Pranayama And Meditation
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This is where the practice moves entirely into the realms of the mind. And unfortunately, this is where most people struggle! However, skipping these practices is like putting in the effort to go to an ATM machine to withdraw money, but leaving without collecting it from the dispenser. You have put all that effort into preparing the body and mind through Yoga asanas, now is the time you reap the benefits. This is where you ‘tone the mind’, learn to be more mindful, and manifest changes in your personality and temperament. Some simple but powerful Pranayama practices you can include at this stage are equal breathing, box breathing, or alternate nostril breathing. You can then rest in Shavasana to conclude the session.
Yoga is a powerful practice that is not limited to asanas; in fact, asanas simply prepare us for yoga. Once you learn to make that distinction, maintain breath awareness in your practice, and regularly do Pranayama and meditation, you will see a complete transformation in your physical and mental health.
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