Positive Thinking Through These 5 Yoga Principles

 

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When we are bombarded with house and work tasks, family troubles, and relationships gone wrong, we seek other ways to be happy and to stay positive. We want to feel good about ourselves despite the difficulties we are going through because we know we need to. Being positive is one way of overcoming life challenges successfully. But how do we do that? Perhaps you should try Yoga.

Yoga increases body awareness, relieves stress, reduces muscle tension, strain, and inflammation, sharpens attention and concentration, and calms and centers the nervous system. — Deborah Khoshaba Psy.D.

Benefits of Yoga

 

Yoga is a practice that produces wonderful physical, mental and emotional benefits, some of which include relaxation, weight loss, healthy living, and enhanced self-esteem. It also improves balance and body alignment, and ultimately reduces the aging process.

 

The 5 Principles of Yoga

 

There is no particular technique that focuses solely on positive thinking. The five principles combined – pranayama, asanas, meditation, relaxation, and proper diet – are what evokes positivity, healing, and physical and mental wellness. It is the belief of yoga that when both body and mind work synergistically, the result is only bound to be positive.

Train your brain to think positively through these strategies:

Yoga Asanas

This is the first principle of yoga. Asanas are types of exercise poses that like any exercise, enhances blood circulation and initiates the release of positive hormones. However, yoga is more concentrated on stretches, which further strengthen and awaken the body, promoting a remarkable level of flexibility. It breaks the barriers of the body’s chakras and tremendously helps get rid of negative thought patterns.

Four iconic yoga positions are child pose, mountain pose, tree pose, and shavasana. These four poses can be seen as symbolic of the life cycle. — Lynn Somerstein, PhD, E-RYT

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Pranayama

Simply put, this is the type of breathing used in the practice of yoga and apparently the appropriate kind of breathing that we should follow. Pranayama teaches an individual the right way of breathing and also helps you become aware of your own breathing pattern as well. When you learn this, you will feel much better inside out, as yogic breathing promotes detoxification and rejuvenation.

Relaxation

This third principle is consequently achieved when you have successfully mastered your asanas and yogic breathing. The two principles are powerful stimulants of positive thinking and relaxation. After you have done the poses, your muscles are drained from all the contractions and balancing postures that there is no other way for them but to rest and let go, expelling the negativity and creating sufficient space for a relaxed body and mind.

Meditation

Leaving your worries and hurts and focusing on the moment where there is peace and calm within yourself is a goal that is effectively achieved by meditation. This is a powerful yoga principle that guides you into training your brain to think positive thoughts. Part of the yoga practice is closing your eyes, positioning your hands into prayer and committing to a goal for that particular session. This initial stage clears your mind as you begin your practice, and you forget everything else but the poses and the breathing.

Wherever you are, notice 5 things you can see, then 5 things you can hear, and then 5 things you can physically feel. Continue with four things in each category, then 3 things in each category, then 2 and, finally, 1. — Nicole S. Urdang, M.S., NCC, DHM

The Proper Diet

Are you eating right? And what exactly does yoga mean when it says the right or proper diet? Yoga enthusiasts explain that the food you consume greatly affects the way your body and mind works. Eating natural and organic food such as fruits and vegetables helps promote physical and mental wellness. Of course, when the body and mind are working well, you think positively and productively.

 

Bottom Line

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When you have practiced yoga for a few months, you won’t need convincing that yoga is indeed very helpful in expelling negativity from your mind and body. It guides you into accepting and loving yourself and provides you with the confidence to live a simple, non-judgmental and happy life.

 

How Practitioners Of Psychiatry Stay Happy

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When you are dealing with a mental disorder, e.g., mania, clinical depression, bulimia, et cetera, the people you should go to are the doctors who specialize in psychiatry. Since millions of people, young and old, suffer from various conditions that alter their brain function, there is a high possibility that these professionals attend to over a dozen patients on a daily basis. Not only can they diagnose a mental disease, but they also administer or recommend the treatment(s) you need.

There is nothing wrong with gaining the sense of well-being that comes with having a professional provide reflection and insight on one’s life. — Jonathan Bartlett, MA, MFT

Nevertheless, if you already met a few psychiatric practitioners in your time, have you noticed what they have in common?

From our perspective, it is their capability to feel happy no matter what cases the day brings. That is exceptionally challenging, primarily because a psychiatrist’s job is to analyze the patients’ problems. You cannot merely stick with the facts on the surface. You have to dig deeper into their subconscious mind to know how to help them.

If you believe that knowing how the practitioners of psychiatry stay happy can improve your life, then check out the following ideas below.

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  1. They Try To Organize Their Feelings And Thoughts

Psychiatrists are tremendously good at compartmentalization. Although they surely have personal problems to deal with, these professionals can push them at the back of their mind while working with a patient. If they feel the need to share an individual story, they can do so without breaking down and putting the client in an uncomfortable spot. It is only when their duty to the patients is over that they deal with personal stuff again. Hence, the problems do not overlap, and they can eliminate them one by one.

By learning to stay present with the way things are, to observe our resistances rather than struggling against them, we are freer to take the necessary steps to succeed in life in the ways we desire. — Donna Rockwell, Psy.D.

  1. They Empathize But Not Absorb Patients’ Issues

There is no uncertainty regarding a psychiatric doctor’s oath to help folks handle mental health conditions to the best of their ability. They are within patients’ reach 24/7; they do not turn away anyone who seeks enlightenment about their disease. Despite that, it is wise of them to avoid absorbing the issues laid out on the table. That often results in the development of depression, anxiety, or stress, after all, which can deplete their happiness and reduce their productivity.

  1. They Have A Life Outside The Facility

Furthermore, psychiatrists often have other things to do besides diagnosing mental disorders. Some are hands-on parents who drive their kids to school every day and never miss any school performance. Others go on a date, travel to exotic destinations, and pick up various hobbies that do not involve analyzing people’s psychiatric symptoms. Since their days and nights do not merely revolve around their profession, they get to de-stress and recharge before meeting new patients.

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For some people happiness comes easier than others, but what we’re starting to understand is that happiness, that sense of connection and ease of appreciating the good moments and being more graceful and resilient during the difficult ones, is a skill and strength that we can all build. — Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D.

What Do You Think?

You have just gotten an insider on how practitioners of psychiatry stay happy most of the time. They invest much effort in helping a patient manage his or her mental illness – make no mistake about that. However, they also live their lives, love the people around them, and compartmentalize their thoughts and emotions to avoid being on the receiving end of psychiatric help.

You should not feel ashamed of taking a leaf out of their book if you aim for mental stability. Good luck!

DIY Organic And Aromatherapy Gift Ideas

Last Christmas, I had this exciting idea. Instead of giving out money and things bought from stores or online, I created organic and aromatherapy gifts for my family and friends. It was a challenge to build things from scratch, but the sentiment of doing it and knowing that someone will be happy is the best feeling for me ever. At least, I am productive, and by that, I have a positive mental attitude.

 

Anyway, I was right! People I gave gifts to were thankful for my sentimental and straight-from-the-heart DIY presents. It was much appreciated, and well, they called me “thoughtful.”

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