Yoga is a holistic approach to healthy living. Vichar or thinking is vital. A few basic things can be done to train the mind with positive and happy thoughts, like Yoga Asanas, Pranayama, reducing stress through proper relaxation, reflection & meditation, and Sattvik Diet.
1. Yoga Asanas:
Healthy mind is a healthy body; yoga asanas or poses helps to trigger the release for feel-good hormones or happy hormones. Stretching during the poses stimulates and strengthens the body making it flexible. Positive thinking and flexibility in thinking can start through regular asana practices. Ideally, simple/easy asanas in the beginning are recommended to be learnt from a certified yoga teacher or trainer.
2. Yoga Pranayama:
Thoughts and mind are directly linked. Yoga Pranayamas help in positive thinking when done properly. Smooth rhythmic breathing with mindfulness induces better oxygenation and thereby clears the mind from negative thoughts. Also, reduces toxin which built up and aids the central nervous system. Regular practice improves breathing and clears the mind of negative thinking. Yogendra pranayamas I, II, III, IV, and Anulom-Vilom pranayamas are highly recommended.
3. Reducing stress through proper Relaxation:
Stress and anxiety can trigger a chain of negative thoughts. Mind chatter drains you of positivity. Pratipaksha Bhavana, Nishpandabhava are pioneering techniques which are highly recommended during this time. These help to conserve energy and get rid of negative thinking. Cultivating hobby and spending quality time with family by sharing jokes, playing games etc. help to relax adequately.
4. Reflection and Meditation:
Reflection is the best way to know your strengths and eliminate repetitive mistakes. Self- awareness leads to confidence and helps eliminate doubts and negative thinking. Mantra meditation, chanting, guided meditation all help to clear the thinking and get rid of negative thoughts and infuse happy thinking and living.
5. Sattvik Diet:
A balanced Sattvik diet consisting of fresh greens, seasonal fruits, whole grains, and nuts helps to keep up the energy levels and remain active. This keeps the mind fresh filled with positive thinking. Sattvik diet impacts the way one thinks.
Here are some tips for holistic health and happiness:
· Eat in moderation
· Eat slowly chew your food properly
· Adhere to your meal timings
· Mindful eating with concentration
Yoga, a scientific tool which helps in imbibing positive thoughts, allowing you to live life to the fullest.