The Mind, Body, And Spirit Connection
• Yoke or Union: connects the mind, body, and spirit as one
• Three main components: Breathing, Postures, and Meditation
• Goal: calm our minds, relax our bodies and renew our spirits: the foundation for healing
Yoga is an ancient discipline that brings the mind and body together. It is derived from the Sanskrit word “yuji,” which means yoke or unification. Yoga includes breathing techniques, meditation, and positions that promote relaxation and stress reduction.
Meditation is a part of yoga that focuses on mental relaxation and concentration. The focus of concentration is on the breath and thoughts. Being conscious of one’s breathing automatically regulates one’s mental process, allowing the mind to entirely relax.
Yoga and meditation have grown in popularity in the Western world, with practitioners recognizing the psychological and physical benefits they provide. According to current studies, meditating and performing yoga can improve overall well-being and stress resilience.
Controlled research on the physiological and cognitive features of various meditation approaches has been conducted due to the apparent direct and indirect effects of Yoga practices. Other forms of psychotherapy, as well as meditation therapy, have been compared in studies around the world.
Discipline For Mind, Body, and Spirit
• Breathing: Inhale Love, Exhale Gratitude: Jesus
• Slow deep breaths: breath control or Pranayama
• Postures or Asana
• Meditation or Dhyana
• Physical effort of postures + control of the breath+ calm your mind = Peace in the present moment
• Build strength, posture, flexibility, vitality, concentration and will power.
Yoga is an excellent self-care strategy because it improves and promotes compassion, kindness, and love, which allows us to take care of our own needs. It can give you the awareness, reflection, and insight you need to figure out what your true needs are. Continuous practice can also provide insight into how to satisfy these requirements in a creative and successful manner.
Self-care is at the heart of yoga. Keeping a careful attention on the moment-to-moment sensation in the body against a backdrop of compassion softens the hard surface of our daily shell and allows us to touch something tender on the inside. Yoga may be the self-care and nurturing practice that teaches us how to befriend our body-heart-mind with so many demands on our lives and a constant push towards perfection.