Like a lot of people, I turned to Yoga when I was having a difficult time and needed balance. How do you know if you’re out of balance? When life is running you, leaving you feeling run down. Prior to my first lessons in yoga, there was much I didn’t know about finding peace within me.
Learn your Chakras
Chakras are to Yoga what a pulse is to our physical being. Chakras are the spiritual pulse. By name, the chakras are the Root Chakra, the Sacral Chakra, the Solar Plexus Chakra, the Heart Chakra, Throat Chakra, Third Eye Chakra, and the Crown Chakra.
Yoga sessions typically start with sun salutations and end with a prayer posture honoring the crown, the third eye, the throat, and the heart. Yoga postures, practiced with commitment, exercise each of the Chakras. You know when you have achieved that balance because your heart opens to the magic of your body. This was my experience. You set up that important mind-body connection for peace within you. You emanate peace to all whom you interact with. This happens with time.
Thoreau was a Yoga Master?
Yes, my literary friend, it’s true.
Yoga comes to us by way of India thousands of years ago, a natural part of Hinduism. Indeed, transcendentalist Henry David Thoreau was a Yoga master in his lifetime. In fact, if you’re familiar with Thoreau’s work, including “Walden Pond,“ you know he sought a simple life that included abundant nature, as well as time in solitude with nature. Thoreau, in his late twenties, turned to solitude and meditation, devoting himself to the practice of yoga at Walden Pond.
Today, approximately 20 million Americans practice Yoga. We practice Yoga seeking similar inner peace, space within ourselves, and beauty for our minds. Studies of Yoga show significant health benefits to those who practice with consistency. A study published in the International Journal of Yoga confirms that Yoga enhances muscle strength and body flexibility. Practicing Yoga also promotes and improves respiratory and cardiovascular function. Yoga is known to help in recovery and treatment of addiction, stress, anxiety, depression, and chronic pain. Yoga is also known to improve sleep and enhance overall well-being.Yoga is a practice in which there is always room to grow physically and mentally. Being mindful of the Chakras will bring strength and good health to the yoga practitioner. Establish your practice, encourage the practice of peace and light to all.
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