Guest blog by Cassie Brewer.
We live in a fast-paced world. Our everyday lives are filled with to-do lists and we are a constant stream of activity. After a while, that constant activity can really start to weigh you down. Your mind and body start to feel overworked, worn out and even disconnected from the people you hold dearest to you. Fortunately, there is a way that you can revive your inner self and manage the daily stressors that you are faced with: Through yoga and meditation.
Individually, yoga and meditation provide a wealth of benefits; however, when they are practiced together, they are a powerful combination.
The combination of yoga and meditation strengthen the connection between the body and the mind, boost physical fitness and well-being, and can actually help to improve personal relationships. How can yoga and meditation do these things? – By encouraging mindful thinking, reducing stress levels, increasing flexibility and promoting more restful sleep.
Improved Connection Between Body and Mind
While practicing yoga and meditation, the mind and body work together as one. These two separate elements begin to realize just how vital each one is, and they also realize how dependent they are on one another. As such, the mind and body gain an appreciation for one another, which fosters a great connection between the two.
When the mind and body are better connected, it becomes easier to manage stress. When stress is more manageable, more restful sleep is possible, individuals experience greater connections with others, and a person’s overall well-being receives a powerful boost.
Heightened Physical Fitness
The very act of performing yoga poses encourages increased physical fitness. The positions practiced in yoga stretch and lengthen the muscles, which helps to build muscle mass, increases flexibility and can even serve as a way to manage weight.
Adding meditation into the practice of yoga allows the body to become more focused on the positions, allowing it to overcome doubts and fears, thus improving a person’s ability to hold poses for longer periods of time and allowing them to encourage themselves into trying more advanced positions that can yield even more physical benefits.
Boost in Emotional Well-Being
Yoga and meditation have the ability to improve mental focus and offer a powerful boost in a person’s overall emotional well-being.
The majority of yoga disciplines are centered on an a theme that encourages improved well-being. For instance, the philosophy surrounding Anusara yoga encourages a person to find the good in everything, thereby uplifting the spirit and lightening the heart.
The act of meditation provides deep relaxation, which automatically boosts an individual’s well-being and improves the mood.
By brining the two together, a person can reap immense benefits for emotional well-being.
Yoga and meditation encourage one to think mindfully, or to ‘think about thinking.’
In a world that is so bogged down with stresses, time restraints and schedules, it is not unusual for people to forget to stop, think and reflect on what truly matters. Through yoga and meditation, an individual will have the opportunity to reflect on their personal relationships, which can prove to be truly powerful for improving the connections that an individual shares with others. Yoga and meditation clear the mind of the stressors that weigh on it, thus allowing a person to gain a clearer picture of their lives, including their relationships.
When practiced together, yoga and meditation provide a wealth of benefits and can truly improve a person’s overall well-being and quality of life. They are truly a powerful, life-changing combination.
Cassie Brewer is a make up professional in Southern California. In her free time, she enjoys writing about her passion healthy living and everything beauty related. Nothing makes her happier than helping other be the best version of themselves they can be. You can read more at cassiembrewer.weebly.com and follow her on twitter @Cassiembrewer