With every book I read, teacher training weekends, workshops and time on the mat, I’m learning how yoga truly goes beyond a physical practice. Yoga is a foundation for healthy living.
By closely observing the lifestyles and needs of people in the west, Swami Vishnudevananda synthesized the ancient wisdom of yoga into five basic principles that can easily be incorporated into a lifestyle and provide a solid foundation for healthy living. It is around these five principles that the teachings are based.
Buddha was asked, “What have you gained from meditation?” He replied, “Nothing! However, let me tell you what I have lost: anger, anxiety, depression, insecurity, and fear of old age and death.”
Swami Vishnudevananda summarized the yoga philosophy in 5 principles or the Five Points of Yoga which make the complex teachings of yoga easier to understand:
Proper Exercise – Asana
Proper Breathing – Pranayama
Control and regulation of prana, subtle energy.
Breathing is the practice of pranayama. Control of prana, or energy, is obtained through the practice of breath control. Exercises like Anuloma Viloma (alternate nostril breathing) and Kapalabhati (breath of fire) stimulate the nervous system, detoxifies the cardiorespiratory system (through the elimination of gaseous waste), and conditions us to maintain a calm and steady breath during times of physical or emotional stress.
Proper Relaxation – Savasana
Yoga teaches three levels of relaxation – physical, mental and spiritual.
When the mind and body are constantly overworked, their natural function, performance and homeostasis (internal states of equilibrium) significantly decrease. An enormous amount of healing takes place when we relax and restore. Deep relaxation restores our Prana (life-force) and allows us to experience a deep sense of inner peace. Physical and mental relaxation; resets the nervous system and metabolism, flushes cellular waste, reduces stress hormones, balances blood pressure and reduces pain perception.
Proper Diet – Lacto-Vegetarian
We are what we eat.
The most fundamental ingredient behind this principle is simply choosing foods that are Sattvic, plant based, pure, simple, and natural that are easily digested and nourish the body. Fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, beans, lentils, herbs, herbal teas and fresh water. Listen to you body and eat intuitively to sustain the body and mind.
Positive Thinking and Meditation – Dharana and Dhyana
The key to achieving peace of mind.
Health is wealth, peace of mind is happiness, yoga shows the way.
– Swami Vishnudevananda
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