Do you feel like there is more to life than the struggles and hardship you may be going through? This is a question I asked myself a few years back. My husband and I had so much to be thankful for, but we did not realize this at the time. See, we were chasing all the wrong things which steered us down the wrong path leaving us feeling unfulfilled. Our lives changed when we discovered the benefits of yoga and meditation.
We all have been told what to do and how to do it. Since we were young, we have had a seed planted in our minds to pursue money instead of happiness. We are told to go to college and get a good job. Now don’t get me wrong, money is a vital part of life, but without having a purpose in your life, money is meaningless.
Your life ends up being molded by everyone but yourself and you truly believe this is how life is supposed to be. You end up making more money and buying more things thinking this will make you happier. However, you still feel unfulfilled inside.
Let’s face it most people are living a lie and pretending to be happy, but deep down to the core of their being they are miserable. This is because they are going against their soul’s purpose in life.
If you truly want to be happy and find what excites you, then this starts with yoga and meditation for beginners. You need to spend some time finding out who you truly are. You need to be reborn to a new mind and a new you. Yoga is the foundation of it all. This ancient practice is far more than just holding poses and being flexible. It’s about the contemplation of your inner self.
How to Start Yoga and Meditation
There is so much more to yoga than what most people believe. This ancient practice is the foundation for your inner growth. Yoga is not just an exercise program but more of a way of living. Think of yoga as the trunk of a tree while the asanas (poses) and meditation as two branches. If you are wondering how to start yoga and meditation, it begins by building your temple on a strong foundation.
You must renew your mind to overcome limiting beliefs to achieve what seems unachievable.
There are eight branches that makeup yoga and this begins by establishing your creed. If you don’t have a code to live by, then you are just wandering around aimlessly with no direction. This is the first branch of yoga, which is called Yamas.
Do unto others as you would like them to do to you. Your actions reflect your results. If you desire to have more love in your life, then you must give more love. It’s called tithing to the universe. We all have an impact on changing this place we live, and it begins by changing yourself. Start being more honest, being kind to one another, be more helpful, non-coveting, nonjudgmental…
Yoga is more of a lifestyle, and this is something you will learn to practice all day long. Being mindful is another branch in yoga called Niyamas, and you must be fully present to practice this. Start becoming the witness to your negative thinking and stand guard at the gates of your subconscious mind, letting only good thoughts to pass. Because you become what you think about. Your beliefs are limiting you from obtaining a happier and more fulfilling life. Change your beliefs and you will change your life.
How to Start Doing Yoga
Life is getting faster and faster causing exercise to become a thing of the past. We all were meant to grow and prosper, but how do you expect to do this with an unhealthy body. This takes energy and if your body is unhealthy, your daily actions will reflect accordingly.
Yoga begins with the renewing of the mind. The mind is like a garden and there are a lot of weeds that must be pulled out. You must plant new seeds and water your mind full of positivity. The body is only as good as your beliefs. So, if you desire to have a healthy well fit body, it begins in your mind. Whatever you believe you will become. So, yoga is an all-around practice strengthening your mind, body, and even your spirit.
It is very beneficial to set an intention in the morning before you exercise with the asanas, and throughout the day on how you would like your life to look. Because in yoga, whatever you focus on is what will manifest into your life. Start filling your mind full of some positive affirmations and start being more optimistic. This is the yogic way of living, so embrace it.
The yoga asanas are poses that will strengthen your body, mind, and even your soul. When you flow through asanas, you will feel a little out of balance at first. But be easy on yourself. Laugh it off and keep getting back up. You will get stronger and more balanced as you progress.
Should I Meditate Before or After Exercise?
There are different ways to meditate with your yoga exercise. The best way is to start a short meditation followed with a visualization, and even some affirmations before your asanas. Then do a longer one at the end.
Some meditation tips for beginners is before your yoga exercise do some deep breathing (breath of fire), then visualize light flowing through your nervous system up to your spine towards your crown. Then reverse the light back down towards the ground. Speak some affirmations such as “every day in every way I am getting stronger, healthier, and happier.”
Now you should be well oxygenated and fired up on the inside ready for some asanas.
At the end of your asanas it is wise to meditate for 20 minutes to calm your nerves down and release any tension. The key to meditation is the breath. You need to learn how to breathe from your belly and not out of your chest. This is the proper way of breathing. Plus, you don’t use all the muscles in your chest, back, and neck causing unwanted aches and pains.
Then get into a comfortable sitting position in a chair or on a meditation cushion. This depends on you. Mediation is about strengthening your focus and your will power. So, if you are uncomfortable, then your focus will be distracted.
Having some support on your back might be wise at first just to eliminate any distractions. When you become more advanced, you can start trying the more traditional way of meditating. Then just breathe and focus on every breath you take. There are so many ways of meditating, but it all comes down to focus.
Being a Modern- Day Yogi Is a Way of Living
Yoga and meditation are a disciplined routine, but with many rewards. Each time you practice you release so much tension from your being while strengthening your focus. Being a modern-day yogi doesn’t mean you have to live in the mountains as a hermit. This is a way of living.
It’s about connecting with your true self. It’s about finding what your purpose is in life, and this is when you will find what you truly are passionate about.
Yoga isn’t just about exercising; it’s a lifestyle. Yoga will help you deal with everyday stresses by the rebirth of a new mind, giving you a sense of direction towards a more meaningful life. This ancient practice will put a fire in your soul and passion in your heart.
“We humans have lost the wisdom of genuinely resting and relaxing. We worry too much. We don’t allow our bodies to heal, and we don’t allow our minds and hearts to heal.” Thich Nhat Hanh