A Writer's 21st Century Memoir.

For the Mind, Body and Spirit

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“Undisturbed calmness of mind is attained by cultivating friendliness toward the happy, compassion for the unhappy, delight in the virtuous, and indifference toward the wicked.” ― Patanjali, The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali

Finding an outlet that can ease away the tough struggles and stress of the day, is key to a long happy and healthy life. And finding that outlet in a practice that can reshape the mind, body and spirit is even better. Yoga, one of the six astika schools of Hindu philosophy, incorporates these three aspects of the self and is also found in Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism, and in less spiritual and more popular practices of the mainstream.

Yoga, and other aspects of the Indian culture, met the West as the Beatles brought their interest of mysticism and the Hare Krishna movement to their Western audience. The Yoga Sutras that focused on discipline of the mind, and Hatha yoga concentrated on health and purity of the body, became a complementary intervention for cancer, schizophrenia, asthma and heart patients in the West as the 80’s rolled along.

“Yoga is not a religion. It is a science, science of well-being, science of youthfulness, science of integrating body, mind and soul.” ― Amit Ray, Yoga and Vipassana: An Integrated Lifestyle

Yoga classes in the West focus on learning physical poses, called asanas, and include breathing and meditation techniques as well. Certain classes focus on strengthening your body, relaxation, or just flexibility which is great for people trying to focus on one or more aspects of their mind, body and spirit.

Upon strength training, increasing flexibility, and relieving stress, yoga has also been known to promote improve posture, fortify your concentration and better your mood. Yoga can be practiced any place and anywhere just by taking deep breaths in stressful situations. Yoga is for people of all ages and all skill sets who seek to better their mind, body and spirit.

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4 responses

  1. joanraymondwriting

    I really love all your information about yoga. Although I’ve never tried it, I know just using breathing techniques helps when I’m feeling stressed.
    Thanks for such an informative post.

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    April 29, 2013 at 8:56 AM

  2. Anna

    Very well and clearly stated. I’ve always wanted to try Yoga…you have renewed my interest…may have to check out the options. 🙂

    Like

    April 30, 2013 at 9:38 AM

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