with Wai Lana over the years and every session with her I feel so peaceful, my energy is so good, and I can face my day much better. For me Wai Lana is very inspiring. I feel very fortunate to be able to do her postures.

 

Yoga Improves Posture

Many viewers who suffer from a sedentary lifestyle have written to tell me that practicing yoga poses has helped their posture. Combine lack of exercise with hours slouching at a computer, driving a car, or lounging in front of the TV, and we're likely to have problems as our body ages. Chronic poor posture can lead to back and neck pain, pinched nerves, poor breathing, reduced circulation, sluggish digestion—even depression. But we can reduce or even prevent the problems caused by poor posture simply by cultivating good posture. Practicing yoga poses regularly helps us be aware of our posture. This awareness helps us make a conscious effort not to slouch, and to sit and stand in a way that supports the natural curves of the spine.

If you haven't exercised much over the years, you may have lost some of your strength and mobility. It's subtle and gradual, so we often don't notice—until all of a sudden we have difficulty doing something that was easy before. Well practicing yoga poses will help you regain strength and flexibility. These asanas are also great for improving your balance and keeping you mentally alert. So after practicing asanas regularly for a while, you may even be able to go back to the activities you love—activities you once thought you had to give up.

Wishing you well
Wai Lana

 

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The Yogic Approach to Education

“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” This phrase, spoken hundreds of years ago by Benjamin Franklin, is very insightful when considering how to educate our children.

I recently read an interesting article from the Washington Post which explained that the majority of modern educators use numbers and data in developing educational systems, rather than emphasizing a more hands-on experience.

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The yoga system teaches a holistic approach to one’s mental, physical, and spiritual well-being. Thus a yogic system of learning encourages a child to adapt and learn at their own pace, utilizing their own strengths, and building on their weaknesses. It also directly involves the child in understanding the bigger scheme of things and the connection between the material and spiritual aspects of life. They come to see all facets of learning are simply parts of a whole machine.

For example, in school cafeterias children are provided meals, but how often do the children actually know what is in their meal, where the ingredients come from, or what the nutritional value and dietary effects the meal has on them?

The yogic teachings provide children with the understanding of where their meal is coming from, how it is grown, its impact on the environment and their health, and much more. This kind of holistic approach allows a child to consider all the aspects surrounding a particular subject and how all subjects are linked together, whether it is history and physical education, or lunchtime and mathematics.

Learning in this fashion is less compartmentalized and offers a more complete experience, allowing a child’s mind to develop in a well-rounded way.

I hope this article provides you with some food for thought, and encourages you to find ways to help your child have a more holistic learning experience.

Wishing you well,
Wai Lana

 

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The Importance of Being Little

A change in the way society is educating its children has highlighted a problem caused by transitioning children into academics too early in life. Erika Christakis has written an interesting book on this subject called “The Importance of Being Little.”

The author makes the point that very young children need to be doing more playing than anything else. More and more, it seems that kindergarten is “the new first grade”, and pre-school is the new kindergarten. What this means is that our kids’ childhoods are shrinking, depriving them of the important early developmental years.

 

                                        

                                            Photo Courtesy: Erikachristakis.Com

 

There are so many ways that kids can learn through playing - it is a great way for them to develop social skills and problem solving, language skills, and it gets them thinking creatively. Christakis said, “When you look at how kids learn, they learn when something is meaningful to them, when they have a chance to learn through relationships — and that, of course, happens through play.”

When playtime is lessened, this opportunity for kids to learn in a meaningful way is also lessened. In this digital age where kids are already turning to computers and phones earlier in life, this can present problems. You can checkout 4 tips to help & inspire your children to learn here.

My Little Yogis range of products has yoga DVDs, activity books, playing cards, music CDs, and many other products designed to help kids learn while having fun. 

Teaching children from a young age about the importance of yoga and meditation is also something that I believe is conducive to a successful future. Getting kids to unwind at the end of the day or for an afternoon nap can be made easier with my Daydream DVD or CD. They contain beautiful songs and fun animation.

I also have a Little Yogis DVD with yoga workouts designed just for kids. My kids and grandkids have all done yoga starting from a young age, and it has been a great foundation not only for physical fitness but to assist them with the range of problems that young adults can face these days, like anxiety and depression.

