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10 Benefits You Will Feel Immediately if You Include Yoga in Your Daily Schedule

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If you’re someone who has been practicing yoga for a while now, you are well-aware of the reward this ancient practice bestows. Yoga influences and transforms our overall lifestyle and well-being. If the art is new to you, then you can feel its benefits after just a single session. The art provides immense advancements after even an hour session, so imagine how it would help us if we started living the yogic way.

Living in a yogic way doesn’t mean you have to practice abstinence. It’s about following certain rituals to follow the idealistic lifestyle in the modern world. From waking up with the sun to going to sleep on time, by making a few changes, you’d be all set to experience the change.

Here is the list of benefits you feel if you include yoga in your daily schedule:

1. Stabilizes Emotions

Emotions have the potential to impact our mental wellbeing, and with yoga, one can bring positivity into their life and help with your moods. 

The practice of asanas, pranayama, and meditation helps our brain boosts happy hormones along producing oxytocin, helping to improve emotional and mental health. By practicing yoga regularly, you can experience greater happiness and peace of mind.

2. Benefits Relationships

Yoga helps to keep you grounded and bring awareness of self, people, and the environment. The practice teaches you to let go of your ego, allowing a better and deeper connection with others. The practice benefits your relationships, making you value them more and helping you feel fuller and peaceful.

3. Improvement in Focus

Yoga is the ideal practice to enhance focus and improve concentration because it makes you stay in the present moment. Yoga improves memory, coordination, and senses of focus. We often feel that our mind wonders, so incorporating yoga into your daily routine will make you feel less distracted and sharpen the mind.

“Lack of direction, not lack of time, is the problem. We all have twenty-four hour days.” – Zig Ziglar

4. Better Sleep

Our lifestyle and sleeping habits are one of the biggest reasons for us feeling lethargic all day. Yoga exercises strengthen your muscles and also release tension, making us feel relaxed. This helps with better and more restful sleep, curbs insomnia, and lets you experience the feeling of lightness throughout the body and mind.

5. Relief from Body Aches

Yoga can and will help you to find relief to body aches. Consistently practicing yoga enhances the functionality of the body that stretches and strengthens the muscles along with releasing pain. Yoga relieves strain, eases tightness, and makes you feel relaxed.

6. Builds Self-Confidence

Having confidence seems to be a simple concept, but for many, it is complex and tough. People seek perfection instead of accepting their flaws and celebrating their uniqueness. The practice of yoga brings awareness and leads you to self-acceptance, making you love yourself. This boosts self-confidence and makes you stand tall and strong in the world.

7. Corrects Posture and Balance

Hunching over smartphones to staring at a computer screen all day takes a toll on our back and spine, making it impossible to have perfect posture in modern times. Yoga stretches the muscles surrounding the joints and relieves the discomfort. The practice improves our balance and corrects our posture.

8. More Disciplinary Life

Yoga is a disciplinary practice, and when we perform it daily, it imbibes similar features into our lives. When we start practicing certain rituals, our mind and body get trained similarly, and we perform everything better. This brings about a change in our lifestyle, making it better and healthier.

“Yoga has a sly, clever way of short circuiting the mental patterns that cause anxiety.” – Baxter Bell

9. Promotes Self-Care 

The fast-paced lifestyle of today leaves us no time for ‘me time’ or to take care of ourselves. The restorative practice of yoga makes us aware of our true self and makes us present and mindful. It helps us with making conscious decisions to make time out to actively participate in self-care rituals. The more we practice, the better we feel.

10. Relaxed and Stress free Body and Mind

As mentioned, the lifestyle we have chosen for self is encircled with stress and opens the pathway for a lot of health issues, mainly the modern-day ailments. With yoga, you can induce relaxing filler in yourself that relieves stress, releases tension, and helps us to keep all the agitations at bay. Yoga is beautiful, and it knows what we need so it facilitates the same.

Benefits of yoga are endless. With every day practice, you work on building a healthy and happier life for yourself. 

Do you practice the art of yoga? If you do, please share your favorite reasons why you practice it below!

Bipin Baloni is a passionate Yogi, Yoga Teacher and a Traveller in India. He organizes 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training in Nepal. Bipin Baloni conducts Ayurveda Courses in India. He loves writing and reading books related to yoga, health, nature, Himalayas and Trekking in India.

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These 7 Daily Resolutions Can Change Your Life

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We all strive to be better every day. Most of us want a new day to bring something new, and we plan for it as well. Of course, the execution is debatable as procrastination is real and it becomes an overwhelming feeling at times. Also, not to forget the customary practice of making resolutions on new year’s eve!  All of us are fascinated by the thought of preparing long lists of resolves to mark the beginning of a new year. Not sure how many people are able to translate these resolutions into functional realities. (more…)

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4 Reasons Why Content Is Pivotal For Mental Health Healing

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One of the most important things for an entrepreneur’s mental health is expressing their feelings, thoughts, and emotions. This is where content creation and writing becomes pivotal. Whether you read something that resonates with you or you write a compelling blog post, the act of expressing yourself through content can help to put a smile on your face and make you feel better about things.

Most entrepreneurs don’t spend as much time taking care of their mental health as they should. Over the course of your career, you will experience a lot of ups and downs; these emotions have the potential to take a toll on your mind and body if you don’t learn to manage them properly.

Here are four reasons why expression through content is pivotal for healing, slowing yourself down, and giving yourself grace when the going gets tough.

1. Content can be a form of self-expression

When you are an entrepreneur, you frequently face feelings of insecurity, doubt, fear, apathy, and exhaustion, just to name a few. Some days it feels like no one is on your business’s side and everyone else has it all figured out. On those days some of us try to look at our website’s analytics to cheer up. 

