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The Spiritual, Mental, and Self-Discipline Benefits of Yoga

Yoga changes the mind in 3 unique ways.

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Most people only understand the physical aspect of yoga, which entails stretching and stances to limber up the body and improve posture. But there is more to it than that. It also has a profound impact on a person’s life because of the way that it changes the mind in three unique ways. Read on to find out more about these amazing benefits.

Spiritual Awakening
Although yoga is not a religion, this ancient practice can have an affect on a person in a spiritual sense because of the seven spiritual laws that yoga students are taught to follow. These laws act as guides to help people find the path to inner peace through love and compassion for themselves and others. For example, one of the laws is about karma. It refers to the idea that the way that we treat other animals and humans comes back to us. So in other words, if we act with kindness, we will receive kindness in return.

Mental Focus and Clarity
Yoga emphasizes the importance of regular meditation because of the way that it helps a person to keep their thoughts positive. Any time that a negative thought comes through during meditation, it is gently pushed away by refocusing on breathing and relaxation of the body. This is very important to maintaining emotional health, since many cases of stress, anxiety, and depression are caused by the inability to see all of the good things in life. So by learning to guide one’s thoughts back to the present moment, these negative feelings will subside. Other means of relaxation can also range in gardening, exercise and hot baths are great in conjunction to yoga.

Self Discipline and Control
By learning to control one’s thoughts and physiological response to surrounding stress, a person can do more than they ever thought was possible. Yoga helps people to become more mentally and physically disciplined, so they can let go of fears or situations that have been holding them back from what they want to achieve. One way that this is done is by using a mantra during meditation. One keyword or phrase is focused on during each session. The person repeats it aloud or in their mind. This helps to permeate it into the subconscious to make success in that area happen more easily. Yoga also teaches that if someone begins to see the world around them as a constant source of energy that they are tied to, then they can tap into that energy to be able to manifest their desires. This contributes to a change in the common mentality of being stuck without hope because of self-sabotage.

Originally published at medium.com

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