Allowing our kids to just be kids and learn in ways that are meaningful to them - such as through playtime - I think has benefits that far outweigh any perceived downsides.

Wishing you well,
Wai Lana

 

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Yoga Increases Quality of Life and Brings People Together

In the world today, it is all too easy to feel isolated from one another. In modern culture, social gatherings and face-to-face conversations have been replaced with social media and texting, and people are feeling increasingly disconnected from their families, friends, and neighbors.

I recently read this article which discussed how strong, broad-based social support (the kind you tend to develop via in-person interactions) increases your odds of living longer by 91 percent. It also described that close connections have a proven impact on survival or quality of life for people facing health issues like cancer, stroke, dementia, depression, and diabetes.

There is no doubt yoga can bring people closer together. Sharing a yoga class can make strangers into friends as we work our way through a rejuvenating series of asanas together. And to join in a heartwarming Group Meditation (Kirtan) brings a sense of kinship like no other!

Photo: Group Meditation (Kirtan)

By following the path of yoga, we can cultivate genuine care and compassion for others, and thus experience a true sense of community. And as we grow spiritually, we will find that our feelings of inner peace and spiritual happiness will naturally increase.

In this way, being satisfied from within, we automatically have more harmony in our relationships with others. We will no longer feel like it is our spouse’s responsible for bringing us happiness. We will no longer feel like it’s up to our friends to fill our emptiness inside. And we will no longer feel like our children must provide us with boundless joy. We are free to love and cherish family and friends exactly as they are.

So let us put down our cell phones a little more often and make more time to be with the people we love. Let us get together with our family and engage in a morning session of yoga asanas before we start our busy day. Let us gather with friends for a relaxing evening of Group Meditation (Kirtan). Your relationships will blossom, and both your body and spirit will thrive.

Wishing you well,
Wai Lana

 

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4 Ways to Inspire Children to Learn

Education is a big part of our lives. If you think about it, by the time we’re twenty, most of us have spent three quarters of our lives, if not more, attending school. It’s the key time in our lives when we’re given the chance to explore who we are, what we can do, and what we want to do.

Our early experiences lay down a foundation for life, how we view the world and our relationships with others.

The Atlantic has posted an interesting article called ‘The New Preschool is Crushing Kids : Todays young children are working more, but they’re learning less'

The author discusses the current push to formally educate kids earlier and earlier—as early as preschool, and how “much of the conversation in today’s preschool classrooms is one-direction and simplistic, as teachers steer students through a highly structured schedule, herding them from one activity to another…”

Additionally, the article sites a study called “Is Kindergarten the New First Grade?,” where researchers reported that teachers’ rising expectations for children to read by the end of the year and to spend more time “with workbooks and worksheets, and less time devoted to music and art”, is indeed affecting kids.

The result?

It’s no surprise that most children lose their enthusiasm to learn when what comes naturally to them, like play, spontaneous discussion, and thinking out loud, are not emphasized. As a parent I know that to help a child develop, it’s important to take the time to learn how a child thinks, how they see things, and what they’re interested in. Given what they need, children will thrive and relationships grow strong.

 

How can adults help kids learn?

Get to know them

Find out what makes them tick, what they like and don’t like. What does this person have an affinity for? Incorporate that into their learning. This basic, often overlooked approach recognizes we’re all individuals. We naturally have different personalities, tastes, interests, and skills. This is key. It gives us a launch pad for kids to retain information. For instance, if you have a child that likes to cook, you can help them learn math with a recipe. The possibilities are endless.

 

Listen

It’s easy to get in the habit of just instructing. Kids need that but it’s also important to hear them. If a child has a difficult time answering questions about a story, find out why. Did they relate to the character in the story? Why didn’t they? Did they like the story? Why not? What part of the story was confusing? By reading those parts through again and allowing the child to spontaneously discuss, think out loud, and formulate opinions, helps reveal where they’re at. Taking interest in what they have to say engages them and peaks their interest.

 

Talk to them

Kids pick up an awful lot of information through conversation. Simply by talking to adults and each other, kids learn how things work, they explore concepts they wouldn’t have thought of themselves, they gain insights and they reveal themselves. They also develop a broad vocabulary naturally. They hear new words being used and they hear the context and they naturally pick them up.

