The Mind – Body – Spirit Connection to Good Health Through Yoga

Since it’s inception 5000 years ago, Yoga has offered ways to integrate your physical, spiritual and mental being into one healthy unit. For any concept to last that many years it has to have value and merit. Many people over 50 seem to be more prone to this discovery than those much younger, so it’s not surprising that seniors are moving to Yoga in droves.It is generally accepted that what the “mind conceives, the mind achieves” well, this is true of health too. If you see yourself as healthy and happy you probably are.Yoga has utilized this approach for centuries revealing to literally millions of people the joys of how a healthy mind and body will translate into all other facets of your life.There have been many studies about the phenomenon of the “Monday morning heart attack”, which, after much research illustrated that many people who hate their work and the associated stress create the circumstances, which lead to the attack. One way stress is relieved is through exercise and meditation. Thankfully, this is a proven fact that has enhanced many lives time and time again.Yoga combines exercise and meditation with nutrition and improved mental outlook, which, then dispenses with damaging stress. Western medicine would rather treat the disease than look to the root cause, prescribe drugs, which then add side effects that are sometimes worse than the cure.A simple change in philosophy can make dramatic alterations in your life. By adding just 30-minutes of Yoga to your daily routine can improve your health ten-fold. Many who start Yoga after 50 discover that they sleep better, eat less, are happier, more productive and stronger than they have been in a long time.Of course, Yoga is great at any age, but when trying to improve on longevity and current health it is perfect, and is a wonderful way to add an exercise program that can be done in your home or at the local park at little or no cost. Yes, it is advised that you might want to start with classes at your local gym or yoga center to properly learn the poses and techniques, but Yoga videos and books can provide much of the foundation as well.The spiritual aspects of Yoga are more individual and viewed from a more personal point of view. It makes no difference as to your religious preferences since it simply enhances your spiritual experience through a meditative state. May refer to prayer as a spiritual experience and meditation has the same qualities.Yoga involves deep breathing, slow movements and getting in touch with your body through exercise. These attributes also lend themselves well to meditation and a spiritual connection.The end result is a special combination, which enables you to relax, stretch, and meditate all at the same time. With our everyday lives filled with hurried activities, Yoga can play a major role in eliminating stress, improving health and providing quiet time. I feel this is really important no matter what your age. We read all the time that our children are pushed heavily by parents to be involved in after-school activities to keep them out of trouble, but that is also a way of taking away play time which relieves stress.The parents are stressed through work, family, avocations, etc and they too need a quiet way to return to a calm mind that thinks clearly, a healthy body that wards off illness and a spirit which is in touch with it’s higher self.Yoga won’t solve all of your problems, but it will get you closer to solving some of them. It only takes 30-minutes a day to improve your outlook, give it a try; I’m sure you will find it rewarding.In the end, it’s just one man’s opinion, mine.

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