1.PROPER EXERCISE (ASANA)
Yoga poses help develop a strong, healthy body by enhancing flexibility and improving circulation.Asanas are beneficial for the muscles, joints, cardiovascular system, nervous system and lymphatic system, as well as the mind, psyche and Chakras (energy centres). They are psychosomatic exercises, which strengthen and balance the entire nervous system and harmonise and stabilise the practitioner’s state of mind. The effects of these exercises are a sense of contentment, clarity of mind, relaxation and a feeling of inner freedom and peace.
2.PROPER BREATHING (PRANAYAMA)
Deep, conscious breathing reduces stress and many breath plays an important role in the Asanas. With coordination of breath and movement, the Yoga practice becomes harmonious, the breath deepens of its own accord and the body’s circulation and metabolism are stimulated. Use of the breath greatly enhances muscle relaxation by concentrating on tense areas of the body and consciously relaxing those parts with each exhalation. As most people are in the habit of breathing quite shallow, inadequately filling the lungs, correct breathing is fundamental for the body’s optimum metabolic function. With regular practice, the Full Yoga Breath becomes the habitual and natural way of breathing. Slower and deeper breaths improve circulation, nerve function and one’s whole physical condition. It also develops a calm, clear mind.
3. PROPER RELAXATION (SAVASANA)
Prevents the body from going into overload mode, easing worries and anxiety.Proper relaxation is an excellent cooling system, comparable to that of an automobile. It’s the most natural way of re-energising the body. Relaxation is so important because the body and mind cannot perform well under constant stress.To control and balance body and mind, one has to use the body’s energy efficiently. This is the main motivation for learning how to relax.
4. PROPER DIET (Vegetarian)
Eating simple, healthy and vegetarian foods that are easy to digest notably have a positive effect on the mind and body, as well as the environment and other sentient beings.
5. POSITIVE THINKING (VEDANTA) AND MEDITATION (DHYANA)
These are the true keys to achieving peace of mind and eliminating negativity in our lives.