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The Real Purpose of Yoga

Some people practice yoga to attain a perfect body—in terms of lasting beauty and health. However, such a goal is impossible to achieve. A real yogi recognizes this fact. A real yogi knows that the purpose of yoga asanas and breathing techniques is to attain optimum health—or one’s best possible physical condition, given their genetics, history, lifestyle, environment, and age.

When a person’s happiness is dependent upon the body being perfectly beautiful or healthy, they are always in anxiety about the future because they know the body will eventually get old and break down. If a person is always afraid of what he knows is going to happen, then they can never really be happy inside themselves.

Real happiness comes when a person achieves the actual goal of yoga, which is optimum physical, mental and spiritual well-being.

By practicing yoga as a whole, including living a yoga lifestyle and especially by practicing Yoga Sound Meditation, you can become truly happy and fulfilled in the core of your being. This inner happiness shines through your eyes, your expressions, and your attitude toward others. It is what makes you truly beautiful, regardless of your age, your clothes, or your looks.

To experience the serenity and happiness that Yoga Sound Meditation can bring, practice with me here: www.wailana.com/lifestyle/meditation/yoga-sound-meditation or with my Easy Meditation for Everyone kit.

Yoga for the Immune System

Practicing yoga asanas, even doing gentle poses for just 15 minutes a day, releases tension from our bodies, reduces our stress, and strengthens our immune system, all of which help keep away winter ills like coughs and colds. Doing Salute to the Sun regularly is also quite beneficial for building up resistance to coughs and colds. Yoga asanas in general help us breathe more fully, which strengthens our lungs and helps make them more resilient to viruses that are often floating around. Regular practice is key for prevention, because once you catch a cold, it’s best to rest.

Yoga Poses For Good Digestion

When we’re young, we rarely think about our digestion. But often, after years of living with stress, eating on the run, overeating, eating the wrong kinds of food, all combined with the natural effects of getting older, our digestion may gradually weaken. We may experience heartburn, gas, or belching, or just feel uncomfortably full after a meal.

Yoga Postures Help Keep Bones Strong

I’m sure we all know of an elderly man or woman who has fallen and broken a hip. This is a painful and often traumatic experience requiring surgery, rest, and recovery time. It can take several months of using a cane or walker to regain mobility. This can be quite demoralizing to someone in their later years, who may already be struggling to retain their independence. Generally hip and other bone fractures in the elderly are due to osteoporosis, or the loss of bone mass.

Asana Practice for a Healthy Back

Since ancient times, yogis teaching and practicing asanas have placed a great deal of emphasis on the back, especially the spine.

They appreciated the value of keeping the spinal column straight, strong, flexible, and relaxed. Not only does a healthy spine have a favorable impact on your overall comfort and mobility (both present and future), but it also benefits your internal organs, glands, and tissue. A healthy back and spine also helps increase your energy level and improves the circulation of prana (subtle energy) throughout the body. 

Restorative Yoga Asanas

A common misconception these days is that in order to benefit from yoga asanas, we have to strive hard, work up a sweat, do extreme poses, and really push our limits. While there’s nothing wrong with challenging ourselves, practicing yoga asanas in a gentle, passive way has many benefits. It allows us to slow down and really check in with what’s going on in our body, to respect our limitations and work with them to gradually increase our well-being.

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