The real essence of yoga and the yogi habits for a healthier life

Every day we find more yoga in social networks and, therefore, every day more people wonder what it is, how it is practiced and if it is suitable for their needs. For many yogis, yoga begins as an activity that begins with a specific goal and involves going to classes with some regularity, and ends up becoming a lifestyle. And, precisely, this article is about how to include yoga in our daily lives, and how to take our practice beyond the mat.   

Yoga is much more than postures 

Despite the immense dissemination of yoga, the information we have about this discipline is usually incomplete because not all the aspects that compose it are as visually striking as asanas or postures. Meditations or pranayamas, controlled breaths, are also part of yoga, and perhaps even more important than physical work itself. But let's go to what we can do, here and now, to lead a more yogi life without stepping on a mat. He thinks that yoga seeks, in theory, body and mind training, and its purification, for the encounter with God, and in that way many routines and customs are adopted in favor of that training. If we then break down the characteristics of yogic life, we can extract a series of tips that are easy to adopt and have the power to substantially improve our quality of life.   

How to be a little more yogi?

  • Healthy daily habits v  Healthier eating. We think there is no discipline that does not advise healthy eating, but in yoga it is essential. Yoga and ayurveda understand that food is our preventive medicine and as such we must take care of it, they also consider that mental health and emotional stability prevents us from many diseases. 

A simple way to eat healthier without realizing it is to avoid processed, bag or sausage foods, for example, and eat more vegetables and fruits. Choosing organics products is a great plus to nourish our body in a natural healthy balanced way. In the same way, you can try to drink more water based on infusions or soups, avoiding any sugary or soft drinks. As you can see, it is not about dieting or banning food, it is about trying to avoid harmful foods and trying to increase the intake of those who are healthy.  

  • Moderation of alcohol and tobacco consumption. The idea is really to eliminate tobacco completely and moderate the consumption of alcoholic beverages, but following the principle of nonviolence that we said before, any type of transition must be made with love and delicacy. 

If you don't smoke, it's great, keep it up. And if you smoke, you can try to smoke less by avoiding, perhaps, the cigarettes that you know you don't "need." Of course, if you have decided to quit smoking, I encourage you to propose it firmly, today there are books, chewing gum, hypnosis sessions and many more resources that can help you in that purpose. 

As for alcohol, it certainly should also be eliminated, many nutritionists are already talking about the fact that these benefits of moderate alcohol consumption, such as wine or beer, are not such in comparison to the problems it brings. However, we return to the same, in moderation and balance between the perfect and what makes you feel good you can find benefits for body and mind.

  • Adequate rest. And let's get out of here the eight hours of rigor we read everywhere, we all know that they can't always fall asleep eight hours, so let's think about improving the quality of sleep and not the quantity. 

Try to have a regular life when it comes to sleep, this will help you get used to the number of hours you can sleep. You can also follow tips such as: no screens before bedtime, dim lights in your home and devices with WiFi, or other wireless connections, as far as possible from you. 

If you manage to live in a balanced yogi way with these tips you are going to really enjoy its benefits on your overall health for both your body and your mind.

This article was brought to you by the Team at Tiger Nuts USA and was written for us by our Yoga expert Amber. Hope you enjoy....Namaste!

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