 

Give them a role in the process

Like all of us, kids tend to withdraw when they don’t have any say. When a child is allowed to make decisions, it’s extremely motivating. For instance, allowing them to choose a writing topic, giving them a choice of stories or books to read, or which hobbies they want to pursue, are all essential in helping them to succeed.

Wishing you Well,
Wai Lana

 

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A Yoga Lifestyle Can Help Prevent Addiction

Addiction is not something that only affects “other people”. If you look carefully, nearly all of us have some form of addiction, whether we consider it a problem or not. There are so many things a person can become addicted to: alcohol, pornography, shopping, gambling, watching TV, playing video games, using a smart phone, food, and prescription or recreational drugs.

Yoga teaches us that if we want to solve a problem, we should first try to understand its root cause. When it comes to addiction, we need to recognize that we are all experiencing inner emptiness to one degree or another. We are craving for something to give us pleasure and make us happy.

That’s because as an eternal living being, or spirit-soul, it is actually our natural condition to be happy. However, if we falsely identify ourselves as our body, we will be pulled around by the demands of our mind and senses in a futile attempt to fill our inner emptiness. It’s like trying to fill a barrel with water, but there’s a hole in the bottom and the water keeps leaking out.

 

 

If we’re engaging in activities that are detrimental to our body or mind, the more likely we are to experience frustration, agitation, and depression—even to the point of becoming destructive. With this increased emptiness inside, we automatically turn to whatever it is we are already addicted to. It’s a viscous cycle and it’s very, very difficult to break free from the shackles of addiction, no matter what the habit is.

But a yogi understands that we are not the body, and therefore material “enjoyment” will never truly satisfy us. What we need is a higher happiness—we need spiritual food. The real solution to avoiding or letting go of bad habits is to experience and cultivate a higher taste.

I’ll give you an example. I have a Canadian friend. If you were to offer her artificial pancake syrup, there’s just no way she would use it. She’s had a taste for pure maple syrup, and for her, there is no substitute. Once you experience a higher taste, there’s just no turning back to things that may have previously been desirable.

In regards to addiction, the old saying “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” couldn’t be more true. It’s much easier to prevent getting a negative addiction to something in the first place, than to break the cycle of addiction.

It’s only common sense that a person will be more likely to get addicted to things like drugs or alcohol if they lack a deeper purpose or meaning to their lives. Through a yoga lifestyle, we can stay grounded and strong within and experience an inner satisfaction that will prevent us from seeking fulfillment in things that only lead to emptiness and turmoil.

Simple lifestyle changes, like eating more healthfully, being aware of our environment, getting plenty of fresh air, engaging in sports or outdoor exercise like swimming, hiking, or bicycling are all positive steps towards preventing addiction.

By following along with the Yoga Wisdom meditations found in my Easy Meditation for Everyone Kit, you can develop a deeper outlook on life. Simply contemplating upon one quote a day can help you experience a more meaningful and purposeful life.

 

 

The practice of Chakra Meditation, also in my meditation kit, is a wonderful tool to help you become more aware of the subtle energy flowing throughout your body. If you appreciate that the source of this subtle energy is the jiva atma, or spirit-soul, then you can begin to experience and realize that you are not the body, as we discussed earlier.

There are also several other practices of Yoga Sound Meditation in the kit that people of all ages and backgrounds can apply to experience the inner satisfaction we all seek. Through meditating on sacred yoga mantras, each of us can cultivate a deep, spiritual happiness. By immersing yourself in these relaxing and purifying mantras, you can attain relief from stress and anxiety, achieve mental clarity, and experience a sense of relaxation and inner peace.

And this is only the start! The path of yoga is the path towards true and lasting happiness. Once you get a taste, you’ll have a truly positive addiction, which is sharing that spiritual happiness with others.

Wishing you well,
Wai Lana

 

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What People are saying about Wai Lana Yoga

Here are some videos testimonials by people who have experienced wonderful benefits from Wai Lana Yoga shows.

 

She takes you to a place of serenity

 

"I have been doing Yoga one and half year of my life or so I thought, so I thought, until Feb 13th of last year 2014 when I happened to play Wai Lana PBS show and my life has never been the same. Wai Lana Yoga seriously, that's when you start to really do yoga. That's when you finally start to get it what Yoga is. Because the way Wai Lana Yoga is, she just takes you to a place of serenity, where everything is ok. When you are doing her tapes, when you are doing her DVD's, you feel better, you start up may be feeling so good and then you stay with her and by the time you are done, you have a song in your heart, you have joy, you feel that you can conquer the world, that everything is ok and I have been doing her every single day pretty much without fail since Feb 13th of last year. Once in a while there is circumstances where I don't but usually every single day I get up an hour and half early from my job so that I have the time to spend doing my Wai Lana Yoga."

