"Health is Wealth.  Peace of Mind is Happiness.  Yoga shows the Way." - Swami Vishnu-devananda 

 Through yoga:

  1. Relax and Rejuvenate your mind.
  2. Increase your physical Strength and Flexibility.
  3. Improve your Concentration
  4. Help your body use Oxygen and Nutrients more efficiently
  5. Prevent Illness and Retard Old Age 
  6. Cultivate Gratitude

 The body is a vehicle for the soul and has specific needs for it to function optimally and smoothly.  We can use an automobile as a metaphor.  An automobile needs five things to function: a lubricating system, a battery, a cooling system, fuel, and a responsible drive behind the wheel.

1) Proper Exercise – ASANA (lubricating the moving parts of the car).

To keep the body strong and flexible, bringing blood flow and circulation to all the joints, muscles, connective tissue and organs.    

Keeps the spine flexible (flexibility of spine reflects age).

Keeps the internal organs functioning well.

2) Proper Breathing - PRANAYAMA  (charging the battery) - our main source of energy).

To maintain physical and mental energy. 

Breath is life itself - Longer breath means a longer lifespan.

By changing the breathing, you can change the frame of mind.

(For example: Depression = shorter breaths, Anxiety = holding the breath)

3) Proper Relaxation - SHAVASANA  (cooling system/to let the engine rest) - rest & repair. 

Without letting go of stress and tension in the body and mind, we break down physically or mentally.  This is just like letting a car engine rest, otherwise it will break down. When we take time for conscious relaxation, our organ systems can repair.

4) Proper Diet (fuel) - With good fuel and oil, your car runs well. 

A nourishing and balanced diet supports a healthy body and a clear mind. 

Supports the yogic lifestyle - remember, we eat to live, not live to eat.

Just as with a car, if we don’t put in good fuel, then we don’t run as well.

5) Positive Thinking & Meditation (driver behind the wheel)

In yoga, quality of life springs from quality of mind.  

When the mind is steady and positive, we can have a more positive impact on the world around us.

If the mind is unclear or negative, it is more likely that you will crash your vehicle. 

Often, it is the pain from crashing over and over again that brings us to yoga.

We can become better drivers by cultivating concentration and a steady mind, then we can pay better attention to the road!

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