If you are into yoga, peace won’t be hard to come by. Learn about yoga and its many peace-ushering qualities.
Peace is not something that has to be attained through a dramatic change of life you are leading or some wild strokes of luck. Yoga tells you about peace that is ubiquitously there, available for your experience and preservation within yourself.
No matter how much sway our practical circumstances may have over our mental states, it is still ultimately upon the individual, whether she chooses peace or anxiety. Yoga teaches us how to choose peace even in the toughest of circumstances.
There are many ways to be willfully peaceful, both in response to stressful situations as well as a proactive way of shaping our lives—
- Mood-Boosting Neurotransmitters Flow
Vital neurotransmitters like serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine in pathophysiology play major roles in temper regulation. The occasional mood swings, the bout of depression and anxiety, many a time happen to be more an effect of hormonal and neurotransmitters going on a downward spiral than actually dependent on one’s external situations.
It is a widely-proven scientific fact today that yoga sends mood-boosting neurotransmitters like ‘serotonin’ soaring, while the stress hormone ‘cortisol’ is lowered. Resultantly, you will feel a great sense of peace and harmony within your body and mind.
2) Enabling Excellent Circulation
Nothing eliminates toxin and relieves the body-mind of exhaustion like a good and thorough circulation. Yoga being a kind of exercise that features a lot of inversions, forward and back-arching folds and joint-rotational movements, the cause of biochemical fluids churn inside the body is really helped. From disease-defensive white blood cells carrying lymphatic fluids to freshly oxygenated blood to a congestion of materials in the digestive tract—everything gets a good shake and churn with yoga.
Clean bowels, healthy cardiovascular function, and toxins flush out is a natural result of yoga every day, making you feel fresh and happy.
3) Finding that Much-Sought Lone Time Along the Day
Lone times are underrated. Taking some moments out of your day’s schedule to arrange your disarrayed thoughts and having a conversation with yourself can bring out most of the solutions of your crises.
A practice established in yoga and meditation gives one the mental space to observe this time alone for inner harmonization.
4) Owning Your Peace By Owning Your Breath
Pranayama is an intensive and mindful breathing practice included in the corpus of yogic ways. Using deep breathing by way of Nadi Shodhana, Sheetali, Sheetkari, Bhramari and other techniques, pranayama refills one with vital life or prana, ushering in peace.
5) Mediation to Anchor a Distracted Mind
“Yoga Chitta Vritti Nirodha—self-disciplining from one’s mind-stuff to continuously alter is yoga.” Thus spoke Patanjali, the grand master of the yogic discipline. The mind’s incessant chatter stays the individual away from the present. Meditation includes a set of techniques to bring the fleeting mind back to the center.
6) Opening the Heart Chakra
The 4th chakra- a vortex of swirling energy located at the chest center is where the physical and spiritual elements of a being come together. Physiologically, the heart chakra responds with one’s heart, lungs, thymus glands, and cardiac plexus. The chest opening asanas working on these areas make the heart chakra flourish, resolving emotional blockages and thus steering into peace.
7) Selfless Service with Karma Yoga
Yoga teacher training in India propagates this unique idea of selfless service with karma yoga which is a source of immense happiness and gratitude. Essentially meaning ‘action’ sans the expectation of the fruits of action, karma yoga exercises bring peace in the form of unconditional love and service to others.
8) Learning to Be Disciplined
Discipline often comes with a negative connotation. But a discipline of yoga shows how only dedication and iron can bring great improvements. Yoga as an everyday discipline that makes one less prone to impulsiveness, a big contributing factor in the disruption of inner peace.
9) An Activity/Experience to Partake with People Who Matter
Yoga can be a delightful, shared activity for growing peaceful relationships because it sets communication on an intuitive level. If you feel loving relationships with people who matter is a big determinant of peace in your life, you must share the joys of yoga with them.
Denial of our true selves is often the cause of great sorrow and inner unrest. Your time on the mat should be about accepting yourself for who you are and what you stand for with no resentment and in good faith.
Author Bio:- Manmohan Singh is a passionate Yogi, Yoga Teacher and a Traveler in India. He provides yoga teacher training in Rishikesh, India. He loves writing and reading the books related to yoga, health, nature and the Himalayas. His strong connection with Yoga and the Himalayas has made him organize yoga, meditation and Ayurveda tours, and retreats in the Himalayas.