 

This is a very unique and beautiful experience

 

"What I like most about Wai Lana Yoga is it's a unique yoga experience. It's not like going to a yoga studio or taking a class at the gym, it's just her, you know in the beautiful locations and you hear her voice and she talks you through the yoga steps and you can almost put yourself where she is at that moment and it makes it very easy to forget the worries of the day, just focus on the music, her voice and before you know it, it's done and it would last longer and it has become a part of my life and I look forward to it every day and I know I can do this for the rest of my life, no matter how in shape, out of shape I am, it's something I can do and it feels great because you know I like to be healthier, I like to be active and Wai Lana has given me that gift of good health. And, So Thank You Wai Lana and keep up the good work."

 

My Speed Walking and Tennis has improved since doing this

 

"I do speed walking and I find that as result of doing Wai Lana yoga. I can, it's easier for me and I can go to a greater length also which is helping me a lot in playing tennis. I play tennis 2, 3 times a week during the spring and summer seasons and it helps me with indoors. The programs sometimes emphasize the, focusing doing sort of eye exercises and doing exercises which improve your balance where you have got to focus on one object in order to do it and so this is, can be transmitted to sport like tennis where you really focused and you are looking perhaps more clearly than I would have before I started Wai Lana Yoga"

 

Wai Lana Yoga helped me recover after the 9/11 attacks

 

"I survived in 9/11 terrorist attacks. I was, my life was saved by my co-worker and I suffered multiple blackouts in that day and I have been bed ridden for several years. I can't even walk more than one block on the street. I can't even get out. This is my service dog and he helps me, he helps me a lot and now even when I going to shower he never used to do that, he stays with me in the shower because I had so many bad incidents in the shower; collapsing, fainting. But he stays with me to make sure that everything is fine.

I found that Wai Lana Yoga and I started doing it and I started feeling better because it was the setting  plus she was not talking she was narrating her program and the meditation was absolutely unbelievable. The eye contact you just forget yourself completely and you get some submerged into that world, Wai Lana world. So I started feeling much better and I started doing every day, even the dances, her smile showing the, you know her service to humanity and all our life. It was so beautiful, the mantras and the scenery was absolutely spectacular."

 

When i hear her voice, i start to feel better

 

 

"When I listen to Wai Lana Yoga, when I hear her voice, as soon as it starts, I start to feel better, I feel that it kind of be ok. I can feel my shoulders come down as soon as I start seeing her. She has this serenity about her, this calm, soothing energy. My sister says I think she is your idol, She is. I have never known a practitioner of yoga which I have done like I said, one and half year of my life until I discovered Wai Lana Yoga and that's when I truly discovered Yoga. Everything about her, ahhh it makes me happy. She puts a song in your heart. She transcends beyond just the physicality of Yoga, she takes you elsewhere and it's just a calmness that puts me in a better space. It's just Aahh...hhaaa, and then you smile and then you feel better and then you can start your day because you know if you need her again she is waiting for you at the end of the day. So you can have Wai Lana Yoga in the morning, you can have Wai Lana Yoga in the evening, you can feel better all day and night. It's a wonderful gift. So Thank you!!"

 

This is the real deal & delivers on its promises

 

"There are so many things that promises so much and just don't deliver. You know and its nice you run into something  that makes the promises, you invest a certain amount of time and effort into this situation and there is a noticeable payback, there is a noticeable pay off. And that's kind of a snow ball thing; once you see, once you find a noticeable pay off, and I want to do just may be a little bit more or at lease keep add it.

When I keep add it there is more pay off and there is very few things that I found that actually produce what you know Wai Lana goes through this whole thing, sometimes benefit this, benefit that, benefit of the other thing and I am a great guy for looking at the TV and saying what a crock that is, ohh boy that propaganda. But I am listening to those, her affirmations and I am saying, wah, that's actually pretty true. It's actually you know which is nice to see something that is connecting to something which I can feel myself and you know that gives me a little bit more faith in anything, humanity."

