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Insights from Paul Harrison, Daily Meditation
“Nothing beats using yoga for positivity. Indeed, yoga is one of the best ways to cultivate positive mental health and well being.
Positive Psychology Today says, ‘The link between yoga and positive psychology is a strong one… yoga offers an excellent opportunity to enter flow, the state of being fully engaged and present in the moment with no attention paid to the time passing.’
One of the best things about yoga is that it perfectly balances the physical with the mental. It is exercise for body and mind. And it is one of the best ways to enhance positive emotions like joy and happiness.
If you want to use yoga for positive energy and positive thoughts, work on both the mental and physical aspect simultaneously.
Use the asanas (postures) of yoga for positive thoughts as well as positive energy
Asanas are the poses that we all know and love in yoga. Downward Dog? Asana. Corpse pose? Asana. But these asanas aren’t just a way of stretching your body. They revolve around the chakras and nadi.
Each chakra is associated with both physical and mental states.
As we get into asanas, we shouldn’t just be putting our bodies in specific positions, we should also be putting our minds in specific positions by meditating on the asana.
To start using yoga for positive thoughts, try this:
- Enter into your asana
- Meditate on the energy in your body
- Make your mind one with your body
- Take 15 breaths while meditating in this position. Feel the positive energy yoga is giving your mind and your body. And notice how you start to think positive thoughts.
That’s the key to using yoga for positive energy–it is done in the mind, not just in the body.
When you enter an asana, meditate on it. Focus the mind on it. This doesn’t just stretch the body, but the mind too. This is the first guiding principle of using yoga for positivity: engage the mind in the pose of the body.”
Try this while engaging in today’s Gentle class. Here is the link: https://zoom.us/rec/share/ytBnCOyqyXFIep3TyxDUdpYCBtnvX6a81yMX-6ZZnky36ElHMLJWEZ-Mj66KPf2V?startTime=1584644899000.