September is national yoga awareness month. I am dedicating my writings to the power of yoga! Yoga has been a huge influence in my life and has given back to me in so many ways! So this month, I am introducing the power of yoga and how it may have an influence over you.

National Yoga Month: Reasons To Incorporate Yoga As A Lifestyle

1. Creates Discipline: Discipline is a necessity in life. Discipline
is essential for achieving any kind of success in your life! It is
the secret to the most effective, efficient and well strategic plan
you can give yourself! Being successful, losing weight, maintaining relationships are not tasks that come easy for most people. They are all things we must work hard on creating, keeping and maintaining!

2. Improves Circulation: Poor circulation is the cause of over 1000
diseases! From a healthy heart to a good sex life, the proper flow
and circulation of blood in our arteries is one of the most important
things we can do to maintain good health and push back the aging
process. There is a common denominator between good arterial health and disorders such as heart attack, obesity, diabetes and high
glucose levels, as well as sexual health. That common denominator is blood circulation.



3. Increases Flexibility: Yoga is the way to a more pliable, flexible
body. It creates a supple and more resilient muscular structure
suited to react quicker to falls, accidents or in any kind of sports.
As we age, the flexibility improved by doing yoga has shown to be a
deterrent in injury related accidents.

4. Quiets the Mind: A disciplined mind is a free mind. Gain control
over your thoughts and you maintain control over your life. Retrain
your mind and you regain your freedom. Calming the mind is a
behavioral technique used to interrupt, minimize and
eliminate "psychological noise". Obsessive, repetitive thoughts,
anxiety and fears are all apart of negative, self-destructive
patterns that can benefit from the power of yoga and mind quieting.

5. Improves Breathing : Breath is life! Exchange of electrons. Flow
of energy. Air is the primary nutrient. Survival without it is
measured in minutes. It is so important that you do it without
thinking. Your breathing is the voice of your spirit. It's depth, smoothness, sound, and rate reflect your mood. If you become aware of your breath and breathe the way you do when you are calm you will become calm. Yoga helps us to practice regular, mindful breathing and can be calming and energizing. With the addition of music and it's rhythm, the "musical breath" can even help stress-related health problems ranging from panic attacks to digestive disorders. Fall into the rhythm of the music and breathe. Focus on your breathing as you move through your yoga poses.

6. Brings Awareness: Through your yoga practice, you can gain a
broader perspective in self awareness. Being able to open up your
mind, allowing a free flow of thoughts and ideas can be liberating.  Welcoming a new opinion or way of doing something can bring new
meaning to your life. If you give up your closed thoughts and make
way for a different opinion, you may be surprised at the outcome. Through your yoga practice, you learn to strive to meet difficult goals as you are pushed to stretch the horizons of what you think is impossible. You can then share the ways in which obstacles and challenges have made you stronger, and given you confidence to continue setting goals and dreams in your adventures, your business, and in your day to day life. This is conscious living.

7. Improves Nutrition: The source of fuel you find to nourish you on
a daily basis changes as you become a yogi. The demands for a
healthier diet make your journey more important. The Ayurvedic
science of food is based on incorporating the 6 flavors (pungent,
salty, sweet, bitter, sour and astringent) into each meal. The Three Humours or Tri-dosa are Ayurvedic body types that tailor a diet and digestive routines that are best for you.

8. Betters Your Sex Life: As mentioned earlier, a healthy heart and the proper flow and circulation of blood in our arteries is one of
the most important things we can do to maintain good health and a
satisfying sex life. Not only that, just think how much more limber
you will be. Not to mention, stamina.

9. Improves Your Quality of Life: You are now breathing better, are
more flexible, have found a new sense of purpose, drive and direction in your life. Welcome change!  Through this gateway, your idea of nourishment has changed. Not just what you put in your body, but whatyou allow or don't allow in your life any more. Yoga is like the
lotus flower. It teaches us to unfold one petal at a time in order to
reveal the raw beauty underneath.

10. Brings You Closer to Nature/Spirit: Finding spirit and a higher
sense of purpose comes to you as you evolve in your yoga practice. It
can show us what is truly important in life. Allowing all those
things that monopolize our time, to begin to have less value and
stress inducing effects on us. Especially as you grow as a yogi.
Andrew Pacholyk, MS, L.Ac

Therapies for healng mind, body, spirit

Some yoga styles for reflection as you determine which Yoga is for YOU!  

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