But an even more freeing task is creating content. You create content to improve your business and reach more people’s lives. But, there is something special that happens when you write with the intention of expressing your thoughts and feelings — you open a door to yourself. 

Content is inherently personal, which means content creators open themselves up when they share their thoughts on a platform. Everything from the title of the post, the keywords they choose to include, and even the content itself helps you to understand who the author of that post truly is. And as an entrepreneur, this can be an important experience because it allows others to empathize with you.

2. Self-reflection will lift you up

As you think through what to write about and how to express yourself, the process of self reflection is a valuable step you need to go through. You’re able to reflect on the blessings you have, assess what you learned from the negative experiences, and create a plan on how to maintain the positive experiences you’ve had. 

There are a few ways that self reflection can help you with mental health healing. The act of reflecting on your experiences helps to create clarity in feelings, thoughts and emotions which will eventually lead into acceptance for what has happened or is happening currently without feeling overwhelmed by it all. This process also leads people towards finding new things they enjoy doing. Self reflection is therapeutic and can be implemented anytime you feel the need to overcome overwhelm.

“Writing in a journal each day allows you to direct your focus to what you accomplished, what you’re grateful for and what you’re committed to doing better tomorrow. Thus, you more deeply enjoy your journey each day.” – Hal Elrod

3. A sense of belonging and camaraderie

It is important to have a support network of people who will listen and understand what you are going through. When you post a blog or upload a video on YouTube, there are others who feel the same way and experience a sense of connection with you.

When you put time, attention and thoughtfulness into your writing, it is amazing when someone reads what you’ve written and comments on it thanking you or expressing how they resonate with what you’re going through. It’s hard to put into words how powerful it feels when someone who has gone through the same experience and reads your words then reaches out.  There is power in expression but miracles happen when people bond over a similar experience.

4. Library of content to share with more people

It can be very difficult to know what content to share with people as the symptoms of mental health disorders (anxiety, depression, etc.) vary from person to person. But as you accumulate more and more content, this will increase the number of articles or videos available for readers to choose from depending on their specific purpose. It also builds your personal library of resources you’re able to share to different people you encounter or engage directly with.

As chaotic and distracting social media can be, it can also be a beacon of hope with the right content. Many people share viral posts, or content that interest them. Since your content is valuable and personal, the more you share it, the more likely it is to be shared with the right audience.

You never know who is watching (reading)

Your content is speaking to someone and even though they may not be actively engaged, their experiences with your work are impacting them. Think about the last time you watched TV: did everyone in the room have something entertaining to say? 

You never know who’s watching because there’s always somebody reading your posts or viewing your videos-even if they just skim through it briefly. This is why creating content worth consuming is critical, not only to get you out of your funk, but also to serve your audience.  Be authentic and stay true to yourself; make every post count as an opportunity for connection with your best self and for potential readers to bond with you.

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5 Ways To Invest In Yourself and Change Your Life

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Warren Buffett once said, the best investment you can ever make is in yourself. Time and money spent on bettering yourself are never considered a waste. Whether it’s through learning how to make money online, exploring new ways to increase your financial security, or watching TED talks to expand your knowledge. Do not be stingy when it comes to self-improvement because it will definitely pay off in the end. 

Need some ideas to get started on your journey to becoming a better you? Here are 5 ways to invest in yourself and transform your life. 

1. Change Your Self-Concept

Having a negative self-concept can have a tremendous impact on your life. Limiting beliefs and self-doubt are some of the main reasons why many never achieve or attempt to pursue their dreams. Take a moment and think about all the negative thoughts you have repeated to yourself throughout your life. How have these thoughts impacted the way you live life? From now on, create a new self-image by turning these negative thoughts into positive ones and appreciate your good qualities. 

2. Sign Up For An Online Course

If you’ve been wanting to brush up on your Photoshop skills or learn how to code professionally, this is the perfect time to get started. As long as you have a stable internet connection, you can access an endless amount of valuable information online. For example, sites like Coursera and Youtube are both awesome resources for online learning. With a few search strings and clicks, you can find all the information you need. 

“Investing in yourself is the best investment you can make. It will not only improve your life, it will improve the lives of all those around you.” – Robin Sharma

3. Learn From a Mentor

No matter which stage of your life you are currently in, working with a mentor can help you stay motivated and focused on your goals. Not only can they guide you in the right direction, but also transform your vision, provide you with new insights, and connect you with amazing resources. If you’re feeling unmotivated or unsure about what you want to do in life, consider finding a mentor to help you navigate this process. 

4. Start A Side Hustle

The salary from a 9-5 job would rarely allow you to reach your maximum income potential. Why not achieve financial success while pursuing your passion by starting a side hustle? Whether it’s through starting an ecommerce business, freelance writing on the side, or starting a Youtube channel. There are infinite numbers of ways to make money, and there is bound to be one out there that fits your passion and skills. 

5. Nourish Your Body

As many may say, “health is the new wealth”. Without a healthy and functioning body, living a fulfilling and comfortable life becomes difficult. To take care of your body and prioritize your wellbeing, start with small habits such as eating healthier foods and exercising regularly. Bike or walk to work instead of taking the car, and opt for a healthy protein bowl instead of greasy burgers at Burger King. With time, these small habits can make an incredible difference.

Check out the infographic below, to see more ways you can invest in yourself:

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How to Turn Inward and Detox Your Mind

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When we are overwhelmed by confusion, our psyche tries to establish certainty to alleviate our discomfort. This is usually accomplished by mentally imagining and acting out a plot. Unfortunately, much of the time, we mentally visualize pessimistic (or worst-case scenario) scenarios to provide certainty. (more…)

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