 

This helped prevent soreness

 

"Wai Lana has definitely prevented soreness for me . I once worked in a farm in Hawaii doing work in a vegetable farm.We are out in the farm all day weeding and planting and it put a lot of strain on our body and afterwards when you come inside and do the Wai Lana yoga and I never felt the soreness. Only the first few days when I was not doing Wai Lana but after that I am including Wai Lana everyday and I never stopped because it prevented the soreness, it prevented the tension, so Wai Lana is really good for everything."

 

Wai Lana has a very relaxing presence and is very sincere

 

"I think I like about Wai Lana Yoga is, she is very soothing the way she speaks and she has a very relaxing presence and she is very sincere too. You know some of the other yoga programs are, they are very competitive that seems like and she is not competitive at all. And you won't feel that the need and you are in your own home too but somehow even in your own home but somebody's yoga programs you feel like letting the instructor down if you don't do the right way.

I like the fact that she, you know she is outside quite a bit and most yoga instructors in her productions, most yoga instructors are wearing you know yoga wear the very tight, revealing clothing and it's refreshing to have her wearing her silks, her blue silks, her pink silks. You know she is covered from head to foot, so you are not distracted by you know looking at what you are not, you know what you aspire to be. So it's bit of a blank   . You can see what she is doing. She looks wonderful. She is very colorful, but you don't have, you know the typical yoga pants and the yoga camisole that's different and refreshing too."

 

The relaxation by Wai Lana relieves tension

"Well, there are various things that I have enjoyed about the Wai Lana programming. At the end of her presentation she generally does a song or a little bit of dance or just lays down on her mat and relaxes and tells you to relax and that is a very meditative feeling for me. I know after I am done with my stretching, quite a often I will lay down and just I will feel the tension flow right through my spine and out and that's something that I really enjoy."

 

I encourage many of my friends to watch her

"I just wish the whole world know about her, I practice her yoga every day wherever I go, whenever  I have an extra moment, I, it's with me even all the time, when my breathing, when I am in the kitchen, cooking, she is with me all the time. I encourage many of my friends to watch her and even friends that I had at the gym, once I started doing Wai Lana, 2 weeks later, no I just go to the gym for the steam room. That's all. Not for the yoga anymore. Why? You have a personal teacher. It's a one on one relation with this amazing lady who is just absolutely gifted."

 

The Favorite part of the show is Wai Lana

 

"My favorite part of Wai Lana Yoga is Wai Lana. It is her presence, it is her serenity, it is her calm soothing voice, it is the way she helps you energize and relax at the same time. It is the way Wai Lana Yoga takes you on a journey, where you begin with physical movements but then you transcend it to a higher level. I think the most profound experience besides myself was with my mom. I felt like since this is helping me so much why can't Wai Lana yoga help her. Understanding that my mom is 87 years old at that time with a walker, with a wheel chair and yet she would stand here in my living room as she would practice Wai Lana Yoga."

 

It would start my day just right

 

"What I like best about Wai Lana yoga, it's something that I always look forward to. It starts my day way off just right. It could be raining outside, but when I am in front of the programming, I see beautiful scenery, I see a relaxed, kind, gentle person who truly cares about what I am about. Who helps me through the day and I just , it's such a big part of my life now, it's, it's wonderful, really really is"

 

The Yogic Outlook on Aging

Science News ran an interesting article entitled “healthy old age may trump immortality”. It had various points on aging and how a person's lifespan may one day be lengthened. It also explained that the effects of aging could be minimized through scientific advancements. The premise of the study seems to be that with a healthy body, free from the ravages of aging, a person would be happy. While we can appreciate that a healthy body does make us feel better, a yogic outlook on life offers a deeper perspective on happiness and aging.

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My “Alive Forever” video shares the ancient yoga wisdom expressed as “Aham Brahmasmi”—meaning I am the eternal spiritual being. I am not my body, and I will not die when my body dies. This simple message has the power to free us all from the fear of aging and death.

Inevitably, no matter how much science can help us to age gracefully, these bodies at some point or another, will cease to be. However, we, the soul, are eternal in essence. The true self is ever-youthful and ever-lasting.
 

“Knowing I’m not the body, I am at ease.

I am spirit soul. I glide through life with inner peace.

Life has no end. Alive forever, I the soul, will be.”

