In this fast-paced world, the need for people to take some time off and concentrate on oneself is growing ever more important. People often forget that while technology has certainly improved our way of life, it has taken away our need to slow down and appreciate the smaller things in life. The best way one can think to strengthen the connection between our mind, body and soul is through a combination of yoga and meditation.
Yoga is an ancient practice from India which is aimed at strengthening or relaxing the body. This is achieved through various methods of breathing exercises, asanas (postures) and meditation. There are various types, both traditional and modern catering to the various goals people would like to achieve from practicing yoga. Some of the major and most practiced types being Vinyasa, Hatha, Iyengar, Yin, Power, Fusion or Restorative yoga.
Meditation is a simple activity that helps oneself increase calmness, clarity and happiness among other mental benefits. It involves us paying close attention to our mind’s well-being by paying close attention to our thoughts, emotions and feelings. There is no method one needs to follow to gain the benefits from meditation though there are certainly guides to aid one’s journey. Meditation may also be practiced by itself or combined with yoga to truly improve one’s mental and physical wellbeing.
In conclusion, the need to look after ourselves has never been greater. With people’s stress levels rising due to various reasons or not having the time to get physical exercise, practicing yoga and meditation can simply have no drawbacks. Both can be practiced from home with no additional equipment, prior knowledge or time constraints!