Science has proven that we have an entirely new body every seven years because every molecule is replaced at certain points in our lifetime. Take a look at a photograph from seven years ago, and notice the subtle and not so subtle differences. What remains unchanged? You, the spirit soul residing in that body. This tangible example is simple evidence of this ancient Vedic truth of Aham Brahmasmi.

While we should do everything we can to eat healthily, exercise daily, drink water, and get enough sleep, we shouldn’t be afraid of aging or getting old. The true self is ever youthful and everlasting. Taking refuge in this knowledge is where true inner peace can be found. While very simple, this message is very profound and the real solution to the issues caused by aging.

Wishing you well,
Wai Lana

 

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Introvert vs. Extrovert, Chronic Anxiety, and Feeling Good Again

We’re all so different, no two of us the same, each with our own tastes, things we like, things we don’t like, and our own special lens with which we view the world and the people around us.As you’ve probably come to know, some people are more social and some people less social.Social people genuinely love being around others. Going to a concert or big event is exciting.  In a school setting, a social person might form a study group to take advantage of other people’s unique skills. Or perhaps after moving to a new neighborhood they might go out of their way to knock on someone’s door just to introduce themselves.

For a very introverted person, however, those things wouldn’t come easy at all. What comes naturally for a social person might feel like pulling teeth for an introverted person—downright draining and emotionally painful or distressing.

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An introverted person needs time alone to recharge their batteries, collect their thoughts and feel rested. Not just every now and then, but most of the time in fact. An introverted person moving into a new neighborhood may be thankful they already have one or two close friends and not feel they need to meet anyone new. Spending nights at home, even if they haven’t gone out in months, will still be more attractive to an introverted person than going out. And studying alone will be far more productive and relaxed than the stress of having to study in a group.

Sometimes we think we should be more like others. An introverted person might wonder “why don’t I have as much fun when I do those same things?”The nice thing is, we’re not all meant to be the same, and understanding that, can bring relief. After all, it would be a very boring world if everyone was a carbon copy of us, right?

 

Let others know how you feel

One thing all of us do have in common is we all like to feel understood. It feels good when someone “gets” us, when we don’t have to explain ourselves. But it’s not always easy, especially because we’re so different. Sometimes we need to give others a clear idea of what we’re going through and let them into our world so they can help us.

                                    Photo courtesy: UpWorthy.com

That’s why an article I read today struck me as refreshing: “If you don’t have it, chronic anxiety can be hard to understand.” This article is made up of a series of relatable cartoon drawings, taking a light-hearted look at what it feels like to be an introverted person experiencing chronic anxiety and giving lots of tips on how to let others into your world so they can understand what you go through a little better.

 

How can yoga help?

This got me thinking about how great yoga is for charging my batteries. Not only asanas, which help sooth my nerves and balance my emotions, but also meditation, which brings me peace and joy.

Spending time daily, nourishing my body, mind and spirit with time-tested ancient yoga practices, is my key to experiencing wellness and health. Although I love spending time with my family and close friends, I can easily identify with those who crave solitude. It is, after all, a quality of a yogi to spend time alone in prayer and meditation, being thoughtful and undistracted.

I also know that for anyone who struggles with chronic anxiety, whether they’re an introverted person or social, there’s no straightforward answer. We can just do our best and take advantage of the tools we have that will help us understand ourselves better.

Wishing You Well,
Wai Lana

 

Other Suggested Readings:

Stay Positive with These 9 Simple Steps
https://www.wailana.com/lifestyle/articles/tips-healthy-living/stay-posi...

3 Tips for Integrating Meditation into Your Busy Routine
https://www.wailana.com/blog/2016/11/09/3-tips-for-integrating-meditatio...

Meditation Made Easy
https://www.wailana.com/blog/2016/10/21/meditation-made-easy

Yoga for Vitality
https://www.wailana.com/yoga/insights/yoga-for-vitality

Lift Your Mood Naturally
https://www.wailana.com/lifestyle/articles/tips-healthy-living/lift-your...

Finding Time in Nature
https://www.wailana.com/lifestyle/articles/tips-healthy-living/finding-t...

Busting Myths about Mental Health
https://www.wailana.com/blog/2016/12/04/busting-myths-about-mental-health

Coping with Autoimmune Diseases
https://www.wailana.com/blog/2016/12/05/coping-with-autoimmune-diseases

 

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